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!
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 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 decided to pick up YOU by Caroline Kepnes when I heard it was being made into a TV show on Netflix this year. I was curious to see how they would transform this kind of story into a show, due to the content I’d been warned about by those that had read it. And… Read More YOU by Caroline Kepnes
I just finished reading The Treatment and am feeling lots of emotions right now. I picked it up yesterday morning for my bus journey to work and I struggled to put it down. I had to sit at my desk with my book in my bag for eight hours, and it was calling out to me. I… Read More The Treatment by C. L. Taylor
Hi all! It’s January 2018, which means it’s time to share with you the wonderful books I received for Christmas this year. First on my list is Daemon Voices by Philip Pullman, a collection of essays on storytelling and many to do with his own books. I’ve been wanting to grab this collection for so long,… Read More Christmas Books 2017