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 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 non-linear novel that is incredibly well crafted … Continue reading The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

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

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I enjoyed this book because it challenged me to think about things that I don’t usually think about very much: namely, race. I think the most important thing that Americanah showed me is the significance of white privilege and the way that, in Western society, we now tend to push race out of the picture and pretend that racism, and specifically institutionalised racism, doesn’t exist any … Continue reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie