I’m a big fan of Liane Moriarty’s books, but I haven’t read her sister Nicola Moriarty‘s books before. Then I spotted a copy of Those Other Women at a book fair and snapped it up back in February. I don’t want to judge Nicola’s writing against her sister’s, but I will say that she’s a great writer in her own right.
Those Other Women was an entertaining and slightly stressful read. Why? Because it’s a book that pits women against women in the online world of Facebook groups. And as you know, women can be very mean to each other. In this book, the rivalry springs up between the Mum’s Online in Parramatta Facebook group (MOP) and a non-mum’s group called NOP. NOP is started by Poppy, who never wanted to have kids and thought her husband agreed. But then her husband leaves her for her best friend and has a child. Feeling left out and excluded from female Facebook groups where entry is based solely on being a mum, Poppy decides to start a non-mum’s group with her work friend, Annalise. Continue reading →
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 →
I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid back in January. This book was being hyped-up everywhere, so I decided to jump on the reading bandwagon. And it didn’t disappoint! In fact, I went into reading this book not knowing anything and came out feeling pleasantly surprised.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo tells the story of legendary, fictional movie star Evelyn Hugo, who lived and worked in the golden age of Hollywood. A bit like Elizabeth Taylor, Evelyn is known for having been married many times. In her old age, she chooses rookie magazine reporter Monique to interview her and write her memoir. Monique has no idea why she is being chosen by Evelyn, but she jumps at the opportunity. As Evelyn tells her story of making movies and marrying men, Monique finds that her own life is connected to Evelyn’s in a way that she never imagined.
City of Girls was my first historical fiction read by Elizabeth Gilbert. (I read Eat, Pray, Love a long time ago). I had seen City of Girls around and wasn’t sure what to expect. But I was interested enough to buy a second-hand copy from a book sale. City of Girls is set mostly in 1940s New York. It’s protagonist, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris, has just been kicked out of school and is banished by her parents to New York to stay with her Aunt Peg.
Aunt Peg runs a crumbling theatre which puts on cheap musical plays for its working class neighbourhood. It’s not up to Broadway standards, but the shows are entertaining with singing, dancing, a bit of a plot, and beautiful showgirls. Vivian is captivated by her new environment and easily swayed by the showgirl’s high life of drinking out every night and going home with no-good men. Continue reading →
*Spoiler-free review* I was so excited to get my hands on House of Earth and Blood the first book in the Crescent City series by Sarah J Maas. I enjoyed her all her Young Adult books and was curious to see what her first adult fantasy book would be like. My first impression was that it’s seriously chunky at 803 pages. That’s a lot of pages of story to get through!
I have to admit that at first, I was a bit confused by this new world SJM had created. It’s an urban fantasy world that includes four houses of which humans and all sorts of mythical beings and beasts are part of. There are humans, angels, fae, shifters like werewolves, witches, vampires, mermaids and mermen, demons and more – all occupying Crescent City. They use technology and text each other, watch reality TV and all the mundane stuff. But they also have unique powers. It’s a world that takes a little while for the reader to immerse themselves in and to learn who is who. Continue reading →
I’m a massive fan of author Marian Keyes and I’ve been reading her books for years. So, you can be sure that I snapped up her latest book Grown Ups as soon as it was released. It’s a seriously chunky read at over 600 pages long. But I found it easy to get through.
Set in Ireland, Grown Ups tells the story of three women: Jessie, Cara and Nell. They are married to the three Casey brothers (Johnny, Ed and Liam). The Casey family likes getting together regularly to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and to go on holidays. They appear to be one big happy family. But like all marriages, and all families, there are plenty of problems, secrets and tensions lurking beneath the surface. And this tension is about to explode at Johnny’s birthday party. Continue reading →
I finished When We Were Vikings by Andrew David Macdonald yesterday and it was such a surprising read. If I hadn’t been sent a review copy by the publisher, I’m not sure if I would ever have picked this up. But I’m so glad I did.
When We Were Vikings is told from the perspective of Zelda, a twenty-one-year-old Viking enthusiast. She lives with her older brother Gert and likes running her life by rules and order. Apart from Vikings and Gert, she loves her boyfriend Marxy and her brother’s ex-girlfriend Annie, who she calls AK47. Zelda lives life wholeheartedly with high functioning Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Continue reading →
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman was another recent summer read. Nina has a well-organised life: a job in a bookstore, an excellent trivia team and a cat named Phil. As the only daughter of an often absent mother, she is used to her own company. But when the father she never knew about dies and leaves her something in his will, suddenly she has a new family. She is left with half-sisters and brothers, nieces and nephews. Which means she’ll have to speak to strangers! Continue reading →