REVIEW: The Couple by Helly Acton

In brief: In a world where singles rules, Millie thinks she has her life sorted. But then she meets Ben. Will she defy convention to be a couple? The good: Great romcom vibes. The not-so-good: There is a bit of alternate reality here, so be openminded. Why I chose it: Loved The Shelf! Year: 2021... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: First Person Singular by Haruki Murakami

In brief: A collection of short stories told in the first person about baseball, women and a talking monkey. The good: Classic Murakami but in short bursts. The not-so-good: A quick read. Why I chose it: It’s Murakami. Year: 2021 (2020 in the original Japanese) Translator: Philip Gabriel Pages: 245 Publisher: Harvill Secker (Penguin) Setting:... Continue Reading →

Memorable Reads of 2021

2021 has been a mixed bag for a number of reasons, and many of my reading choices have been driven by mood – to zone out, to learn more or to have a good time. Here are ten reads chosen for their feels this year… Fun with a happy ending Romancing Mr Bridgerton by Julia Quinn... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld

In brief: Vi and Kate are identical twins who have a psychic ability they call ‘senses’. In adulthood, Kate tries to be as normal as possible, while Vi embraces life as a medium. Then Vi goes viral for predicting an earthquake… The good: It’s more the story of relationships than about psychic ability. The not-so-good:... Continue Reading →

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