"Girl, Woman, Other" is a worthy winner of the Booker Prize. Telling the story of 12 interconnected fictional characters, this is a fantastic observational novel that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend - 5 stars!
“Normal People” is an authentic, contemporary novel about romance, friendship and working out who you are and want to be. I enjoyed the narration and the style of writing is right up my street. Another 5 stars!
"My Sister, the Serial Killer" is a quick, entertaining read which I'm glad I've finally got round to reading. I enjoyed the relationship between the two sisters and the writing style too. It's a strong 4 stars from me!
It's 5 stars second time round for Deborah Levy's "Swimming Home". I really enjoy this style of book, or novella. Short but not all that sweet, it leaves you something to think about.
"The Night Watch" is the third Sarah Waters book I've read. I didn't enjoy it as much as the previous two and didn't feel such strong connections with these characters, but don't let that put you off, Waters is an amazing writer I'd highly recommend.
"Brick Lane" has been on my shelf for years and now I've finished it, I'm underwhelmed and a little disappointed. Despite some good chapters exploring what it's like to move to the UK as an immigrant, it's long and a little tedious at times - 2 stars.
Full of poignant moments, "My Name is Lucy Barton" is a story of few words but one full of meaning. Lucy is looking back at her life and the people who have helped shape it. It's realistic and it's honest. I'm scoring my first Elizabeth Strout book 4 shiny stars!
I found that this book didn't work for me. I enjoyed the first few chapters but I felt like I couldn't connect with the main character while jumping back and forth in time. I'd have loved a book with a little more Tracey and a little less Aimee, a little more school days and a little less plodding along building a school in Africa. After wanting to read this for so long, I'm sad to say it's 2 stars for Zadie Smith's "Swing Time".
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie Publication date: April 5th 2018 Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published August 15th 2017) Pages: 264 Summary: From an internationally acclaimed novelist, the suspenseful and heartbreaking story of a family ripped apart by secrets and driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences. Practical-minded Isma has spent the years … Continue reading Book Review: Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
"The Bone Clocks" was a massive disappointment. Full of characters I didn't care for and plot points that didn't have any relevance to the story whatsoever, I struggled to finish this book and am glad to have returned it to the library. Holly Sykes was a great character but those around her didn't add much to the story and just made it drag on and on and on. I didn't hate it, but I couldn't love it so "The Bone Clocks" gets 2 stars from me.