Sunday, 18 March 2018

Book Review: When I Hit You, Or A Portrait of a Writer as a Young Wife

Title: When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as Young Wife

Author: Meena Kandasamy

Pages: 256

Publication: 4th May 2017 by Atlantic Books

1 line synopsis: a brutal look at domestic abuse within a marriage

TW: domestic abuse, rape

Monday, 12 March 2018

Women's Prize for Fiction Longlist 2018: Thoughts, Feelings, Plans of Action

I love the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Every year, I find books I would never have even heard of had it not been for the prize, and I tend to find some of my new favourite reads. Last year was the first year I properly followed the prize from beginning to end, even going to the Bailey’s Book Bar events with my friends at Waterstones TCR. This year, I’m avidly following along once again.

In case you don’t already know, the longlist is as follows:

H(A)PPY by Nicola Barker
The Idiot by Elif Batuman
Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon
Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
Sight by Jessie Greengrass
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Elmet by Fiona Mozley
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Book Review: Misogynation by Laura Bates

Title: Misogynation: The True Scale of Sexism

Author: Laura Bates

Pages: 360

Publication: 22nd February 2018 by Simon & Schuster UK

1 line synopsis: a compilation of Laura Bates’ journalism on the topic of the various ways sexism influences our everyday life

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

5 reasons you should probably give up on that book you've been 'reading' forever

I have a shelf on my Goodreads account which is called 'DNF' (Did Not Finish) and since the beginning of the year, it's been growing more quickly compared to previous years. Whereas it had roughly 4 books from my 3 years of Goodreads use pre-2018, it's now sitting at a healthy 11 books long. I have officially embraced DNFing and I'm writing to convince you to do the same. Here are some signs that that current read might be better off left unfinished...

Friday, 23 February 2018

Book Review: Lullaby by Leila Slimani

Title: Lullaby

Author: Leila Slimani (tr. Sam Taylor)

Pages: 207 pages

Publication: 4th January 2018 by Faber Faber

1 line synopsis: the nanny killed the children, but why did she do it?

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Book Review: Attack of the 50ft Women: How Gender Equality Can Save The World by Catherine Mayer

Title: Attack of the 50ft Women: How Gender Equality Can Save the World

Author: Catherine Mayer

Pages: 352

Publication: 8th March 2017 by HQ

1 line synopsis: What does a gender-equal world look like and how far do we have to go until we reach it?

Saturday, 10 February 2018

5 Non-Fiction Audiobooks to Please Your Ears (and Brains)

Audio is officially The Next Big Thing in publishing and more and more people are converting to audiobooks. This pleases me no end! Audiobooks have seriously revolutionised my reading life and I love nothing more than spending hours listening to a book, so I’m always happy when more people come to appreciate audio. This list is for those of you who love non-fiction, or are looking for accessible and engaging non-fiction picks to get you started.

This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay

Winner of two Books Are My Bags awards, if you haven’t heard of this book then you must have been living under a rock. Adam Kay narrates the diaries he kept during his time as a junior doctor working in the NHS from 2004-2010. The entries are hilarious, heartbreaking, and powerful as well as everything in between. The audiobook features bonus diary entries that didn’t make it into the physical book, as well as a discussion with Mark Watson.