Books

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

I hadn’t heard of this book before Penguin invited me, on a balmy summer evening in London, to attend a cocktail party with its author. They were giving out free copies of the book when I arrived, and I took it home and read it that night.

It was good.  Continue reading “The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert”

Books

All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth

First things first: this book will be relatable only to a very specific subset of individuals, namely those who grew up very rich and joined Bullingdon-style clubs at their exclusive schools and universities. Having said that, it’s possible to enjoy a book without relating to it, and All These Beautiful Strangers certainly has some things going for it.  Continue reading “All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth”

Weekly Round-Ups

How Do You Fit It All In? #20

The latest instalment in a series in which I answer the ongoing question “How do you fit it all in?”, which people ask me when I tell them what I do. Continue reading “How Do You Fit It All In? #20”

Books

The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

I was pretty sure I’d love this book, because I grew up in a cult and as an adult I’ve done some work in counter terror. The story focuses on Phoebe, a Korean-American college student who becomes enraptured by the magnetic personality of John Leal, who runs an exclusive cult. The cult members all live together in a big house, and Phoebe ends up moving in with them. Leal has ties to North Korea, which intrigues Phoebe too.  Continue reading “The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon”

Books

Some books I liked, and some books I wanted to like

Most of my novel reading is crime / psychological thrillers, with a hefty dose of chick lit, plus what I guess you’d call drama / literature thrown in. However I think it’s good to read a range of books, including some from outside your comfort zone. I also try to vary my books by country and continent, making sure to read things that are outside of my own personal experience.

Sometimes this works really well and I find new books to love. Sometimes it works less well and I find myself trying very hard to like a book that just doesn’t speak to me.  Continue reading “Some books I liked, and some books I wanted to like”

Books, Music

Desert Island Discs

The book blogging community is eagerly awaiting the release of The Island by M A Bennett, a modern-day Lord of the Flies. I’ll be reviewing it on the blog soon, but in the meantime the publishers are asking us for our Desert Island Disc selections.

I’ve never actually listened to Desert Island Discs – I’ve tried to listen to Radio 4 several times over the years, but the lack of diversity grates and I end up switching channels. A quick google however has told me the premise of the show: imagine you’re marooned on a desert island. You have a limited number of objects you’re allowed to take with you. You are allowed:  Continue reading “Desert Island Discs”

Weekly Round-Ups

How Do You Fit It All In? #16

The latest instalment in a series in which I answer the ongoing question “How do you fit it all in?”, which people ask me when I tell them what I do. Continue reading “How Do You Fit It All In? #16”