Review: The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Book: The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky ChambersHave you heard of Marmite? This salty, yeasty sandwich spread is famous in the UK. It’s a source of national division, nearly on a par with Brexit: People either love it or hate it.

The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet is a Marmite book. Some readers say it’s the best thing ever, others want to spit it out.

I found this story, like Marmite, to be flavoursome and delicious. I’d be happy to spend the day reading it while eating spoonfuls of my favourite, sticky condiment straight from the jar. Continue reading “Review: The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers”

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Love To Swap Places With

Top Ten TuesdayHello readers! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s bookish theme is ‘characters I’d swap places with’ and it’s a tricky one.

From pirates to persecution, betrayal and bereavement, the protagonists I love have a lot thrown at them. Do I admire them? Yes. Would I want to be them? Absolutely not.

Today, I’m looking for heroines with happy endings and stories that only contain ‘mild peril’. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Love To Swap Places With”

Review: A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan

A House of Ghosts W.C. RyanThis book makes me want to spontaneously applaud. W.C. Ryan has managed to squeeze at least four genres into a single story. Somehow, he’s combined a spine-tingling supernatural tale with war-time espionage and romance, then plopped the entire plot into a country house murder mystery. Continue reading “Review: A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan”

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Places I’d Love To Visit

Top Ten TuesdayHello readers! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s theme is ‘places mentioned in books’. Participants have to pick literary locations they’d love to visit.

I’ve decided to add my own twist and will be looking at my favourite libraries in fiction. These wonderful spots would make any book-lover’s heart beat faster. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Places I’d Love To Visit”

Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad Colson WhiteheadOne of the best books I’ve read this year. Colson Whitehead takes readers through some of terrible injustices heaped upon slaves in America.

The Underground Railroad is a well-written mixture of history and magical realism. The violence, racism and murder mean it isn’t light reading but I’m glad I picked up this story. Continue reading “Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead”

6 Pride And Prejudice Spin-Offs To Read Right Now

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen Spin OffsIt is a truth universally acknowledged that Pride and Prejudice is one of the most famous books on the planet – not bad for an author who never left Britain.

With very little action and absolutely no sex, the plot doesn’t scream ‘modern best seller’ but, like thousands of others, I’ve fallen in love with Jane Austen’s romantic classic. Continue reading “6 Pride And Prejudice Spin-Offs To Read Right Now”

Review: Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal

Unmarriageable Sobiah KamalPride and Prejudice in Pakistan. Who can resist that tag line?

Soniah Kamal has moved Jane Austen’s most famous romance to a brand new setting. The Bennets are now the Binat family living in Pakistan in the early 2000s.

Unmarriageable sticks closely to the original plot: Five impoverished sisters are under pressure to find husbands.

Like the Bennets in the original novel, the Binats are hanging onto their privileged status by their fingernails. Conned out of money by unscrupulous relatives, Mrs Binat is determined to marry her daughters to wealthy men.   Continue reading “Review: Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal”

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Couples in Books

Top Ten TuesdayHello readers! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s theme is ‘Favourite Couples in Books’.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature that was launched by The Broke and the Bookish. It has been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl since January 2018.

If you’d like to find out more, or plan to get involved, simply visit the host website by clicking here Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Couples in Books”

Review: Little by Edward Carey

Little by Edward CareyThis gorgeously grotesque book features body parts of all shapes and sizes. Go out and pick up a copy today. Just don’t read it while you’re eating.

Little fictionalises the life of Madam Tussaud. Born in the eighteenth century, this famous woman narrowly escaped the guillotine in France before touring Britain with a macabre set of death masks taken from the Revolution’s victims. Continue reading “Review: Little by Edward Carey”