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My Top Reads of 2017

2017 was a bit of an up-and-down year for me as a reader.  Some months I would race through a selection of books, but in others I would struggle to finish one single novel. I guess everyone goes through these phases, but I sometimes I feel guilt as a blogger – especially when I get sent books from publishers (or worse – request a book). However, I have discovered that the book community as a whole is very supportive of one another, with an emphasis on ‘doing you’ and not giving in to feelings of pressure. This year, I may not have hit all my reading goals, but what I have read has been extremely good. I’ve read a large selection of high-quality books, and these are my 10 top reads (in no particular order): 1. Human Acts by Han Kang This beautiful and haunting book was the first book I…

August TBR List

This is the first time I’ve done a post of this kind, but I’ve decided to up my blogging game and post more than JUST book reviews. I also want to encourage myself to read more books than I currently manage each month, and by publicly announcing this, I hope to keep myself accountable and reach my goals (wish me luck!). So, here’s the books on my TBR list this month: 1. Such Small Hands by Andres Barba Her father died instantly, her mother in the hospital. She has learned to say this flatly without emotion – the way she says her name (Marina), her doll’s name (also Marina) and her age (seven). Now she lives in the orphanage with the other little girls. But Marina is not like the other little girls. In the curious, hyperreal, feverishly serious world of childhood, the girls play games of desire and warfare. The…