Book review – Love and Ruin, Paula McLain

Book review – Love & Ruin, Paul McLain is a book I had warning of the date it was to be published. I ordered my book in advance and went to the book shop on the day it was released. Paula creates such beautiful stories and strong female characters I would sell my shirt for…

Book review – The Yellow Villa, Amanda Hampson

The Yellow Villa was the book that filled the window at my local book shop prior to heading away for the weekend on a train. Ten hours later it was read from cover to cover and the content for a new book review – The Yellow Villa. Don’t you just love a tale about France?…

Book Review – Sunburn, Laura Lippman

Sunburn by Laura Lippman was my chosen book to take to Bali and sit by the pool with. It was great entertainment that had plenty of unpredicted twists. I love a plot I have not guessed. A novel that pressure tests my own morals and the edges of what I am comfortable with is also…

Book review – Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng

The book of choice Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng Why this book? INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER and AMAZON’S BEST NOVEL OF 2017 Need I say more? The book is set in the authors hometown of Shaker Heights in Cleveland. It is a neat and tidy town. The book discusses a perfect Stepford Wive-type family…

Book Review – New York, Edward Rutherfurd

New York. Edward Rutherfurd. I love this authors collection of books. This was the 3rd book I read by this author after having loved reading previously Paris and London so much. Click here for my local bookshop that will assist in sourcing this book. I must admit I struggled to read this with as much gusto as…

Book Review – The Rules Do Not Apply, Ariel Levy

Having read Chris Kraus’ ‘I Love Dick’ – a cult feminist classic and been thoroughly disappointed there was little chance I would pull a book from the feminist stack for sometime. Somehow, this one crept through the ‘anti-feminist’ novels and I am glad to say it did. The book of choice The Rules Do Not…

Book Review – The Mountain Between Us, Charles Martin

As you know I flew to New York and despite all my own travel advice bought two books at the airport to read on the plane. Books I want to read on the plane are not books I want to read at home. At home I want to be challenged and entertained. On the plane…

Book Review – Lily and the Octopus, Steven Rowley.

Lily and the Octopus is not a book many will pick up. Steven Rowley writes like no-one has written previously. This is a book that will have you contemplating living and dying. IT will move you and challenge you. The characters (one being a dog) are delightfully developed and charmingly witty. The book of choice…

Book review – Anything is Possible, Elizabeth Strout

The book of choice Anything is Possible, Elizabeth Strout Why this book? People Magazine published a list of books of 2017. This book was one of the books I could source in the large chain bookstore I visited – why do they only stock the dullest of literature? Click here for the link to the…

Book Review – The Windfall, Diksha Basu

The book of choice The Windfall by Diksha Basu Why this book? I have been trying to read things not suggested by my local book store and from other lists. This one was on the Vanity Fair list for must read in 2017. Some of the other books they suggested are a tad urrgghh (I…

Book review – Goodbye Vitamin, Rachel Khong

Once again I was trusting a list of books one must read to find this book. 2017 had this book named on many a list and was even announced as the book of the year on some. This is a delightful book and relatable to so many of us. The book of choice Goodbye Vitamin,…