Swing Time by Zadie Smith

I really wanted to like this book and I had been looking forward to reading it since I picked up my copy. I love the jacket and thought the blurb sounded great. Unfortunately this novel did not live up to expectations and I didn’t really enjoy reading it. It wasn’t bad, by any stretch – there are some wonderful bits of writing and some interesting, … Continue reading Swing Time by Zadie Smith

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

I loved The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (see my review here), even though it is a book that seems to polarise opinion, so I thought it was about time that I read Tartt’s 1992 modern classic, The Secret History. The story is about a group of college students and what happens when they murder one of their friends. This sounds like it should be a … Continue reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

I’m afraid I didn’t like this book very much. It wasn’t terrible and I don’t have particularly strong feelings about it but essentially it was just very ‘meh’. It is set in 1954 on the fictional, but realistic, island of San Piedro, off the coast of north-west America. A fisherman is found drowned in his nets and a Japanese-American man is accused of his murder. … Continue reading Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson