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

Reimagining the Women's Prize

Project Announcement – Reading the Women’s Prize Past to Present

Today I am announcing a long-term project for myself in an attempt to understand the passing changes in popular themes in fiction throughout the past twenty five years that the women's prize for fiction has been running. My aim will be to read the longlist from each year, review each book on here, and subsequently… Continue reading Project Announcement – Reading the Women’s Prize Past to Present

End of the Year Lists

10 Least Favourite Books of 2019

On a slightly more negative note than yesterday's post, these are the books I disliked the most in 2019. They may have had problematic elements, I may have found them boring, or they may have angered me in some way. I still own six of them (although they will most likely be off to a… Continue reading 10 Least Favourite Books of 2019

End of the Year Lists

10 Favourite Books of 2019

I read eighty four books in 2019, which is a great deal more than I have read in years previous, so I had a lot more contenders for my top ten favourites list. However, I have managed to whittle it down and these are the ones that I still think about now regardless of when… Continue reading 10 Favourite Books of 2019

Women's Prize Longlist 2019 Reviews

Women’s Prize Longlist Review – An American Marriage

  Publisher: Oneworld Publications Format: Paperback Pages: 306 Rating: 2/5 Book Depository: Paperback Content Warnings: Institutional racism; abuse; violence   Celestial and Roy have not been married long before Roy is arrested and jailed for a rape he did not commit. He is sentenced to twelve years in prison, which for an already struggling couple, is an eternity. The question… Continue reading Women’s Prize Longlist Review – An American Marriage

Women's Prize Longlist 2019 Reviews

Women’s Prize Longlist Review – Number One Chinese Restaurant

  Publisher: ONE Format: Hardback Pages: 329 Rating: 3/5 Book Depository: Paperback // Hardback   Beneath the everyday comings and goings of the Beijing Duck House in Maryland, there is a web of complex family relationships and messy feelings. When Johnny Han decides to take drastic measures to open his own fusion restaurant and turn his back on his late father's… Continue reading Women’s Prize Longlist Review – Number One Chinese Restaurant

Women's Prize Longlist 2019 Reviews

Women’s Prize Longlist Review – Lost Children Archive

  Publisher: 4th Estate Format: Hardback Pages: 377 Rating: 3/5 Book Depository: Hardback   A married couple embark on a journey from New York to Arizona with their children from previous relationships. The husband wishes to research the Apaches, but the wife wishes to research lost migrant children and find her friend's two lost daughters. There is an overwhelming sense… Continue reading Women’s Prize Longlist Review – Lost Children Archive

Women's Prize Longlist 2019 Reviews

Women’s Prize Longlist Review – Praise Song for the Butterflies

  Publisher: Jacaranda Format: Hardback Pages: 264 Rating: 5/5 Book Depository: Hardback   Abeo is a happy, healthy nine year old living in West Africa with her loving parents. She is comfortable and safe. That is, until her father falls victim to a string of bad luck. Then Abeo's life changes forever. Her father takes her to a shrine to… Continue reading Women’s Prize Longlist Review – Praise Song for the Butterflies

Readthon TBRs

May 2019 TBR

  Women's Prize Longlist Entries: The Women's Prize shortlist has now been announced, and three of the remaining books on my TBR for it have in fact been shortlisted, so I'm not overly worried about this list. I will still read and review Number One Chinese Restaurant and Lost Children Archive, as I have been… Continue reading May 2019 TBR