Here are my favourite fiction books from this year. (Note that not all of these were published this year, that’s just when I read them.)
The following are abridged reviews; where there’s a longer version on the blog, I’ve linked to it. Blurbs are either from the back of the book, or from Amazon. Read more
It was a stressful week last week, but happily I was able to escape into some books. Reviews below.
I went to South Carolina recently (oh, did I mention that already?) and I spent some much-needed time lying on the beach. Naturally a lot of this beach time was spent curled up with a novel or six.
Here are a few of the ones I read while I was there. Read more
Damn you, Jenny Lawson. (Not really, I love you.) But because of your weird new book club I ended up ordering The Haunted Vagina from Amazon, and now my recommendations are almost as strange as yours. Almost.
It’s easily the weirdest book I’ve ever read. But it’s not the only one I’ve read recently, so rather than spending a whole post focusing on its oddness, here are a few of the books I’ve hung out with lately and what I thought of them. Read more
Sometimes you just need a good crime novel to inject some excitement into your day. I’ve been on a bit of a crime fiction drive over the past few weeks – not unusual for me – so I thought I’d share a few I’ve read recently.
I’ll admit that I agreed to review this book because the protagonist is a swimmer, and I was hoping for some passages about how wonderful swimming is. Something like Jessica J. Lee’s Turning: A Swimming Memoir.
If you’re buying it for that reason, you’ll be disappointed at the lack of swimming-related content. But you won’t be disappointed by the book itself, which is excellent. It was so gripping that I got angry with myself for not being able to stay awake long enough to finish it in one go. Read more
One of the things I love about my life is how flexible it is. I spent most of last weekend on the phone to various doctors because my body’s being a pain again. They said they’ll need to do a load more tests (cue more hospital time) and told me to take it easy, to spend lots of time resting for the next few weeks and to go to bed early. So I emailed the lovely people at FMCM and said I had a bit of extra reading time on my hands… and they sent me the nominees for the British Book Awards!
These are all up for Debut Book Of The Year. I’m going to write mini reviews of each of them, and talk about which one I’d like to see win. Read more
There are currently sixteen pictures of books in my Google Drive folder, which is how I organise my upcoming blog posts. If I blog one per week it will therefore take me sixteen weeks to complete the posts, but I also have other books on my TBR list so by that point I’ll still be behind and then it will just keep spiralling on forever.
So I’m going to smush a few together in a post for today, and only save a couple for their own special featured posts. Read more
I’ve had my eye on this one for a while, and then I walked past it the other day in the supermarket and thought, well. Why not?
I’m a sucker for a horrifying story, and this certainly fits the bill.
Let me preface this review by saying it’s difficult to read almost anything when you’ve just read an absolutely amazing, life-changing, world-shattering book like Cabré’s Confessions, which I read directly before reading this one.
Burned and Broken by Mark Hardie is your run-of-the-mill crime novel: a vulnerable young woman, a tired and cynical policeman, a female DC who in some ways keeps him going, a case that involves a dead child and a dead policeman.