There’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”
Ever 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”
I’m much too weedy to climb an actual mountain, so Milkman became my Everest. Sometimes it was slow going and exhausting, occasionally I needed a restorative cup of tea, but every second was an amazing experience.
It starts with one of the most attention-grabbing sentences I’ve ever read: “The day Somebody McSomebody put a gun to my breast and called me a cat and threatened to shoot me was the same day the milkman died.”
From that point, I was gripped. Continue reading “Review: Milkman by Anna Burns”
Imagine an England without internet or mobile phones, where people leave their doors unlocked and neighbours help each other; a time when affairs are common, and fast-spreading, malicious gossip can ruin lives.
Welcome to my first review of 2019! Washington Black is an outstanding book to start the year. Esi Edugyan has created a genre-defying novel that veers between slave narrative and fantastical adventure with a dash of steampunk thrown in. Continue reading “Review: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan”
Happy New Year, readers! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. This week, we’ll be listing the ‘Best Books of 2018’.
Top Ten Tuesday was launched by The Broke and the Bookish and has been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl since January 2018. If you’d like to find out more, or to create your own list, simply visit the host website by clicking here. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I Read in 2018”
Christmas is truly over! There are no more Brussel sprouts in the fridge and I’ve finished my mini detective-readathon.
Murder at the Old Vicarage was the last novel on my list and looked like the perfect book for the holiday season. With a snowy front cover and ‘A Christmas Mystery’ stamped on the front, I’d readied myself for a festive bonanza. Continue reading “Christmas Review: Murder at the Old Vicarage by Jill McGown”
I’m late to the party with Vox. This book received rave reviews earlier in the year but now that I’ve picked it up I’m feeling conflicted. It’s an enjoyable page turner for fans of dystopian fiction, but the ending didn’t meet my (unrealistically high) expectations. Continue reading “Review: Vox by Christina Dalcher”
This book packs an emotional punch. Half Blood Blues is a story of jazz and betrayal in Nazi-occupied Europe. Author Esi Edugyan evokes sensations, feelings and sounds in wonderful, and sometimes terrifying, detail.
The novel begins in 1940, with talented, young musician Hieronymus Falk. As a black German citizen, he has been forced into statelessness by the Nazi regime. In 1940 “the boots” arrest him in a Parisian café. He’s never seen again. Continue reading “Review: Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan”
If you could inflict pain with a wave your hand, would you do it? Naomi Alderman’s novel imagines a world where women become the dominant sex. When a genetic mutation lets teenage girls shoot electricity from their fingertips, the traditional power balance flips and men find themselves at risk. Continue reading “The Power by Naomi Alderman”