The Harem by Safia Fazlul

A quick rundown… Farina is a good girl gone bad, resisting her Bangladeshi upbringing in a big Western city. With her friends, she'll rise to the top- or will she? Strengths: It's brutally honest, no holds barred. Weaknesses: Some coarse language, some may find the topics covered difficult to read. Why I read it: eARC sent... Continue Reading →

Burned by Persephone Nicholas

A quick rundown… The story of two families, each searching for something different. They are caught up in a horrific crime – will it give them the courage to change their lives? Strengths: A page-turner that had me hoping that justice would prevail. Weaknesses: Took me a little while to work out who was who... Continue Reading →

Mailbox Monday 17/6/13

Another parcel free week! Oh well. My inbox did contain some goodies and I saw The Great Gatsby movie. I really enjoyed it – was it just me or was there some 'classic' Leo shots poking fun at Titanic and Romeo + Juliet? There were also some great 'spot the Aussie' moments. Dolce Bellezza is... Continue Reading →

Just Breathe by Janette Paul

A quick rundown…Dee is a yoga teacher who lives in the moment after an accident. Can Ethan, company director, change her mind to consider the future? Strengths: A lot of fun, quite relaxing due to the yoga mentioned. Weaknesses: Sometimes I just wanted to tell Dee to try thinking ahead! Why I read it: Sent... Continue Reading →

In Stitches by Dr Nick Edwards

A quick rundown… The story of working as a doctor in the Emergency Department, the ups, downs and just plain weird. Strengths: So funny! Weaknesses: Nick gets a little grumpy at times, particularly in relation to the NHS Why I read it: I'm a sucker for these kinds of books Pages: 310 (ebook) Published: 2007 Publisher:... Continue Reading →

Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa

A quick rundown… The evil version of Fifty Shades of Grey. Mari becomes involved in a secret relationship with an older man that's not conventional. Strengths: Confronting, eerie. Weaknesses: Nothing is spelled out for the reader. Why I read it: I love Japanese fiction. Pages: 112 (ebook) Published: 1996 (Japanese), 2010 (English translation) Publisher: Harvill Secker (Random... Continue Reading →

Burqalicious by Becky Wicks

A quick rundown…The story of the expat lifestyle in Dubai if you're young and single – all the glitter and all the dust. Strengths: Lovely familiar writing style (just like one of your best mates is writing you an email) Weaknesses: More about the social life than any in-depth cultural analysis (but that's probably not... Continue Reading →

An Idiot Abroad by Karl Pilkington

A quick rundown… The book to accompany the TV series – Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send Karl, who thrives on familiar surroundings (and food) to the Seven Wonders of the World. Strengths: Karl's facts at the end of each section are good, as well as the parts that weren't shown in the series. Weaknesses:... Continue Reading →

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