Busy, busy … but … Book Reviews!

Things have been totally crazy manic lately with the big move date crawling ever closer.  It seems like most evenings are spent phoning up people or emailing others to change over details or book in internet engineers.  Then there is all the actual physical packing and rubbish-tossing lark that is taking way longer than I thought.  I’m doing all the physical moving by myself with my car so there is a lot of back-and-fourthing and heavy lifting.  My poor little car and upper arms!

Plus, chuck in all the medical stuff with this new crazy diet the specialist has me on has made me quite stressed and grumpy.

All aside, it hasn’t stopped me reading so here is a few mini reviews of my recent reads:

We See Everything by William Sutcliffe

Really interesting story set against the backdrop of a bombed-out London landscape in a world where an all seeing eye watches your every move.  Seen from the point of view of someone on the inside and someone on the out we get a very different view of life in this new London, how relationships can still exist and mistakes can still be made.    A good take on the 1984 dystopian future genre but I did find the ending a little of a low after the real highs of the rest of the book.  A good leaping off point for other books in a similar genre vein.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

I read this a while ago as a little light relief for the holidays.  I love Rainbow Rowell’s fun and engaging style of writing that only wants you to read more and more.  Attachments is a sweet but heart-breaking tale about three characters that are wrapped up in each others lives even if they don’t all know each other.  A great one for a Sunday afternoon to indulgence in.  Two thumbs up!

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

Sarah Crossan is one of those authors that I’ll just read in a day because her stories and characters are so compelling.  Also, writing in prose does make the books easier reads but there is nothing lost in the reduced word count.  Sarah just knows how to tap into the heart of a difficult tale and make you rethink your preset judgements and assumptions.  Moonrise is a great follow up to the success of One and it guarantees Sarah’s future works to be a ‘must read’ for me.

I’m Not With The Band by Sylvia Patterson

I was recommended this book after seeing it on Keris Stainton’s Instagram page as the title & cover totally hooked me in so I bought it as a post-birthday treat a while ago.  This is the true account of the life of Sylvia Patterson as a young and upcoming journalist as she falls into the made world of music journalism through the 80s, 90s and beyond.  A brilliant book not just about music and the celeb names (though there are loads of fab behind-the-scenes tales) but also the life of a strong woman trying to make it on her own and fucking it up from time to time.  Completely wonderful.

Encounters by Jason Wallace

I saw the cover for this one on twitter, searched out the blurb and it immediately ticked all my boxes.  I love an unusual story and being set in Africa gave it a great twist that really added extra flavour to the story as a whole.  I love me an alien mystery and this sounded so up my street that I had to request a review copy.  Inspired by true accounts, Encounters is a real page-turner and I really liked the story coming from several voices and the piecing together of the mystery.  Really must try and pick up Jason’s previous book because that sounds really interesting too.

The Power by Naomi Alderman

This is one of those books that everyone seems to have read and raved about.  I usually try and avoid books with major hype for a while because it overshadows the story too much for me, however I needed a good read for my holiday and this sounded like it would suit well.  A thrilling tale about shift of social power, gender and morality.  I can completely understand why it’s had such high praise and was so pleased that it lived up to the buzz.  Prime for a big or small screen adaptation.

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