Month: February 2017

Speak Gigantular by Irenosen Okojie

A collection of weird and fantastical short stories, Jhalak Prize shortlisted Speak Gigantular is a captivating read. Usually I like to take my time with short stories, reading only a couple at a time, but Okojie’s collection sucked me in and I had to stop myself from reading the entire book in one day. Most of the stories are London based, but Okojie sets several … Read More Speak Gigantular by Irenosen Okojie

The Bone Readers by Jacob Ross

The Bone Readers is the first in Jacob Ross’ ‘Camaho Quartet’, featuring Michael (Digger) Digson. Set on a small Caribbean island, this is a more literary style of crime thriller, to be expected from a writer as acclaimed as Jacob Ross. When Michael (Digger) Digson is recruited into DS Chilman’s new plain clothes squad on the small Caribbean island of Camaho he brings his … Read More The Bone Readers by Jacob Ross

Confusion by Elizabeth Jane Howard (Cazalet Chronicles Book

Book three of the Cazalet Chronicles, Confusion takes us through the second half of World War II. Most of the children are now young adults and facing the challenges of learning to stand on their own two feet as well as dealing with the dangers of wartime London. Headstrong, independent Louise surprises everyone by abandoning her dreams of the stage and making a society marriage. Unhappiness … Read More Confusion by Elizabeth Jane Howard (Cazalet Chronicles Book

A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women by Siri Hustvedt

  Siri Hustvedt is probably as well known for her non-fiction writing as her novels. In this book she aims to pull together both the arts and sciences in her essays on the human condition. There are three parts to this collection, comprised of new and older essays. The first section, A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women, focuses on artists and writers … Read More A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women by Siri Hustvedt

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

I haven’t read a children’s book (not including YA) for a very long time, but I’d heard great things of this book, aimed at the Middle Grade age range, so when it came up on the Jhalak shortlist I was pleased to have an excuse to read it. Firstly, I have to say that the artwork in this book is stunning. Not only is … Read More The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I’ve been reading more YA than usual recently, and found some great books, the latest of which is this, by Nicola Yoon. Maddy is allergic to the world. She hasn’t left her house in seventeen years. Olly is the boy next door. He’s determined to find a way to reach her. The premise is pretty simple: girl meets boy, falls in love. The twist … Read More Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Sockpuppet by Matthew Blakstad

Matthew Blakstad’s debut novel is the first in a planned series of techno thrillers, not usually my genre of choice but I had heard good things and managed to get a copy through Goodreads Giveaways. There’s no such person as sic_girl. She’s a fake internet personality Dani Farr designed to win a bet. But she’s just started spilling state secrets. Dani can’t imagine why … Read More Sockpuppet by Matthew Blakstad

Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman’s latest is a love story set in space and based loosely on Shakespeare’s Othello. At just shy of 500 pages I did wonder if the story would start to drag but I found myself gripped, reading the entire novel in two sittings as part of my Jhalak Prize longlist reading. One odd thing I did notice – usually I copy the blurb of each … Read More Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman