"An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell" is an enjoyable quick read, but it's not something that's going to stay with me forever. It sits somewhere in the middle of my varying opinions of Deborah Levy's work so far - 3 stars.
For the most part, "Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole: Extraordinary Journeys into the Human Brain" is a really engaging, interesting and educational read. The conditions that are described are fascinating, especially from the doctor's perspective, but I couldn't really warm to the doctor or his outdated opinions. This one gets 3 stars from me.
"Strange Weather in Tokyo" is a wonderful piece of uncluttered Japanese literature. This is a quirky romance that I'd recommend and I'm looking forward to reading more of Hiromi Kawakami's work. 4 stars!
"The Guest Cat" is a short and sweet book that I'd recommend for cat-lovers but also for fans of Japanese literature. It wasn't one of my favourites, but it's a short, quick read that'll warm your heart. 3 stars from me.
Today we're celebrating “Gorgito's Ice Rink” with a birthday blitz! "Gorgito's Ice Rink" is an interesting story, especially for someone with little knowledge of Russia. This book is a tale of love, loss and broken promises that deserves a little love on its publication birthday. I'm sure many people will enjoy this story and learn a little bit while reading too.
I gave "Running Like a Girl" 4 stars on my first read and I think I enjoyed it even more second time round. I'd recommend this book for anyone who wants to run, or is thinking about running, but needs that extra push to get out the door - 5 stars!
Deborah Levy's early novel "The Unloved" was odd and felt disconnected. I didn't really understand what was going on and therefore didn't enjoy reading it very much - 1 star.
Again I'm underwhelmed by Jessie Burton, and I'm beginning to think that perhaps she's not the author for me. "The Miniaturist" started well but couldn't really keep me interested and its 400+ pages dragged on quite a lot which definitely didn't help the situation. I didn't hate it but I won't be recommending this book to anyone in a hurry - 2 stars.
Bridget Jones's Diary was an easy four star read for me. It's certainly not the best book ever written, but it's fun, British and so relatable. Who hasn't had body insecurities, faced a stinking hangover or felt the judgement of others? I'd recommend this book for fans of the film - read it and fall in love with Bridget all over again!
I somehow found myself immersed in the world of Dorte Hansen, a bored, lost young woman trying to find her place in the world. Nothing that happens is all that interesting, but that's kind of the point. I didn't love it, but I still enjoyed it so it's 3 stars from me.