April Wrap Up (Part 2)

Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith ★★★★☆

[Trigger Warnings: Body Horror, Drug Abuse, Sexual Assault, Eating Disorder]

Plan for the Worst by Jodi Taylor (The Chronicles of St Mary’s #11) ★★★★☆

[Trigger Warnings: Domestic Abuse, Animal Cruelty]

Pandora’s Jar: Women in the Greek Myths by Natalie Haynes ★★★★☆

[Trigger Warnings: Rape, Suicide, Child Death]

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake (The Atlas #1) ★★★★☆

[Trigger Warning: Suicide]

The Disasters by MK England ★★★☆☆

[Trigger Warnings: Panic attacks, Transphobia, Car accident, Ableism]

How Should One Read a Book? by Virginia Woolf ★★★★☆

The Shadow in the Glass by JJA Harwood ★★★☆☆

[Trigger Warnings: Alcoholism, Sexual Assault, Miscarriage, Animal Death, Drug Abuse]

Thrown by Sara Cox ★★★☆☆

[Trigger Warnings: Domestic Abuse, Miscarriage]

Ashes by Ilsa J Bick (Ashes Trilogy #1) ★★★☆

[Trigger Warnings: Animal Death, Body Horror, Cannibalism]

Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot #19) ★★★☆☆

[Trigger Warnings: Emotional Abuse, Racism]

Women’s Prize For Fiction

It’s nearly time for the winner to be announced for this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction.

On Wednesday, this year’s winner will be announced at a party. The winner has been chosed by a panel of judges made up of Pandora Sykes, Anita Sethi, Dorothy Koomson, Lorraine Candy and chair Mary Ann Sieghart.

But if it was down to me, which book would I give the prize to?

Having tried out the full shortlist, here’s my order from 6th to 1st.

Continue reading “Women’s Prize For Fiction”

April Book Haul

  • How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie – I saw this everywhere when it came out in Hardback, and so when I saw Waterstones where bringing out a special edition paperback, I just had to pre-order.
  • The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (Thursday Next #1) – When Bert (Bert’s Books) recommended this to me on Twitter, I had to order myself a copy immediately! It sounds like a lot of fun.
  • In Every Mirror She’s Black by Lola Akinmade Åkerström – I managed to order one of Bert’s Surprise Hardbacks in the latest drop. This sounds fantastic!

  • How Should One Read a Book? and Kew Gardens by Virginia Woolf – Kew Gardens (a short story) is one of the latest publications from the wonderful Renard Press. I received a copy in my subscription, along with a copy of the previously published How Should One Read a Book? which was a speech delivered at a school.

April Wrap Up and Mini Reviews (Part 1)

(Plus a few I missed off my March Wrap Up!)

The Windsor Knot by SJ Bennett (Her Majesty the Queen Investigates #1) ★★★☆☆

A cosy crime mystery, where the Queen investigates a death at Buckingham Palace. This was a really fun read. As you’d expect, it’s very British! An enjoyable, cosy read.

[Trigger Warnings: Suicide, Drug Abuse]

Bluebird by Ciel Pierlot ★★★

What a wild ride of a book! If you like a fast paced sci-fi, this would definitely be one for you! Featuring a gunslinging rebel, her librarian girlfriend and a mysterious bounty hunter.

Read for the Luna Bookclub (hosted by Hannah @ LadetteM on Discord via Waypoint Books)

[Trigger Warnings: Drug Use]

Metronome by Tom Watson ★★★☆☆

**I read an early copy via The Pigeon Hole**

A quiet dystopian, set in some unspecified future year. Aina and Whitney have been in exile on a remote island for twelve years for a crime they committed, tethered there by pills they must take every eight hours to survive.

[Trigger Warnings: Emotional Abuse, Abortion]

Manifesto: On Never Giving Up by Bernardine Evaristo ★★★★

Part memoir, part manifesto. Written with Bernardine Evaristo’s usual skill, I highly recommend the audiobook which she narrates herself.

All the World’s a Page Readathon: 5* prediction + A woman you adore + A Black author

Magical Readathon: 5* prediction

[Trigger Warnings: Racism, Domestic Abuse]

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett ★★★

A children’s classic about a girl who loses everything when her father dies and it made to work at the school. While the plot itself is very predictable, it’s a enjoyable (if a bit twee) read.

Buzzwordathon: Little/Big

All the World’s a Page: A book you think will have a happy ending

[Trigger Warnings: Child abuse, Confinement]

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin ★★★

A 17- and 83- year old meet in a hospital while terminally ill. They grow close, and tell their stories. This book broke me, and I would highly recommend!

Read for my local book club

All the World’s a Page: A hyped book + Featuring female friendship

Magical Readathon: Title contains the letter D

[Trigger Warnings: Terminal Illness, Dementia]