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".
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 decent family story with realistic varied characters, I found that "The Last Anniversary" couldn't impress me with its mystery, but kept me interested with its relationships and family dramas. I'm intrigued by Liane Moriarty's writing and will keep her in mind when choosing my next books, however this book was just too long and the predictable reveal of the Munro baby means this book is only getting three 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 charming little YA book about a girl with amnesia trying to explore the world and find her man. Despite its flaws, the disjointed style of "The One Memory of Flora Banks" makes a heartwarming read which I'm scoring 3 stars.
A psychological thriller to start which becomes unrealistic and disappointing. After an exciting and gripping first half, I was so upset to see this book go down hill and couldn't connect with the remaining half. I'm sadly giving "Dear Amy" 3 stars.
An informative read about my favourite animal which really put a smile on my face. 5 stars!
A powerful plot with interesting characters and themes but sadly with a disappointing ending. Slightly too long and drawn out which scores the crime story "Black Eyed Susans" 3 stars.
I really loved this story of moving on after loss and heartbreak. With detailed, realistic characters, the funny, honest and sweet sequel to "Me Before You", "After You", scores 5 stars.