2015: The Numbers

As you all know, 2015 was not a banner year for me. Reading was down, reviewing was down, writing was down. I even forgot my blog’s 3rd anniversary. What is happening to me? Continue reading

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars by E. LockhartI feel like I’m the last person in the book blogging world to have read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. It was all the rage two summers ago, if I remember correctly. Some people loved it, some felt it was predictable, others merely jumped on one bandwagon or the other. It was kind of an ‘it’ book of the moment – one I knew I’d read, but maybe once all the hub-bub had died down. Continue reading

A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate Bronstein

A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate BornsteinYes, it’s true, the title – A Queer and Pleasant Danger had me hooked before I had even opened the book. But come on, word play like that? you know the whole book is going to be well-written if nothing else. And it’s by Kate Bornstein, the original gender outlaw. And it’s got its fair share of Scientology in it. I may as well stop my review here because this book ticked all my boxes. I loved it. Continue reading

A House Called Askival by Merryn Glover

A House Called Askival by Merryn GloverI know what you’re thinking … where have i been? Well, that’s another story (hint: Canary Islands), but I’m back with a bundle full of reviews to write. First up – A House Called Askival by Merryn Glover. It’s published by a small Scottish press, so you may not have heard of it, but it is well worth searching for it. Continue reading

The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go

The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin GoSeriously, I have to start reading the blurbs on the back of books! I was drawn to The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go because I thought it was about climbing Mount Everest. Mount Everest is genre kryptonite for me. So i was a little disappointed to learn that Everest is only a small portion of the novel. But Go’s writing made up for that. He is a seriously good writer and I will read whatever he puts out next. Continue reading

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

The Japanese Lover by Isabel AllendeDon’t judge a book by its cover. Seriously, are we back to that old adage? But so, so true. I picked up The Japanese Lover for two reasons: I haven’t read anything by Isabel Allende in years and based on the cover I assumed it was a war time novel set in Japan. I was close. The Japanese Lover is a novel partially set during WWII in San Francisco.  Continue reading