Book review: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

4/5 stars Audible version, narrated by Maggie Gyllenhaal. Partly because of the sheer volume of this book and partly because I have a bit of a hard time with Russian authors, I’ve been putting off Anna Karenina for a long time, knowing that somewhere down the line I’d simply have to give it a try….

Book review: Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland

4/5 stars Audible version, narrated by Imogen Church Trigger warning: domestic abuse We follow Loveday Cardew, who has worked in the Lost for Words second-hand bookshop since she was 15, and full time since she left school. She is a tough, pierced and tattooed book lover, who is determined to make it on her own…

Book review: Cosmos by Carl Sagan

5/5 stars Audible version, narrated by (mostly) Seth MacFarlane. So this is definitely out of my comfort zone, but boy did I enjoy it! I find science in general and space and astronomy/astrophysics in particular really fascinating, but it’s not exactly my forte. Growing up I guess I was always more interested in/encouraged to pursue…

Book review: I am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll

4/5 stars Audible version, narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden So, I debated with myself whether this was 3 or 4 stars and am still not 100% sure. But, it’s summer, it’s nice weather, I’m feeling generous. 😉 The story begins with the disappearance of teenage girl Anna Ballard, as she takes a weekend trip to London…

Book review: Watching Edie by Camilla Way

4/5 stars Audible version, narrated by Chloe Massey and Kathryn Griffiths This story takes place before and after. You only find out before and after what towards the very end, and I gotta tell you it’s a humdinger, and something I didn’t see coming until we were almost there. The Before part is told by…

Book review: Snare by Lilja Sigurðardóttir

4/5 stars Audible version, narrated by Suzannah Hampton. HSP/animal lover warning (I feel like this is getting to be standard with any crime/thriller novel..): Two dogs are killed, but you as the reader don’t have a personal relationship to the dogs, and it’s not dwelt on. To my knowledge/recollection, this is the first book I’ve…

Book review: Faking Friends by Jane Fallon

3/5 stars. Audible version, narrated by Sally Scott and Kristin Atherton. To be fair to the author, this book is not really my style. If you enjoy chick-lit and revenge stories you’ll probably enjoy it more than I did. It’s not badly written, I just personally didn’t connect with the material. I picked this up…

Book review: The Break by Marian Keyes

4/5 stars. Audible version, narrated by Aoife McMahon. It’s already been months since I finished this read – or rather, listen – I’m so behind on my reviewing! I’m going to try and keep some of them a little shorter so I don’t feel completely daunted by the mere idea of reviewing the backlog. So…