Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: 13/7/20

A busy week where I didn't even realise that I didn't get any book mail! I made some purchases of my own on the weekend though: The Roxy Letters by Mary Pauline Lowry is an epistolary novel between Roxy and her ex-boyfriend/roommate Everett. Roxy's life is generally underwhelming but when gentrification takes over Austin, she... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: The Pearl by John Steinbeck

In brief: Kino and Juana live a poor but happy life. When Kino finds 'the Pearl of the World', their fortunes change, but not for the better. The good: An enjoyable story that is very visual in its telling. The not-so-good: Somewhat predictable ending. Why I chose it: Enjoying making my way through Steinbeck's works.... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: A Burning by Megha Majumdar

In brief: A terrorist attack on a train has wide-ranging consequences for three individuals. Who will rise and who will fall? The good: Very well written with some confronting moral dilemmas. The not-so-good: Exposes that life really isn't fair – so much depends on other things. Why I chose it: Sounded like something I would... Continue Reading →

Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: 6/7/20

We've been doing our spring cleaning a little early here, despite apparently being in the depths of winter! Stuff is everywhere, including books. That doesn't stop me adding to the pile though – If I Can't Have You by Charlotte Levin (available 14th July) arrived from Pan Macmillan. Constance develops an infatuation with a colleague,... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

In brief: When Lucie meets George in Capri, she dislikes him intensely. Until she doesn't. Years later, George reappears on the scene but Lucie is happily engaged, right? The good: Lovely to indulge in some decadence and armchair travel. The not-so-good: Cecil. I really want to smack him, but I don't think that will help…... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Spark by Naoki Matayoshi

In brief: Tokunaga is trying to make as a comedian. When he meets Kamiya, he asks Kamiya to mentor him. Over the years, Tokunaga learns from Kamiya but it's not always the lesson intended. The good: In-depth, shocking and sweet. The not-so-good: A fairly short read. Why I chose it: I love Japanese fiction. Year:... Continue Reading →

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