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The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

I’ve had a crazy busy couple of weeks which is why it’s taken me so long to read this book. That said, it’s definitely not a quick read kind of book. It’s intellectual and can be quite dense at times as there are references – and often academic ones – to history, philosophy and literature throughout. It is a┬ánon-linear novel that is incredibly well crafted … Continue reading The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

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The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi

I’m still making up my mind about this book. On the one hand I really enjoyed its darkly comic style and the satirically pessimistic view of the world, which definitely struck a chord with my more morose moods (job hunting is not good for the soul). At the same time I disliked the main character – in fact several of the main characters – and … Continue reading The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi

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A Son of the Circus by John Irving

This is the first of the two Irving novels that my mum bought me for Christmas. And it didn’t disappoint. John Irving is firmly cemented as my favourite author and I intend to read every novel he has written, probably several times. I always thought it was difficult to pin-point an author that was really my absolute ‘favourite’ but it turns out that I just … Continue reading A Son of the Circus by John Irving

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How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect of this book. I love Caitlin Moran’s witty column in The Time’s weekend Magazine but I wasn’t convinced that this writing style would translate to novel form. However I was proved wrong. While this isn’t exactly a ‘serious’ novel, it was still very well written and was the kind of book you could binge-read in a couple of … Continue reading How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

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Review: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

It’s a shame that my first book of 2016 has been this one because I’d hoped my reading year would get off to a better start. The Orchardist is just a little bit dull. It started out pretty well and I was quite intrigued by the initial events of the novel. It isn’t predictable and I didn’t know what was going to happen next, but … Continue reading Review: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin