Normal People by Sally Rooney Review

I’m very late to the Normal People by Sally Rooney reading party. I only picked this book up after watching the Normal People TV series, which I really enjoyed. Such a great production! I’m usually a read the book first person then watch the movie/TV series, but I wasn’t sure if I’d like this book given all the mixed reviews on Goodreads. Some people love it, others hate it. It has many 5 star reviews and a lot of 1 star reviews. I think watching the TV series first made the book easier for me to digest. They both complement each other.

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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguru Review

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, ISBN 9780571224135, 282pp

Never Let Me Go was my first read by Kazuo Ishiguro. I’ve had a few of his books sitting on my shelf for a long time, waiting to be read. He has always been an author who I wanted to try. So, I finally picked up this book and gave it a read.

I’ve been thinking about what to say about Never Let Me Go for a while. Is it the acclaimed literary masterpiece many people call it, or is it a book that’s overrated? I’m still not entirely sure what I think about it. Continue reading

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood Review

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood review
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, ISBN 978178742324, 419pp

I finally got around to reading The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. I read this soon after my reread of The Handmaid’s Tale so the world of Gilead was still fresh in my mind. The Testaments is set 15 years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale and unfortunately it doesn’t include much detail about what happened to Offred.

It’s definitely a different kind of story to The Handmaid’s Tale. Much more commercial and action-driven. Gilead is still a big, bad place, but not as scary as when viewed from Offred’s point-of-view. Continue reading

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Review

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens book review
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, ISBN 9781472154651, 368pp

I’m a bit late to the reading party for Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I’ve been wanting to read it for a while, only I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to all the hype. But as soon as I started this book I knew I was in for a treat. I devoured it over a couple of days and loved every minute of it. The writing was superb, I was 100% invested in the story, and it made me feel so many emotions. All in all it was a 5 star read for me. It’s one of those rare books that reads like a classic and you know it will endure with time. I loved it! Continue reading

The Trick to Time by Kit De Waal Review

The Trick to Time Kit De Waal Review
The Trick to Time Kit De Waal, ISBN 9780241973417, 262pp

The Trick to Time by Kit De Waal was an emotional and beautifully written book. It tells the story of Mona, slipping backwards from the present day to the past. In the present day, Mona is about to celebrate her sixtieth birthday and this milestone has her thinking a lot about the past. She runs a business specialising in making dolls. She has friends and a good life, but there is sadness too from some tragedy in her past.

As a young girl, Mona grows up in Ireland, raised by her father after the untimely death of her mother. Like many young Irish people, she leaves Ireland for work, settling in Birmingham and meeting and falling in love with a young man named William. As the book goes back and forth between the past and present, you discover what happened between Mona and William and why Mona carries so much sadness around. Continue reading

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones Review

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones review
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, ISBN 9780143789604, 307pp

I read An American Marriage by Tayari Jones a few weeks before it won the Women’s Prize for Fiction – one of the UK’s most prestigious literary prizes. How’s that for perfect timing! I received this book via a book swap with a bookstagram friend. It’s also an Oprah Book Club pick. I was intrigued to read this book but still didn’t know much about it before reading it.

An American Marriage tells the story of two newlyweds: Celestial and Roy. Roy is a young business executive going places and Celestial is an artist on the brink of success. But as they get used to married life, something happens that changes the course of their marriage and lives forever. Continue reading

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Review

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng review
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, ISBN 9780349134284, 320pp

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng is a book I’ve been meaning to read since reading Little Fires Everywhere by the same author at the start of 2018. It took me almost a year to finally buy this book. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down.

This book is about the Lees, a Chinese American family living in a small Ohio town in the 1970s. The dad, James, is a Chinese American college professor who marries Marilyn, a white girl with ambitions of becoming a doctor. Getting pregnant with their first child halts Marilyn’s ambitions. They go on to have three children: Nath, Lydia and Hannah.

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi book review
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. ISBN 9780241975237, 305pp

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi is such an amazing novel with beautiful writing and powerful themes. It starts in 18th century Ghana and tells the stories of two sisters – Effia and Esi. Effia is married to a white British soldier who works in slavery at the Cape Coast Castle. Her sister Esi, who she never learns about and who grew up in another village, ends up being captured and sold into slavery and is taken by ship to America to work on a tobacco plantation. Continue reading