Wrap Ups

February 2020 Reading Wrap Up

Please ignore the fact that I've accidentally put The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali into this photo, when it was in fact part of my January 2020 Reading Wrap Up Part Two. I apparently cannot keep track of my reading properly! I read five physical books this month and one e-book, which is fairly good… Continue reading February 2020 Reading Wrap Up

Book Hauls

Book Haul – March 2020

Most of the books I've bought this month have been for the Women's Prize for Fiction longlist, as I would like to attempt to read all of the nominated books again this year. So far, I have read four of the longlisted books, and am part way through another, so I feel as though I'm… Continue reading Book Haul – March 2020

Book Reviews

Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 – Dominicana Review

    Publisher: John Murray Cover Design: Adalis Martinez Format: Hardback Pages: 319 Rating: 5/5 Book Depository: Hardback Content Warnings: Rape - both statutory and marital; cheating; domestic violence; racism   The content warnings mentioned above give some clue as to how difficult Dominicana is to read, whether you are personally affected by these things or not. From child marriage… Continue reading Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020 – Dominicana Review

Book Tags

Book Tag – Book Blogger Memory Challenge

Looking for book tags, I stumbled across this one, which seemed interesting and potentially fun, as my memory is notoriously questionable. The original creator of the tag does not appear to be active any longer, as their link is no longer available. However, I will link you to the blog where I found it -… Continue reading Book Tag – Book Blogger Memory Challenge

Book Reviews

Book Review – Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Publisher: Picador Cover Design: Sunmark Publishing Inc. Format: Paperback Pages: 213 Rating: 5/5 Book Depository: Paperback Content Warnings: Dementia; death of a loved one Whilst I love to sample literature from all around the world, there is something about Japanese literature that particularly intrigues me, and I would love to visit the country one day. Before the Coffee Gets Cold was… Continue reading Book Review – Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Music Related

February 2020 Reading Playlist

This month, I have been all about the melodic or atmospheric music, ranging from black metal to synth pop. Get ready to be thoroughly confused by my music tastes, and please leave any recommendations or favourites in the comments!  1. iii by Puppy  Puppy were announced for Download festival this year, and I was curious… Continue reading February 2020 Reading Playlist

Book Reviews

Romance Week Book Review – The Flatshare

Publisher: Quercus Cover Design: Ghost Design & Andy Bridge Format: Hardback Pages: 391 Rating: 4/5 Book Depository: Paperback//Hardback Content Warnings: Gaslighting; violence; emotional abuse; manipulation Romance has always been a genre I have given a wide berth, given the stereotype of it being somewhat cheesy and that I haven't always enjoyed romance elements in other types of literature. However, with the recent… Continue reading Romance Week Book Review – The Flatshare

Book Reviews

Book Review – The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

Publisher: Scholastic Cover Design: Maeve Norton Format: Paperback Pages: 332 Rating: 4/5 Book Depository: Paperback Content Warnings: Homophobia; arranged marriage; child abuse; xenophobia; murder   Rukhsana Ali has found a balance between most of the important aspects of her life - she has been accepted into Caltech, her first choice university, she has amazing friends and has a girlfriend she loves.… Continue reading Book Review – The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

Reading Wrap Ups

January 2020 Reading Wrap Up Part Two

  The second half of January saw me do something I have never before felt comfortable doing during my reading journey - I DNFd a book. In the past, I have struggled so intensely with the concept of not finishing books, that I simply have refused to do it. However, this year I felt I… Continue reading January 2020 Reading Wrap Up Part Two

Book Hauls

Book Haul – January 2020 Part Two

  2020 Pre-Orders: 1. Pine by Francine Toon - Released 23rd January 2020 I was late picking this one up from Waterstones, because I was doing extra work for my company, but I'm now on holiday and am about half way through this. It is about Lauren and her father Niall, and the mystery that… Continue reading Book Haul – January 2020 Part Two