Yaa Gyasi's "Homegoing" has easily earned it's place in my list of favourites. A brutal, honest look at the slave trade and its legacy, the story explores the families of two half sisters with very different destinies. I fell in love with each of the characters and couldn't wait to pick it up again. Needless to say, it's 5 stars from me.
A fast paced story of mixed media, "All this Has Nothing to Do with Me" is a peculiar story of love and obsession. Lacking a traditional narrative, this book is intriguing but won't be to everyone's taste. I liked the story and I enjoyed reading something different, but unfortunately I felt that something was missing. Monica Sabolo's story gets 3 stars from me.
"Lily and Octopus" is a cute read about one man's relationship with his dog. It's emotional and heartwarming with a little bit of humour entwined. It's strange middle will have to knock a star off but still a solid 4 stars from me.
A powerful book of a man who has lived through years, decades and centuries. He's seen it all and is only just learning how to live. Flicking between present day and his past, I fell in love with the story of Tom Hazard, its thought provoking quotes and its reflective honesty. Matt Haig's "How to Stop Time" is getting five stars from me.
A powerful short read which draws you in to it's dreamlike world. It's odd, but it's good. Deborah Levy's "Hot Milk" gets 4 stars from me.
A raw, honest story which really makes you think. Jodi Picoult's "Small Great Things" has had me gripped for the past couple of weeks and had characters which were so detailed that it felt as though this story was real. With few reasons to mark it down, I'll be giving this story 4 stars.
A very readable, decent thriller about a couple who's baby is kidnapped after being left alone in the house next door. Gripping, honest and twisted but unfortunately the writing style and conveniences towards the end knock a few stars off this one. I will be giving Shari Lapena's "The Couple Next Door" 3 stars.
It's 4 stars for this creepy page turner about being followed on the London Underground. It makes you think, it keeps you guessing. With a good balance between genres, this psychological thriller is fast paced and worth a read, even if it's just to make you change up your routine once in a while.
This must be a book which divides people. A worldwide bestseller which I can see is loved by many but I just didn't get it, feeling let down by vague characters and a poor ending. I don't see the appeal of "The Girls" and will be scoring this one 2 stars.
A heartwarming story of the things that make life important. Weaving between two story lines which eventually come together, this story is eloquently written and left a smile on my face. I'll be giving Ruth Hogan's "The Keeper of Lost Things" 4 stars. Now for "the lovely cup of tea"...