Recently read | part two

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – 5/5 “I wish this story were different. I wish it were more civilized. I wish it showed me in a better light, if not happier, then at least more active, less hesitant, less distracted by trivia. I wish it had more shape. I wish it were about love, or…

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Recently read | part one

I thought now a perfect time than any to do a round-up of all the books I’ve read in the last six months. Don’t worry though, I’m breaking it up into two posts so you won’t feel too overwhelmed. How It Feels by Brendan Cowell – 2/5 Written by an Australian author How It Feels is about…

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty| recently read

Big Little Lies is about a tragic event that takes place at Pirriwee Public’s annual school Trivia Night. A parent is dead but it is unknown who, how or why. Set in Sydney, Australia the story looks closely at the stories of three women (Celeste, Madeline and Jane), and the big little lies they tell and keep…

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Can a novel change you?

A little while ago I came across an interesting question: think of one book that has changed you as a person. I liked how open-ended it was. It could be answered simply or, taken to a place where a book helped to shape a person’s view. Initially I thought of Jenny Han’s The Summer I…

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Me Before You, After You & Still Me by Jojo Moyes | recently read

Me Before You Let me start off my saying that I have never cried more reading a book than I did reading the final chapters of this. Having seen the film adaption a couple of times I had familiarised myself with the characters and storyline. Although the book is written very simply, there is a…

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Essence by Hayley Gabrielle | recently read

Essence by Hayley Gabrielle is a young adult fantasy book and the first of The Essence Chronicles. This is Hayley’s debut-novel – and a good one at that.

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We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver | recently read

‘Kevin made himself up for you, and there must have been, in the very lavishness of his fabrication, a deep and aching desire to please. But do you ever consider how disappointed he must have been when you accepted the decoy as the real thing?’ We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver is a…

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak | recently read

‘They say that war is death’s best friend, but I must offer you a different point of view on that one. To me, war is like the new boss who expects the impossible. He stands over your shoulder repeating one thing incessantly. ‘Get it done, get it done.’ So you work harder. You get the…

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris| recently read

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris follows the story of Lale, a young Jewish man sent to the Birkenau concentration camp in Poland during the Second World War. The novel not only provides insight into the minds of Lale and his fellow inmates, but the vile and vicious mistreatment of the hundreds of thousands…

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A collated review | recently read

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent Hannah Kent’s writing style is engaging from the very first page. The characters she writes on and explores are intriguing and at times heartbreaking. I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone, and I mean anyone. I knew nothing about this except that it is set in Iceland around 1820…

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