Hello all. As I’m sure most of you lovely bloggers and readers are aware, Lionel Shriver recently bashed Penguin Random House for their intentions to continue to pursue BAME talents. She basically said that by pursuing BAME authors PRH were compromising on quality… As if people of colour can’t write books as excellent as white… Read More In Light of Lionel Shriver… Some recent favourites from BAME authors!
Dracula by Bram Stoker Easily one of my favourite books of all time, not just one of my favourite classics, is Bram Stoker’s brilliant gothic novel. The story of vampire, Count Dracula, is one that crosses Europe and brings horror to the English landscape, a place rarely touched by the gothic tradition. I always found… Read More My favourite classics
Kit Mallory’s dystopian Britain is compelling and well-crafted, and definitely something to fear. For me, the divide was one of the most interesting qualities of the story when I started reading Blackout. I wondered how she was going to tackle a North/South divide, how she could possibly make sense of it being so brutal without it… Read More Blackout by Kit Mallory
I’ve been wanting to write this review for a while but have found it as difficult to write as it was to read the book. This is one of the hardest books I’ve read in a while. But it’s also one of the most important YA books I think I’ve ever read. The subject matter… Read More I Stop Somewhere by T. E. Carter
I was immediately impressed by the character focus in Eleanor Oliphant. I really enjoy subdued plotlines with more character development and the voice of Eleanor was interesting to engage with. Initially, I was humoured by the sense of inexperience and neutrality in Eleanor’s life, the repetitiveness of her routine and attitudes. When her character starts… Read More Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Autumn I was really excited to pick up Autumn by Ali Smith, simply for the attractive quartet aspect to her series. I loved the idea of a novel representing each season, starting in my favourite time of year, and leading into the coming seasons. I don’t read many prize-nominated titles but I’m determined to change… Read More Autumn by Ali Smith
I’ve been craving a YA voice that I can love for so long and finally, after picking up this book, I found it. There’s something so refreshing and familiar about Penny. The familiarity of the small town girl with a suspenseful storyline is chilling and welcoming, easy to fall into, and it pairs so well… Read More The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw