The Other Half of Augusta Hope – Joanna Glen – 08.04.21

I read the second half of this book in one sitting when I couldn’t sleep one night, and I was totally gripped by it. I remember lying in bed thinking gushing adjectives about how incandescent, perfect, heart wrenching and beautiful it was. The book tells parallel stories, in alternate chapters, of Augusta, a twin inContinue reading “The Other Half of Augusta Hope – Joanna Glen – 08.04.21”

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World – Elif Shafak – 04.04.21

According to this book (I don’t know if it’s true or not), scientists have shown that brain activity can continue for up to 10 minutes 38 seconds after clinical death, and that is the premise for the first half of the novel, as we share the thoughts of Leila, a sex worker in Istanbul forContinue reading “10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World – Elif Shafak – 04.04.21”

The Age of Miracles – Karen Thompson Walker – (AUDIOBOOK) – 31.03.21

I was quite excited by the opening of this book. The premise, told by the main protagonist, a girl, Julia, aged eleven at the beginning of the book, is that the rotation of the Earth is slowing, so that day lengths are increasing. We are never told why this is happening, but I was fascinatedContinue reading “The Age of Miracles – Karen Thompson Walker – (AUDIOBOOK) – 31.03.21”

The Masked City (The Invisible Library book 2) Genevieve Cogman – 23.03.21

The Burning Page (The Invisible Library book 3) Genevieve Cogman – 30.03.21 So, I read the next two books in the Invisible Library series. I’m still trying to decide what I think of the series. I can’t really say anything negative about it – it doesn’t really annoy me (apart from the ‘sexual tension’ betweenContinue reading “The Masked City (The Invisible Library book 2) Genevieve Cogman – 23.03.21”

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – (AUDIOBOOK) Suzanne Collins – 23.03.21

I loved The Hunger Games trilogy, both the books and the movies, so I was very excited by the release of a new addition to the series. In the original books, the president of Pan Am is a wicked character called Coriolanus Snow. This book is a prequel and focusses on Coriolanus as a youngContinue reading “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – (AUDIOBOOK) Suzanne Collins – 23.03.21”

The Invisible Library – Genevieve Cogman – 15.02.21

I very much enjoy the genre of books sometimes referred to as ‘urban fantasy’ such as the Ben Aaronovitch Rivers of London series, or the Sarah Painter Crow Investigations books, and I also enjoy Jodi Taylors time travelling historian books in the St Mary’s series, and these Genevieve Cogman books are often referred to inContinue reading “The Invisible Library – Genevieve Cogman – 15.02.21”

Big Brother – Lionel Shriver – 04.02.21

I have a strange relationship with Lionel Shriver books, because they are often pretty dark and cynical in their outlook and world view, and yet I keep coming back to them because they are in many ways such true mirrors to real human experiences. For me, this book is like two books in one. AtContinue reading “Big Brother – Lionel Shriver – 04.02.21”

The Magnus Archives Series Three (Podcast Series) – Jonathan Sims – 28.02.21

I’m starting to get a little bit fed up with The Magnus Archives (I know, I should be ashamed!). Maybe because I’ve listened to nothing else for so long, or maybe because I seem to have endless problems with my Spotify playlist insisting on shuffling episodes when I’m out for a run so I keepContinue reading “The Magnus Archives Series Three (Podcast Series) – Jonathan Sims – 28.02.21”

The Lost Future of Pepperharrow – Natasha Pulley – 26.02.21

This is a sequel to The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, which I loved, and follows the same characters, but this time, instead of a Steampunk Victorian London, the action takes place in an historical Japanese setting with the backdrop of growing Japan/Russian tensions and threats of war. I loved the Japanese elements, since while myContinue reading “The Lost Future of Pepperharrow – Natasha Pulley – 26.02.21”

Piranesi – Susanna Clarke – 16.02.21

I didn’t know much about the plot of this book when I started, which is good because a lot of the fun is in figuring out what is going on and who to trust. I loved Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, (although it’s years since I’ve read it) and so I was excited to readContinue reading “Piranesi – Susanna Clarke – 16.02.21”