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

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

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

‘Annabel’ by Kathleen Winter

One of my friends is writing her research project on ‘Annabel’ and ‘The Wasp Factory’ so when I spotted this novel in the library I decided to take it out. I have previously read ‘Middlesex’ by Jeffrey Eugenides, which I thought was really good (would definitely recommend!), so I was interested to see how another author would approach the subject of inter-sexuality. ‘Annabel’ is set … Continue reading ‘Annabel’ by Kathleen Winter