Normal People, Sally Rooney

Normal People. Are people normal? I don’t think so. I think we are weird and strange and contradictory and self-contradictory and life primarily in delusions and bubbles of pretense and make-believe. But maybe that’s me! “Normal” seems like a slur… So the point is, I’m not entirely sure what drew me to this book: it…

30 Day Book Challenge: Day Ten!

Ah well, I lost my streak!  Never mind. Stuff happens! Am I going to lose any sleep over it? Nope! But returning to the challenge today, the task is to choose a book  that makes you cry happy tears Happy tears. I’m selecting three books for this one because – well, because it’s my blog,…

The Witch Elm by Tana French

Well! This is my Christmas gift list sorted! Heart racing! Just need to resist the temptation to buy it myself on October 9th! I would read almost anything by Tana French since reading The Secret Place and going back to start her Dublin Murder Squad series from the start – Broken Harbour is in my…

The Heart’s Invisible Furies, John Boyne

  Some books you can knock out a review in a moment or two after reading them. Others take time to digest and consider and reflect on. And this beautiful, heart-aching, visceral, funny, tragic novel is one of the latter. But as yesterday was the International Day Against Homophobia Biphobia Intersexism and Transphobia  – should…

History Of The Rain, Niall Williams

Books appeal to me in a variety of different ways. Some are intellectually challenging; some have intricate or gripping plots; some tug on the heart strings; some create whole worlds inside me; some create characters who live on inside my mind and imagination. And some sing to me. They breathe under my fingers. They live.  And…