Book review: How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

About the troubles of rating books: I’ve always had a bit of trouble with expressing judgement. I think it boils down to self-confidence issues. I am not sure that my opinion is worthy of being expressed, and who am I to judge others? And what if they get upset? What if everyone else disagrees with…

Book review: Small Things Considered by Joel Schwartzberg

3/5 stars This collection was very uneven. It’s advertised as an essay collection, and though technically correct I feel most of the texts lack the depth and analysis I would generally expect from an essay. I’d rather call it a collection of anecdotes. It’s also very personal which isn’t a problem per se, but if…

Book review: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

4/5 stars This is a little bit of a tricky one for me to review as I don’t generally read non-fiction. The same “rules” don’t necessarily apply. Though ultimately I’m still going by how it made me feel and think. The book deals with problems of mortality and illness, as seen from the perspective of…

Book review: Island Love by Eva Birrane

4/5 stars. I felt like I needed a palate cleanser after the third instalment of The Seven Sisters saga. I was still too full of Star and Flora’s stories to dive right into CeCe’s world. And I’m also conscious that after finishing book 4 I’ll have to wait for about a year for the next…

Book review: The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley

5/5 stars For background on the series see my review of the first book. This is my favourite of the series so far, even though it arguably has the most plot holes/annoyances (I’ll get back to that in clearly marked spoilerish sections later on). There are several reasons I’m willing to forgive its flaws. I…

Book review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh

3/5 stars Audible version narrated by Rachel Atkins. 4 stars for the first half, 2 for the last. I keep trying. With crime thrillers. I keep trying. Because I know that there is something really good out there, I just know it. Something where you have psychological, nail-biting, edge-of-seat-sitting suspense coupled with believable characters who…

Book review: The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley

4/5 stars For background on the series see my review of the first book. In The Storm Sister we get to follow the second oldest sister, Ally, or Alcyone. She has two passions in life: sailing and music. At some point she discarded her musical education in favour of sailing, and as our story begins…

Book review: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

4/5 stars Audible version, narrated by Maggie Gyllenhaal. Review contains spoilers, but in this case I don’t personally believe it matters very much, as it’s not the kind of novel you read for the plot. This book is slow, mesmerising, poetic, sad, disturbing and beautiful. It’s a special kind of book that happens mostly in…

Book review – The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley

5/5 stars This series was recommended to me by my BFF when J and I were heading for a weekend away last month and I wanted something to read that I could lose myself in. The Seven Sisters fit the bill very well. A little background The Seven Sisters is a (planned) 7 book series,…

Book review: Here I stand by Amnesty International UK

5/5 stars. This is a powerful anthology of short stories and poems on topics of human rights and freedoms, and the importance of speaking out against injustice. It covers a broad variety of topics such as gay rights, racism, human trafficking, religious fanaticism, bullying and environmental devastation resulting from an oil spill. I almost feel…

The passion of youth and complacency of middle age

This post was inspired by reading Here I Stand. At the ripe old age of 35 I find myself growing complacent. Maybe disillusioned and cynical as well. Apathetic is another word that comes to mind. When I was young and idealistic (some might say naive – and be that as it may, there’s an upside…

Musings on self-published books and a review of sorts

I’ve debated with myself if I should only review books that I find some merit in. After all what is the point of putting down a work someone else spent time and effort to create? I guess there is some use in “warning people off”, but that makes the assumption that people share my taste,…