Pine by Francine Toon

Pine, Francine Toon’s debut novel, feels like the perfect book for the stormy February we have endured. I read the book over the weekend in which Storm Ciara struck the UK and it completely and utterly absorbed my attention. The novel tells the story of Lauren, a young girl living in the Scottish Highlands with … Continue reading Pine by Francine Toon

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummings

“American Dirt” is arguably the most controversial book of the year and it is only February. It tells the story of a middle-class bookshop owner in Mexico, who must go on the run with her child after 16 members of her family are gunned down due to an article published about the local cartel by … Continue reading American Dirt by Jeanine Cummings

The Top Five Books Which Have Shaped My Life

As this blog is a relatively new venture, and we are still getting to know one another, I thought instead of the usual review this week I would write a post about the books which have had an important impact on my life. Get in touch and let me know if you’ve read any of … Continue reading The Top Five Books Which Have Shaped My Life

Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Such A Fun Age tells the story of a young black woman named Emira, who works as a babysitter for Alix, a feminist blogger. After an incident in Alix’s house, Emira is called and begged to occupy Alix’s daughter, Briar, while the police come to deal with the situation. Despite being out for her friend’s … Continue reading Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson was originally published in 2015. It is a genre-shifting, brutally honest memoir about love, motherhood, loss, art, gender and its fluidity. I found The Argonauts an intimidating book to begin reading. I had heard a lot about it, despite not knowing much about Maggie Nelson or her husband Harry Dodge. … Continue reading The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

salt slow by Julia Armfield

‘salt slow’ is the debut collection from Julia Armfield. In this review, I will be touching upon each story, before giving my overall impression of the collection. You might enjoy short story collections by reading the stories at random or reading them in order but either way this review should have what you are looking … Continue reading salt slow by Julia Armfield

Borne by Jeff Vandermeer

In Borne, Jeff Vandermeer, the author who brought us the superb Southern Reach trilogy, once again explores the power and wonder of nature through a mind-bending, thrilling tale. Borne tells the story of main character Rachel and her struggle to survive in a dystopian world ravaged by ‘The Company’ and the skyscraper-sized bear they created, … Continue reading Borne by Jeff Vandermeer