• Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel (fiction)

    This book is immaculate. I thought it would be - those who have read Station Eleven already know the quality of Mandel's writing, so the expectation was high and it didn't disappoint. I admire this slim book for its neatness in plotting and its impressive scope. I'm partial to time travel in books, science fiction and Emily St. John Mandel, so this wasn't a hard book for me to love. 

  • Abandon by Blake Crouch (fiction)

    I was lucky enough to spend a long weekend at a cabin on the Welsh borders earlier this month and I took my time selecting the perfect book for the occasion. As tempting as it was to take The Cabin in the Woods by Sarah Alderson, I thought it would be too on the nose. So I took Abandon and I can honestly say that there is not one second of that book in which anything remotely boring happens. It's got an abandoned gold rush town, paranormal investigators, loads of murders (loads) and terribly dangerous weather conditions. 

  • Strangers by Taichi Yamada (fiction)

    The inspiration for Andrew Haigh's 2023 film All of Us Strangers that I've yet to watch, Strangers is a ghost story set in Tokyo. It is brilliantly uncanny, subtle and atmospheric - I couldn't wait for a spare moment to keep reading. 

  • Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield (fiction)

    Finally got round to reading this and loved it so much. It came highly recommended from a few people, and now I’m highly recommending it to anyone else who hasn’t had the chance to read it yet. It flits between two character perspectives, one of which is on land, the other mostly underwater. Slow burning and eerie, this is one for the ocean lovers and perhaps those with a curiosity of submarines, whilst also being so beautifully written and having much poetic prose on love, grief, life. 

  • Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica (fiction) 

    This one was good, in the way it was gripping. I couldn't put it down and read it in a day, mainly because I was motivated to find out how the book ends. The premise of it was interesting, basically the entire animal species is infected with a deadly virus which means they're unable to be produced for meat anymore, and the only logical conclusion society came to was to breed humans to eat instead. As someone who doesn't eat meat, I was intrigued how they'd write about such a society in the book, and whilst the plot was compelling enough to keep me reading, it did lack in commentary towards how brutal the factory farming situation is, when it had the perfect opportunity to do so. Overall I'd probably give this a 3.5/5. 

  • Collapse Feminism by Alice Cappelle

    Collapse Feminism is a recent one from Repeater Books, discussing the 'online battle for feminism's future'. This was an interesting read, and one I'd recommend to anyone who enjoys reading about feminism, especially as it was quite broad and not overly academic, making it quite easy to understand.

  • Ordinary Human Failings by Megan Nolan (fiction)

    Devoured this. Reminded me slightly of Penance, which I loved last year. Emotive, well written and really compelling, I didn't want to put it down.

  • The Wonder State by Sara Flannery Murphy

    A magical story set over two timelines, about a group of friends that are brought back together when their childhood friend goes missing. Set in atmospheric Arkansas, the tale slowly unravels as you delve deeper into the mystery of Eternal Springs and the eccentric Theodora Trader’s enchanted houses. If you like magical realism this one is for you.

  • 1982, Janine by Alasdair Gray

    Not bad. Dated.

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