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: The Three Lives of Alix St Pierre by Natasha Lester

In brief: Alix has landed her dream job working for new designer Dior in Paris after World War II. But she is haunted by her experiences during the war and is determined to bring her informant to justice. The good: I loved the descriptions of Dior’s designs! The not-so-good: I was a little confused at... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Undoctored by Adam Kay

In brief: Adam Kay’s story after he changed careers from medicine to writing and comedy. It’s happy, sad, shocking and funny. The good: The humour doesn’t stop in his new career. The not-so-good: Some parts were incredibly sad. Why I chose it: Enjoyed Adam Kay’s other books. Thanks to Hachette for the copy. Year: 2022... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Girlcrush by Florence Given

In brief: Eartha is stuck in a relationship past its use by date when her partner cheats on her. Freed from the relationship, her drunken video declaring her bisexuality on social media goes viral. Now Eartha belongs to the internet, and everyone has something to say. Will she be consumed by a social media giant?... Continue Reading →

Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: 25/7/22

A very rainy week here – nearly everything is dripping! Fortunately, the books remained dry: Her Fidelity by Katharine Pollock (available 16th August)arrived thanks to Penguin. Kathy has worked at a record store for half her life. Many of her friends have moved on, but Kathy’s stuck in her groove. Should she move forward and... Continue Reading →

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

Another week of some good reads and some new books I’m looking forward to (especially as it’s raining heaps as I write this!) This is Gonna End in Tears by Liza Klaussmann (available tomorrow) arrived from Hachette. Set in 1984, it’s about three former childhood friends. Miller and Ash are married and living in Wonderland,... Continue Reading →

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