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 – 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 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

Book Related Lists

Book Prizes I’m Interested in for 2020

Last year I read the longlist for the Women's Prize for Fiction in its entirety, and will hopefully be doing the same again this year, but I wanted to have a think about other prizes I could select books from, and this is a list of ones I'm currently interested in.  1. Women's Prize for… Continue reading Book Prizes I’m Interested in for 2020

Reviews

Review – Picnic in the Storm

  Publisher: Corsair Books Translated by: Asa Yoneda Cover Art: Nico Taylor and Isabel Reitemeyer Format: Hardback Pages: 209 Rating: 4/5 Book Depository: Paperback // Hardback Content Warnings: Incest; violence; mistreatment of animals   Motoya's eccentric short story collection steeped in the ever so slightly out of the ordinary is unique and provides subtle commentaries on society and societal concepts such as marriage. What initially… Continue reading Review – Picnic in the Storm

Readthon TBRs

Simsathon Readathon 2019 TBR

This month I will be participating in the Simsathon, which is hosted by Bianca Reads. You can find her announcement video here. There are a number of challenges you can complete that are related to the Sims and each of these challenges gives you a certain number of points. The aim is to earn as many points as… Continue reading Simsathon Readathon 2019 TBR

Man Booker International Shortlist Reviews

Man Booker International Shortlist Review – The Pine Islands

  Publisher: Serpent's Tail Format: Hardback Pages: 180 Rating: 3/5 Book Depository: Hardback   Gilbert Silvester dreams about his wife cheating on him one night and immediately launches himself on a trip to Japan. He discovers the writings of Bashō and attempts to embark on a similar journey. Along the way he takes a young, suicidal student under his… Continue reading Man Booker International Shortlist Review – The Pine Islands