Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Stay With Me - Ayobami Adebayo // Book Review

The thing I always love about the Baileys prize (and other prizes - but more so this one) is that it introduces me to books I might never have heard of otherwise, might never have even been interested in. I would quite like to be a bit more experimental with my reading choices one day and work on reading things that I've never heard of more often, but as there's so many books out there that I do know about - and know I want to read - I usually just go for what's that bit safer.

What I find quite interesting about this book in particular, though, is that not only did I come across it many months before it became longlisted (and then shortlisted) for the Bailey's prize, but I wanted to read it then too - without having heard anyone else talk about it before. I saw it on Netgalley, and although I don't remember what my first impressions were now, they were positive enough that I requested - and then received - the ebook of this last August.


Wednesday, 3 May 2017

The Book of Memory - Petina Gappah // Book Review

This review has been sitting in draft form for ages now, so it's about time I finally edited and polished it up and posted it! I borrowed this one from the library a while ago now, although I can't remember now what motivated me to choose this one over other books - my memory isn't the best!

But onto the book: I definitely found this book well written from the point of view of the prose; I liked the author's writing style, her language and so on. I think Gappah is a great writer, and I would be interested in reading more of her work.

The story itself unfortunately wasn't as strong for me. I was interested, but I felt that it took too long to get to where it needed to be. So much time was spent on the present - the prison, the people in it - and she kept teasing and hinting at Lloyd and what happened without ever really getting there, which became frustrating. The aspects of Memory's childhood were good, though, and I can understand why the reflection on her first nine years was punctuated like that - but it just went a bit too slow.