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 Reviews

Book Review – A Touch of Death

Format: E-book Cover Design: Heather Maddalozzo & John McKeogh Pages: 305 Rating: 4/5 Book Depository: Paperback Content Warnings: Violence; kidnap; cruelty; murder Firstly, I would like to mention that I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, so thank you to Rebecca Crunden, and for remaining patient for my review. This is… Continue reading Book Review – A Touch of Death

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 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

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

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

Reimagining the Women's Prize

Orange Prize 1996 Book Review – The Book of Colour

Publisher: Vintage Cover Images: Alexandre-François Desportes & Phillipe Blackburn Format: Paperback Pages: 180 Rating: 3/5 Book Depository: Paperback Content Warnings: Racism; violence; abuse; scenes of a sexual nature Julia Blackburn writes a memoir on behalf of her father and grandfather, outlining their experiences in the Seychelles, Mauritius and England, where they have struggled to come… Continue reading Orange Prize 1996 Book Review – The Book of Colour

Book Reviews

Book Review – A History of the World in 21 Women

Publisher: Oneworld Cover Design: James Jones Format: Paperback Pages: 292 Rating: 1/5 Content Warnings: Descriptions of violence, misogyny, terrorism and sexual assault   Being a recommendation from a resident at work, and appearing from the synopsis to be a piece of feminist non-fiction outlining the lives of some inspiring women, I was initially excited to read this. However,… Continue reading Book Review – A History of the World in 21 Women

Book Reviews

Book Review – The Family Upstairs

Publisher: Arrow Cover Design: Ceara Elliot Format: Paperback Pages: 446 Rating: 4/5 Book Depository: Paperback//Hardback Content Warnings: Violence; child abuse; rape; kidnapping/imprisonment; abandonment Three people have been found dead in what appears to be a suicide pact as part of a mysterious cult in an unsuspecting mansion in Chelsea. The police find a baby upstairs, the only member of the household who… Continue reading Book Review – The Family Upstairs

End of the Year Lists

Series 2019 – Started, Finished or Abandoned?

In 2019, I read a total of twenty two books that were either the start, continuation or end of a series. This is quite a lot for me, as usually I prefer standalone novels. I'll let you know in this post whether it was the beginning of a series, the end or a continuation and… Continue reading Series 2019 – Started, Finished or Abandoned?