Review: Contempt | Michael Cordell

For anyone who, like me, gobbles up true crime dramas on TV, was hooked on Netflix series Making a Murderer and has been looking for something truly gripping to read during lockdown, let me present Contempt by Michael Cordell. Published by TCK Publishing, this book is touted as a ‘legal thriller’, but is so much…

Review: The Handmaid’s Tale | Margaret Atwood

This is another one of those books that I asked for one Christmas because there’s an episode of Gossip Girl named after it, and have never got round to reading. I’m a firm believer in the practice of reading a book before you watch the TV show/film that’s based on it, and I insisted on…

Review: My Map of You | Isabelle Broom

It’s not often that after reading a book I immediately pick something else up by the same author, but after reading A Year and a Day by Isabelle Broom, I couldn’t help myself, and went straight on to My Map of You. Another Broom novel mostly set abroad, much like A Year and a Day,…

Review: Burial Rites | Hannah Kent

This novel was one of the books I received as part of a Willoughby Books subscription, and what a great choice it was. Following the aftermath of a gruesome murder at a farmstead in Iceland, this book mainly focuses on Agnes Magnusdottir, who is jointly convicted of the murder of Natan Ketilsson and Petur Jonsson….

To Be Read: June

I can’t believe that’s another month gone! I’ve read some brilliant books (reviews to come), and somehow May turned out to be a bit of a female empowerment themed month, despite me not necessarily meaning for that to be the case. The books I read in May all followed female struggle and power in one way…

Review: A Year and a Day | Isabelle Broom

I’m going to start this review by saying that yet again, it was a book I absolutely loved, which I devoured in the space of a weekend. Isabelle Broom is one of those authors who will make you want to travel, if you didn’t want to already. And if you did, you’ll love soaking up…

Review: Bonjour Tristesse | Francoise Sagan

Quick confession before I launch into the review of this – I do own it in French, but I chose to read it in English because I’m the laziest French degree grad ever. I’ve wanted to read this book for ages, and originally bought it because I thought I would study it during the final…

To Be Read: May

So after running through my April books at a rate of knots, I’m really looking forward to devouring a few more books from my ever-growing TBR pile over the course of May. Here’s what I’ve got planned! The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood I got this book for Christmas way back when in like 2012…

Review: The Note | Zoe Folbigg

The first thing I have to say about this book is that if you’re looking for something to devour on the beach this summer, this might be just the thing. Personally, I read it over the course of a very rainy few days in the North of England, but I still enjoyed it just as…

Review: A Little Life | Hanya Yanagihara

I don’t even know where to begin with my review of this book, it really is a life-changing read. If you don’t believe me, or even if you do, I urge you to give it a read and see for yourself. My friend Cerys bought me this book after reading it herself, and I know…

Review: The Versions of Us | Laura Barnett

Seeing that this book was partially set in Cambridge, I bought it for a friend who lives there for her birthday. Turns out, she’d already read it – but I’m so glad I got to take it home and devour it myself. This is one of those books you just can’t put down, and with…

Review: Wilde Lake | Laura Lippman

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love To Kill a Mockingbird. While school friends complained about the hours spent reading this in class and writing essays on it for GCSE, I was falling in love with the characters, the plot, and the clever criticism of society woven into its pages. So why am…

To Be Read: April

Even though I love to read, I’m definitely one for buying books and then letting them sit on my shelf for weeks, months, sometimes years, unread. A few weeks ago I wrote an inventory of my books and worked out how many I owned, and how many I hadn’t yet read – the results were…

Review: How to Find Love in a Bookshop | Veronica Henry

After a couple of heavier reads in the first couple of weeks of this year – one being heavy in terms of it being a classical novel, Jane Eyre, and the other being heavy due to it being 880 pages long, A Clash of Kings – I was keen for something a bit lighter when…

Review: I’ll Give You the Sun | Jandy Nelson

Having previously read Nelson’s The Sky is Everywhere a couple of years back now, I’ll Give You the Sun had unfortunately been left on the shelf at my parent’s house while I was down South. I say ‘unfortunately’ because I’m so gutted I didn’t read this sooner, it’s a true masterpiece. Following twins Noah and…