Tuesday, 31 January 2017

January Wrap Up

Once again, I've fallen into the trap of reading a lot of books that I can't then photograph at the end of the month for a wrap up - because there's so many library books (and an ebook) on the list for this month! I also started, but have yet to finish reading, The Butcher's Hook and The Book of Memory this month too.

IDP: 2043
This was unfortunately a disappointing start to the month and the year for me. The premise seemed interesting, especially as it was set in Scotland, but ultimately I just didn't enjoy most of it, didn't find the format of the different chapters (by different authors) worked well for me and just generally wasn't impressed by it. It ultimately felt underdeveloped, so I do think it could have had potential if it had been edited better and had more story involved.

The Trouble With Goats and Sheep - Joanna Cannon
I read this for review, although I haven't published it yet - that should be coming some time in February! I will, in brief, say that this certainly made up for my disappointing start and was an excellent book that I'd thoroughly recommend.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Burned and Broken - Mark Hardie // Book Review + Blog Tour

There's something quite refreshing for me about reading a good crime thriller book. Unlike most other genres of novels, I can almost always tear through a crime thriller and read it in a short period of time. In the case of Burned and Broken, I read it mostly in one afternoon (with a snack break in between the first and second third of the book) and the rest the following evening.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Swing Time - Zadie Smith // Book Review

I was excited by the prospect of a new Zadie Smith book as soon as I heard about Swing Time, but as I'm trying not to buy hardbacks anymore I reserved this at the library so I wouldn't have to wait for it. I did have to wait a little longer to read it than if I'd just bought the book (and I could have just bought it as an ebook) but nonetheless, I finally got to read Swing Time at the end of last year.

Swing Time is about two brown girls, starting in their childhood as they first meet and find a connection and a friendship through their shared brown skin, and progressing through to their adulthood. It's told from the perspective of one of the two girls, who is unnamed, and in a split timeline that moves through their childhood into adulthood, and early adulthood into the narrator's present day simultaneously.

Monday, 2 January 2017

December Wrap Up

I'm pleased that December looked like such a good month for reading, although most of that is because of how quickly I read some graphic novels! I have been, and to an extent still am in a reading slump and just haven't been as excited by reading and books - hopefully that will change soon!