Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: 7/11/22

So spring has sprung and it’s rather sneezy. It’s lucky I’ve got some indoor reading to do… Dawnlands by Philippa Gregory (available 15th November)arrived thanks to Simon & Schuster. Set in the late 1600s, people are rising up against the Roman Catholic King James and swearing loyalty to the Duke of Monmouth. Queen Mary summons... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

In brief: Elwood is a Black boy growing up in 1960s Florida when a simple mistake sends him to reform school. The Nickel Academy is corrupt and brutal, but Elwood is determined to get through it despite his naivety. The good: Always an excellent story from Colson Whitehead. The not-so-good: Absolutely heartbreaking in parts. Why... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Love and Virtue by Diana Reid

In brief: Michaela and Eve are two young women starting university while living in a residential college. One drunken night will mean something very different to each of them… The good: Fantastic writing and story. The not-so-good: Would have loved to know more about Michaela’s life post-university. Why I chose it: Read many great reviews.... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow

In brief: When Joan and her family return to Memphis, she’s surprised at the things she remembers. This is the story of her history and her family. The good: Beautiful writing with memorable characters. The not-so-good: I want to know more about what happened to that ’69 Shelby. Why I chose it: Sounded interesting. Year:... Continue Reading →

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