2020 releases · fiction

Everyone is Annoying: All Adults Here by Emma Straub

I have to say that stories like All Adults Here always draw me in, despite all of them sounding really similar. Give me a family struggling with life and (mostly) with each other and I will eat it up. Suburban and small-town drama always does it for me, and books that go deep into familial… Continue reading Everyone is Annoying: All Adults Here by Emma Straub

fiction · YA

Review 2.0: The Foxhole Court

The Foxhole Court was a Tumblr phenomenon back in the day, and naturally, when I first read it, I kind of hated it. Not only that, I got hate for not liking it on Tumblr and people got so bothered with it, that I was determined to reread it, and like it this time around… Continue reading Review 2.0: The Foxhole Court

2018 releases · fiction

A Deep Dive into a Relationship and a Whole Lot of Anxiety: Normal People by Sally Rooney

It's very hard to miss this novel in the book community - not only has it won ALL the awards, it is also very well-loved among the people who read and love Literary Fiction. The novel is definitely huge, and it has traversed into the lives of other readers who don't read a lot of… Continue reading A Deep Dive into a Relationship and a Whole Lot of Anxiety: Normal People by Sally Rooney

2018 releases · fiction

The Troubles and the Troubles of Being a Young Woman: Milkman by Anna Burns

Back in 2015, I became obsessed with literary prizes, especially the Man Booker Prize. Now, 2015 was the only year I ACTUALLY read the books on the list, but despite that I have been following the prize ever since then and checking in to see the books listed and the books that won. Milkman is… Continue reading The Troubles and the Troubles of Being a Young Woman: Milkman by Anna Burns

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Dark Academia, Murder and a Modern Classic: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

If I had a penny for every time I was recommended The Secret History, I would... well, I wouldn't be rich but I could get myself a new hardcover book, which means I get recommended this book a lot. On top of that, a lot of people who I trust completely when it comes to… Continue reading Dark Academia, Murder and a Modern Classic: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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Haunting, Devastating and Really Beautiful: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

“Any woman knows that a thread, once woven, is fixed in place; the only way to smooth a mistake is to let it all unravel.”  It's no secret that I have a really hard time with Historical Fiction. I cannot really pinpoint exactly what doesn't work in it for me. I like slow, character-driven stories… Continue reading Haunting, Devastating and Really Beautiful: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

2019 releases · fiction

Isolation, an Oppressive Culture and Three Generations of Women: A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

I first saw this book on Edelweiss and I was immediately drawn in by the title - I think it's a very telling and fitting title. And then I saw Max from Well Done Books talk about it on his Instagram and that alongside the fact that this is a story that follows three generations… Continue reading Isolation, an Oppressive Culture and Three Generations of Women: A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

2019 releases · fiction

A Coven, an Escape and a Homecoming: Cala by Laura Legge

I first saw Cala on Bookstagram, where it's lovely cover immediately caught my attention, which led to me checking out the book properly. After I saw that it was published by Head of Zeus, whose previous big debut, The Psychology of Time Travel,  I really adored and after I saw that this was about a… Continue reading A Coven, an Escape and a Homecoming: Cala by Laura Legge

2017 releases · fiction

Small Towns, Family and the Upheaval of a Community: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

“It came, over and over, down to this: What made someone a mother? Was it biology alone, or was it love?”  I am sure you have heard a lot of things about this book before. It's made a huge impact, it was listed for awards and it's had so much buzz, from all over the… Continue reading Small Towns, Family and the Upheaval of a Community: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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Immortality with Terms and Conditions (which are Boredom): The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

“We live on, as long as there are people to live on in.” David Mitchell was one of the writers I wanted to read for ages. He is very well loved and has a prominent place in literature. And I really wanted to start with The Bone Clocks, since it seems to be his most… Continue reading Immortality with Terms and Conditions (which are Boredom): The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

2018 releases · fiction

Pablo Escobar, a Tree and an Unlikely Friendship: Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

A serious case of "It's not you, it's me".  This book popped up on my Edelweiss homepage, and I really liked the sound of it. It's set in Bogota, Colombia, and I have never read a book about Colombia. Moreover, this is set during Esobar's terror reign over Colombia, and since I enjoy media about… Continue reading Pablo Escobar, a Tree and an Unlikely Friendship: Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

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Electrifying Dystopian Take on Feminism: The Power by Naomi Alderman

“One of them says, 'Why did they do it?' And the other answers, 'Because they could.' That is the only answer there ever is.”  I am sure you're well aware of this novel. It was one of the biggest releases of 2016 and went on to win the Women's Prize for Fiction. It was a… Continue reading Electrifying Dystopian Take on Feminism: The Power by Naomi Alderman