"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!
“Weather” wasn't really a book I can say I enjoyed. I struggled to follow along some parts as the subjects flicked around in this inner monologue. This wasn't for me, but it's clear that it appeals to a lot of people and has been nominated for several prizes. Perhaps I'll give it another try some time down the line.
“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!
"An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones was a book of two parts for me. The first was compelling, the second not so much. I definitely didn't hate it but it wasn't my favourite either, sitting somewhere in the middle with 3 stars.
Although "Stay With Me" is full of grief and sadness, it’s beautifully written. Focused on marriage, love, family and motherhood, it explores how people need more than love to be truly happy. It wasn't perfect for me, but still a good 4 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!
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
I know I'm in the minority here but I really couldn't get into this book. In a post apocalyptic world, a group of travelling musicians and actors wasn't enough to keep my gripped or engaged. Not awful, but with too much going on and not enough attention paid to characters and crucial plot points, "Station Eleven" is getting 2 stars from me.
This one is difficult to review without saying too much but it's full of suspense, anticipation and has an atmosphere I felt immersed in. I loved this psychological thriller and will be scoring "The Paying Guests" 5 stars.