Books

A Net for Small Fishes was being raved about in our office and a few people whose taste I trust really harked the hallowed angels and sang this book’s praise. I ended up doing what any good book reader would do when faced with such a situation, I picked up a copy for myself, sipped my tea and started the first page. The last I remember — some time thereafter — was me finishing the book a few days later wondering why I was suddenly drinking tea with my pinkie finger extended....

I am a crime junkie. I have favourite true crime podcasts, I have probably watched every true crime documentary on Netflix (and, if not, I soon will). It’s a deep, weird fascination for me, considering I scare easily. So, of course, I love a good Jack the Ripper book and, when it comes to The Five by Hallie Rubenhold, let me tell you why you need to read this book....

Humankind’s subtitle of ‘A Hopeful History’ is, I feel, entirely well deserved. 2020 was a year populated with nine-times-out-of-ten negative news and a really noticeable uptick in doomscrolling and, for a book to release during the stretch of time that’s a watershed of positivity about human history, is refreshing in a way that non-fiction books sometimes fail to be....

  As you have guessed, I have done some epic reading during this pandemic. What with the mixture of ‘missing’ social interaction and the publication of some epic books, can you really blame me? However, up front: Leave the World Behind isn’t great for pandemic anxiety, so please take that into consideration.   About the Book: A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong Amanda and Clay head out to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a vacation: a quiet reprieve from life in New York City, quality time with their...

I lost my Sue Miller virginity with this title and, as publishers and reviewers boasted that this novel would be her breakthrough into the mainstream, who wouldn’t be excited to dip their toes into these review waters? There is nothing more comforting than a family-drama read that isn’t draped in literary devices to confuse the reader....

  I’ve spent a few days thinking about what type of content I wanted to put on here and if I’m honest I want this blog to be a book-and-life diary for those looking for something new to delve into (be it food or books); or for those who have something in common with me. And, if you know me well enough, then you also know that I love making lists — and this post is one of those: A list of books that changed my life. Honestly, it’s a list that didn’t take me long at all to come up...

I have been a Kaur fan since Milk and Honey; a collection that put my millennial insecurities to rest in a way that I could find in the pages of Dorothy Parker or the Bronte’s. Kaur has done wonders for taking me down the dark and dingy places of my heart and body, where I leave the trash. Where I have shut the door and thrown the key away. She healed with her collections: Milk and Honey, and then The Sun and Her Flowers. So yes, I was seeking some therapeutic consolation out of home body....

This book found me after it won the Booker. You might call me a sheep for following Shuggie Bain only as after it was shortlisted… but what can a girl do? Lately, there have been many books baying for my attention and, honestly, I’m glad I listed to the hype around this particular title because it is an absolute revelation. It has everything a reader could ask for in a novel. ...

I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been much into planning these last few months. There truly is no point; things change so quickly. The one thing I have enjoyed is making lists of books, anticipated, to be published, to read, will be read, and have read!...

I have fallen behind on my book hauls this last month. I am pretty sure I won’t get to them, but 2020 is about to go out with a huge bang with some amazing releases and some awesome bargains I found. So let’s get talking about the books that are about to topple my TBR!...

So while wading through the Gone Girl-replicas that take occupancy on my bookshelf, the ones that tap into the market of ‘bat-shit-insane-female-crime-thrillers’ – all of which have a movie shoe-in, I found this beauty. It is a beauty: great jacket, quality paper, great page count....