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. (more…)
It was a stressful week last week, but happily I was able to escape into some books. Reviews below.
The Temple family are those people you’ve always looked at and wanted to be. The patriarch is a respected academic who has recently risen to prominence after debating conspiracy theories on a popular TV show. The matriarch, Celia, had her own meteoric rise to fame decades ago, playing a beautiful woman in a sci-fi series.
Their children, and their children’s children, are no different: from the outside, they seem like the perfect family. Or are they…? (more…)
I read this book last week, but it gets its own post instead of being in the weekly book round-up because it was sent to me by the publisher for review. However, this is still a genuine review; I’ve given negative reviews of books I’ve received in the past, so you can trust that if I say I like a book, it means I did.
And I liked this one. (more…)
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. (more…)
I do love a good thriller. Unfortunately to find one you often have to wade through lots of rubbish beforehand, but I’m getting better at not bothering and just refusing to finish books that aren’t good.
This week I have a few thrillers for you, so without further ado… (more…)
I read a load of books when I was in South Carolina and I’m still catching up with posting them. Here’s the latest instalment featuring Neil Gaiman, Jane Green, Caz Frear and Louise Penny. (more…)
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. (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.
A few weeks ago I received an email from FMCM asking if I’d like to review Tubing by K.A. McKeagney.
I read the blurb and wasn’t entirely convinced: (more…)