The Wasp Factory

The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

This is a pretty dark book, not the worst – that award goes to Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho – but still pretty messed up. However while American Psycho remains the most horrid thing I have ever read, I still felt I could understand the purpose. Yes, it is intended to shock but it is also cleverly crafted and has a profound message about contemporary … Continue reading The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

I really wanted to like this book. My dissertation tutor – who is an awesome woman – mentioned that she liked it and so I thought it must be good. Unfortunately I don’t share the same opinion. Wolf Hall is set in England during the reign of Henry VIII. Queen Katherine is being forced from the throne to be replaced by Anne Boleyn and the English … Continue reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

DO judge a book by its cover

Why I always judge a book by its cover

The idiom that says you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover is apt for a lot of things – there are many things you most definitely shouldn’t judge on appearances – but I’m not so sure about books. It is possible that I am completely wrong and I have missed out on many good stories purely because I judged the cover and returned the book to … Continue reading Why I always judge a book by its cover

To Be Well Read

Originally posted on Book Guy Reviews:
I came across the Guardian’s list of the Top 100 greatest novels of all time, and I have to say that I’m impressed. Such a list is something that is immensely difficult to come up with, but The Guardian has chosen a selection of novels (some I’ve heard of, some I haven’t) that stretch in fields and genre’s from Shelley’s Frankenstein, to Calvino’s… Continue reading To Be Well Read

purple hibiscus

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

After reading Americanah I was keen to read more of Adichie’s writing. Purple Hibiscus was Adichie’s début novel and it received a lot of critical praise. I think rightly so! The novel has a confident yet sensitive style which I think is echoed in Americanah. Purple Hibiscus is set in Nigeria against the backdrop of a military coup and this political drama is interwoven into the story of Kambili … Continue reading Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Room by Emma Donoghue

Room is unlike anything I’ve read before. It is narrated by five-year old Jack who has lived his entire life inside a single room. He knows nothing of the world ‘Outside’ and believes everything that he sees on TV to be pretend – only himself, his mother and the contents of the room are ‘real’. He personifies the furniture inside the room and thinks of … Continue reading Room by Emma Donoghue


The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

I wasn’t sure what I was going to make of The Goldfinch. Despite winning the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2014, I’d read a few not-so-positive reviews of it, one even claiming that it was the most un-finish-able book of last year, and to be honest that wouldn’t have been that surprising as it is a huge door-stop of a novel, running to 864 pages! So I … Continue reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt