Book Review

Review: The Power, by Naomi Alderman (2016)

I have a lot to say about this novel. I’ve tried to keep this as spoiler-free as possible, but there’s so much packed into the book that I loved and I couldn’t not talk about them all. So, here goes.   The Day of the Girls. The day that 14 and 15 year old girls… Continue reading Review: The Power, by Naomi Alderman (2016)

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman (2017)

It's been a few days since I finished this book and I still haven't stopped raving about it to my family, friends, and colleagues at work. Not for a while has a book moved me so much. Un-put-down-able (not a word, but accurate) and unforgettable. What a debut for Gail Honeyman! Let's begin with our introduction… Continue reading Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman (2017)

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The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy (1997)

This novel took me a while to read – not because it was uninteresting, but because from the first page, it felt like a book that would be intricately plotted, and so I’d only sit down to read more when I knew I had plenty of time to digest every detail properly. Although I did… Continue reading The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy (1997)

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Review: This Family Of Things, by Alison Jameson (2017)

This Family Of Things was quite a surprise to me. In spite of the blurb implying that lives would change forever, I still underestimated intensity of the emotional rollercoasters (yes, that is meant to be plural) that Alison Jameson would take us on in this, her fourth novel. Let’s start at the beginning: The Prologue.… Continue reading Review: This Family Of Things, by Alison Jameson (2017)

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Books for Change: Days 6-8

​Day 6: Favourite First Line  "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again." - Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier This is my favourite book of all time* and du Maurier created a fantastic opening for it. It has everything: the intrigue, the suspense, an almost mystical atmosphere. Who's the speaker? Where/what is Manderley? Why… Continue reading Books for Change: Days 6-8

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Book Review: A God In Ruins, by Kate Atkinson (2015)

"A handful of heartbeats. That was what life was. A heartbeat followed by a heartbeat. A breath followed by a breath. One moment followed by another moment and then there was a last moment. Life was as fragile as a bird's heartbeat, fleeting as the bluebells in the wood." I adore this quote from 'A… Continue reading Book Review: A God In Ruins, by Kate Atkinson (2015)

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2017: Reading Again

Wow. Have not updated this for a long time. With various family issues, breaks away, and a university degree to complete, I've only read two, 'not-university' books in the last 8 months. It's been awful not being able to read, especially because every time I go into a book shop, I seem to leave with… Continue reading 2017: Reading Again