Double Book Review: Truth or Dare by Non Pratt & I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson

The YA genre can be a bit hit-and-miss for me. I’m now 25 and some YA novels that I might have obsessed about 10 years ago now seem twee, slushy and/or overly predictable. However, recently I read two British YA contemporaries that were hard-hitting, completely unpatronising and that dealt with serious issues in a mature and thoroughly compelling way. Continue reading “Double Book Review: Truth or Dare by Non Pratt & I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson”

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Book Review: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Essex Serpent Blue
Beautiful blue Waterstone’s exclusive hardcover – you can’t see from this picture but some of the detail is stunningly picked out in gold foil.

One of our titles for May book club, I have wanted to get round to The Essex Serpent for an embarrassingly long time. Waterstones Book of the Year, Overall Book of the Year and Fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Awards, longlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction… I could go on with its various accolades but let’s just say it’s one of the most critically acclaimed books of the moment. Continue reading “Book Review: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry”

This Bookseller Recommends… Title recommendations for fans of The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

MiniaturistI remember The Miniaturist being absolutely huge when it came out. The combination of a richly imagined and evoked city, a cast of complex, flawed and mysterious characters, along with a hint of magical realism and plenty of intrigue, all combined to create a darkly atmospheric historical novel that people are still talking about today. Continue reading “This Bookseller Recommends… Title recommendations for fans of The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton”

My Top 5 Audiobooks (So Far)!

I absolutely love listening to audiobooks – my Audible subscription has been my most worthwhile investment in recent years. Audiobooks let me work on my TBR while out and about, as well as enable me to enjoy books (certain slower paced classics, for example) that I might struggle to finish in regular book format. As with regular books, there are certain audiobooks that stand out from the crowd. They go beyond a simple narration of the story – they are outstanding performances in their own right, to the extent that I feel that I would have lost out on something significant had I simply read them in book format. Continue reading “My Top 5 Audiobooks (So Far)!”

Book Review: The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Power

Well. Usually I have no trouble categorising books into genres, but this one has me slightly flummoxed. Part sci-fi, part dystopia, part social commentary, The Power is pretty unique, and makes a bold statement about sexism and gender roles in contemporary society. It’s certainly not one that the marketing team could tout as “The next [insert popular and over-hyped book here]”. Continue reading “Book Review: The Power by Naomi Alderman”

This Bookseller Recommends… Title recommendations for fans of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

One of the most frequent requests I get from customers as a bookseller is, “I really loved [insert book here] or [insert author here], and now I don’t know what to read next.” With my This Bookseller Recommends series, I will take a highly popular book or author and recommend other books to read that I think are similar in subject matter, style or general feel. Continue reading “This Bookseller Recommends… Title recommendations for fans of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins”

Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give
This is a proof – I believe that the UK cover is still black but has more detail; the US cover is VERY different – see which one you prefer!

This book is so important. It’s a book that I can not only see being hugely successful, but one that I believe will continue to be successful, and relevant, and maybe even studied in classrooms in the not-so-distant future. Inspired by the Black Lives Matters movement, this novel follows Starr, a 16-year-old black girl who witnesses the murder of her unarmed friend Khalil at the hands of a white policeman. Continue reading “Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas”