Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

I have a lot to say about this book! It is about Ruth, a black midwife, who finds herself the defendant of a manslaughter trial after a baby dies on her ward. The parents of the child are white supremisists who asked that Ruth not be allowed to touch the baby. Despite this blatant discrimination, Ruth does as she is asked until she is left … Continue reading Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I cannot describe how much I love and admire Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s books. She is a wonderful writer and Half of a Yellow Sun is a beautiful, but also harrowing, showcase of her talent. It is a novel about the Biafran War in the 1960s and I will admit that I had pretty much no knowledge of the history of the war before reading this … Continue reading Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson

I’ll start off by saying that it has been quite a while since I posted anything and this is partly because I haven’t read anything in a while! Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that I haven’t finished anything in a while. Before Christmas, I started reading A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James but I have just not been … Continue reading The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson

Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks

I loved Faulks’ ‘Birdsong’, which I read years ago, and I was expecting something with the same intensity and emotion from this one. The blurb certainly suggested that the same themes were there and it promised to compel me, but instead I was left feeling a little disappointed by his latest novel. I found the main character, RobertĀ Hendricks, quite hard to understand. The book narrates … Continue reading Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

This book was not what I expected. For a start, I thought that Carson was a man (she is not) and the title had me thinking of something Gatsby-esque. But this was not a love story. Or perhaps it is, but certainly not a conventional one. It is about John Singer, a deaf mute who becomes a confidant for several members of the community in … Continue reading The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

This was a book that I enjoyed, not only because it was a good story, but because I felt like I learnt something new while I was reading it. A Tale for the Time Being is about Ruth (perhaps an autobiographical element here, I don’t know), a Japanese Canadian writer who lives on a remote Canadian island. One day she discovers something unusual on her … Continue reading A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

This novel was everything you expect from a Margaret Atwood novel. An imaginative dystopian world, a witty critique of modern society and some great humour mixed in with the warning about human nature. The Heart Goes Last is about Stan and Charmaine, a couple living in a futuristic world (not too dissimilar from our own) where everything has gone pretty wrong. Stan has lost his … Continue reading The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood