2018 releases I want to read - Part 2

Let’s talk about more 2018 releases I am excited about because apparently there are lots.

I am Thunder by Muhammad Khan is a January YA release about a fifteen year girl who knows exactly what she wants her life to look like – but her parents, who plan for her become a doctor and marry her cousin from Pakistan have other ideas. It’s a debut novel about standing up for what you believe and it sounds like it might be a book that’s needed.
A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena is out in March and is described as a study of gender discrimination and double standards through the eyes of a teenage girl in Saudi Arabia. I am totally here for that.
Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough isn’t out til May but I am already so excited about it. I’ve loved Sarah’s other recent release: The Death House, 13 Minutes and last year’s Behind Her Eyes and I think she might be an auto-buy author for me.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid was published last year, but is out in paperback this year as is Lincoln in the Ba…

2018 releases I want to read - Part 1

Wow but I didn’t realise how many books due for publication this year were already on my radar until I started this post; I tend to just make notes – on my phone, on my computer etc – and it’s only when I came to actually look at it that I realised that actually there’s quite a lot that I’m excited about.

I bet these aren't even a tiny percentage of  Excellent Books Coming Soon because I never claim to be one of those that is In The Know, these are just the few that have happened to dance across my field of vision. It's a fun thing to blog about though, partly because NEW BOOKS and partly because it will make for another fun post at the end of the year when I come back and see how many I managed to read.  Or at least I’m hoping it’s a fun thing to blog about - it's fun for me at least, and that's a good enough starting point I think!

Besides, the other alternative right now is me waxing lyrical about my ski holiday and falling snow and Christmas lights and ski lift cu…

Book Review: The Innocent Wife

I am such a sucker for a good psychological thriller so I totally jumped at the chance to read The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd (published at the end of December) because wow, how many boxes did that blurb tick for me? A Death Row killer, the English schoolteacher who falls in love with him, the Making the Murderer style documentary that leads to his release, the realisation after the fact that maybe he’s not as innocent as he seems. SO MANY BOXES.
This was a book with so much potential and actually I kind of want to preface this review with the statement that I am SO HARD TO PLEASE when it comes to thrillers. I always, quite without meaning to, have the highest expectations and rarely are they met. I just want to say that.
I liked this book though, I did, and I flew through it. It had a lot of what I like – particularly the letters between Dennis (death row) and Samantha (teacher) because GIVE ME ALL THE EPISTOLARY STORIES PLEASE – although, instalove? They were dropping the L-bomb …

Book Review: Artemis

I was always going to, I know I was. It was one of my most anticipated reads of last year for a reason. A HEIST ON THE MOON, GUYS. I am so glad it didn’t disappoint. I am less glad that it stole my Sunday, which was the first day in ages that the skies were blue and probably I should have been outdoors, and not curled under a blanket all day reading but whatever. I have no regrets. Isn’t it the best ever when you’re super excited for a book and when you finally read it you LOVE it? For sure it is.

I haven’t read The Martian, or seen the film, (although it did almost move my main squeeze to tears on a plane the other year) so I had no idea what Andy Weir’s writing style was like, or what to expect from this book at all, all I knew was that it featured a kick ass female lead, a city on the moon and some kind of heist. I was so there for it.

And I couldn’t put it down.
It’s about a girl called Jazz. I say girl, she’…

In Which I Got a New Kindle

HAPPY BELATED NEW YEAR.  Wow I am already so far behind the times but worry not!! I am going to be ALL ABOUT THE BLOGGING this year. By which I mean I will probably blog like crazy for a few weeks and then go back to my usual failings but whatever – the intention is there. Anyhow. I’m going to talk at you a little bit about the back end of last year and the start of this one, and maybe a little bit about what I hope my 2018 might look like. A little bit of a catch-up if you will.
So. WHAT NEWS. Christmas was lovely. I spent it with my favourites: my best friend and my family and it was full of fun times and giggles and then I went on holiday on Boxing Day for just over a week. I did the same a couple of years sgo and I really am such a fan of it because that week between Christmas and New Year is always such a weird week and I’m not a fan of New Year’s Eve as a thing anyway so getting away from it all nad having some QT in the mountains is the absolute best for me. I had a horrible …

2017 Best Reads

Let’s talk very quickly about all the books I gave 5 stars to in 2017 because YES and also because if you discount Handmaid’s which was a re-re-re-re-read, there were 10 of them which is a nice number for a round-up and also points to A Good Reading Year.

I’m going to keep this post pocket sized but shall also link back to where I’ve chatted about them previously so that I am not repeating myself. Mostly all you need to know is that THESE BOOKS ARE EXCELLENT.
Here we go.

If you like lush lush lush writing with an excellent exploration of family dynamics and parental love along with spot on characterisation then probably this book is for you. I actually can’t believe it took me quite so long to read.

All the historical fiction all the time please and this is incredibly well researched and such a gripping read. I want to live in this book; I want to read it again. It’s a cinematic experience of a novel and it’s brilliant. I talk about it here.

The Gigantic Beard that was Evil – Stephe…

In which I love bookish snail mail


Best thing since ever, am I right? I am, I’m totally right. Not always or about everything, but absolutely about this.
I mean most of my snail mail is dullsville, bills and other such adult stuff about which I care not a jot but which I have to deal with because I am trying my hardest to do successful adulting.
Trying my hardest but not always succeeding.
‘My head hurts. I need ibupforen and hugs,’ I wailed at my Dad recently, ‘I am not ready to self-parent,’ and because most post is telling me about money that will be leaving my bank account and thus making me sad, it feels nice when those little boxes rock up. I mean I know that money has had to leave my bank account in order for me to get said boxes, but whatever: I feel much better about spending my hard earned cash on bookish goodies than on gas and electric and council tax. It’s just the way it is.
There are so many book subscription boxes out there right now and it’s pretty much impossible to hang around …