The Other Half of Happiness (Sofia Khan #2) by Ayisha Malik – Book Review

Please note: The Other Half of Happiness is the sequel to Sofia Khan is Not Obliged. Therefore, parts of the blurb that follows could be construed as spoilers for the outcome of book one. My review for book one, Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged can be found by clicking here. Blurb from Goodreads Sofia Khan … Continue reading The Other Half of Happiness (Sofia Khan #2) by Ayisha Malik – Book Review

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads A lifetime holding it together. One party will bring it crashing down. Malibu: August, 1983. It's the day of Nina Riva's annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship … Continue reading Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid – eARC Book Review

Invincible Summer by Alice Adams – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Four friends. Twenty years. One unexpected journey. Eva, Benedict, Sylvie and Lucien graduate in 1998, into a world on the brink of the new millennium. Hopelessly in love with playboy Lucien and keen to shrug off the socialist politics of her childhood, Eva breaks away to work at a big bank. Benedict, … Continue reading Invincible Summer by Alice Adams – Book Review

Duvet Day by Emily Kerr – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Young lawyer Alexa Humphries’s one true love is her precious duvet, yet she is torn from its comforting embrace every morning while the foxes are still scavenging the bins outside and doesn’t get back until long after most normal people are already asleep. Worn down by the endless demands of her suspicious … Continue reading Duvet Day by Emily Kerr – eARC Book Review

My Relationship with Star Ratings for Book Reviews

My Bookish Beginnings When I started reading as a child I had never considered rating a book; I either loved it or hated it...with some wiggle room for ambivalence in the middle. But then in 2010 I joined Goodreads and I began to think about rating my reads out of five. In the early GR … Continue reading My Relationship with Star Ratings for Book Reviews

‘The Queen of All that Dies’ by Laura Thalassa – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads In the future, the world is at war. For the last decade, King Lazuli of the Eastern Empire has systematically taken over the world. No one knows much about him other than a series of impossible facts: he cannot die, he has not aged since the conflict began, and he wants to … Continue reading ‘The Queen of All that Dies’ by Laura Thalassa – Book Review

‘The Lost Properties of Love’ by Sophie Ratcliffe – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads What if you could tell the truth about who you are, without risking losing the one you love? This is a book about love affairs and why we choose to have them; a book for anyone who has ever loved and wondered what it is all about. This is a book about … Continue reading ‘The Lost Properties of Love’ by Sophie Ratcliffe – eARC Book Review

‘The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer’ by Siddhartha Mukherjee – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and now a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical … Continue reading ‘The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer’ by Siddhartha Mukherjee – Book Review

‘Never Let Me Go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Daycomes a devastating new novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss. As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly … Continue reading ‘Never Let Me Go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro – Book Review

‘Saltwater’ by Jessica Andrews – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Lucy is lost. Growing up in the north east she wanted more. When others were thinking about the Nissan factory or call centres she was thinking about Pete Doherty, poetry and the possibilities London seemed to offer. University was the way out, her ticket to the promised land – where she’d become … Continue reading ‘Saltwater’ by Jessica Andrews – eARC Book Review

‘The Centre of the Universe’ by Ria Voros – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Grace Carter's mother --- the celebrity news anchor GG Carter --- is everything Grace is not. GG is a star, with a flawless wardrobe and a following of thousands, while Grace --- an aspiring astrophysicist --- is into stars of another kind. She and her mother have always been in different orbits.  … Continue reading ‘The Centre of the Universe’ by Ria Voros – eARC Book Review

‘The Penelopiad’ by Margaret Atwood – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads For Penelope, Odysseus's wife, running a kingdom while her husband is away fighting in the Trojan War is no simple matter. Already distressed that he had been lured away because of the shocking behaviour of her beautiful cousin Helen, Penelope must also raise her wayward son, face scandalous rumours, and keep more … Continue reading ‘The Penelopiad’ by Margaret Atwood – Book Review