Review: Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal

Unmarriageable Sobiah KamalPride and Prejudice in Pakistan. Who can resist that tag line?

Soniah Kamal has moved Jane Austen’s most famous romance to a brand new setting. The Bennets are now the Binat family living in Pakistan in the early 2000s.

Unmarriageable sticks closely to the original plot: Five impoverished sisters are under pressure to find husbands.

Like the Bennets in the original novel, the Binats are hanging onto their privileged status by their fingernails. Conned out of money by unscrupulous relatives, Mrs Binat is determined to marry her daughters to wealthy men.   Continue reading “Review: Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal”

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Couples in Books

Top Ten TuesdayHello readers! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s theme is ‘Favourite Couples in Books’.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature that was launched by The Broke and the Bookish. It has been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl since January 2018.

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Review: Little by Edward Carey

Little by Edward CareyThis gorgeously grotesque book features body parts of all shapes and sizes. Go out and pick up a copy today. Just don’t read it while you’re eating.

Little fictionalises the life of Madam Tussaud. Born in the eighteenth century, this famous woman narrowly escaped the guillotine in France before touring Britain with a macabre set of death masks taken from the Revolution’s victims. Continue reading “Review: Little by Edward Carey”

Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

The Immortalists by Chloe BenjaminThere’s something unsettling about books that make you stare mortality in the face. After I finished The Immortalists I sat down and – for the first time ever – made a bucket list. Even if I never learn to create a soufflé or walk the Pennine Way, it gave me back the sense of control that this story rips away. Continue reading “Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin”

Review: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrEver since The Book Thief made me sob on the bus, I’ve avoided reading novels about World War Two on public transport. So, when I decided to take All the Light We Cannot See on a train, I knew there was a high chance I’d need tissues.

In the end, I stayed dry-eyed but it was a close run thing. Anthony Doerr’s beautifully written story focuses on two teenagers in occupied Europe; a French girl who supports the resistance and a young Nazi radio operator. In their own ways, they’re both victims of the war. Continue reading “Review: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr”

4 Ways Children’s Literature Gave Me Unrealistic Expectations About Life

Children's booksI had an adventurous childhood. I flew with dragons, scaled beanstalks and met a whole zoo’s worth of talking animals.

When I pulled my head out of a book, real life was fun but more… mundane. My friends and I never foiled gangs of international smugglers and the back of my wardrobe remained disappointingly solid (I know because I checked).

As I got older, I realised that good parenting might be the cause. Lake-side holidays involved lifejackets and supervision instead of Swallows-and-Amazons-style neglect.

Taking Turkish Delight from witches was also a big no. I’d been given the stranger danger talk and, unlike Edmund, I’d listened. 

Now that I’m in my 30s and “adulting” I’ve had to look reality in the face; I’ll never ride a sparkly unicorn into battle and wouldn’t want to anyway. Continue reading “4 Ways Children’s Literature Gave Me Unrealistic Expectations About Life”

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I (Still!) Mean to Read

Top Ten TuesdayHello readers! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday looks at the books I added to my must-read list over the last few months. The topic is ‘books I didn’t get to in 2018’.

These weekly lists were launched by The Broke and the Bookish and have been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl since January 2018. If you’d like to find out more, or plan to get involved, simply visit the host website by clicking here Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I (Still!) Mean to Read”