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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…

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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

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The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner

This is a pretty difficult book. It’s definitely what you would call ‘literary’. I have now read it twice and I’m still not totally convinced I get it, so if you give it a go, it will take a little perseverance. However I actually really like it. The novel narrates the decline of the Compson family, an old aristocratic family from the American South, over … Continue reading The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner


Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

I wrote my undergradate dissertation on this novel because I love it. It also turned out to be very topical as this year transgender is definitely ‘having a moment’ (although I dislike the way transgender has been treated like a trend rather than something real people actually live through). Middlesex was written in 2002, a good decade or so before this sudden cultural interest in … Continue reading Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides