Audiobook Review: Everything You Ever Wanted by Luiza Sauma

Opening sentence: “Iris first heard about life on Nyx on a freezing winter’s night.” If you were offered the opportunity to live on another planet, that is ‘a genuine alternative to life on Earth’ would you take it? That is what Everything You Ever Wanted asks. There is a caveat though… you can’t ever come […]

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Review: My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

Opening sentence: “Whenever I woke up, night or day, I’d shuffle through the bright marble foyer of my building and go up the block and around the corner where there was a bodega that never closed.”Β  Like your books deadpan, witty and satirical in tone? Then you’ll love My Year of Rest and Relaxation. Our […]

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Review: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Published in 2018 by Portobello Books / 163 pages / Translated from Japanese by Ginny Tapley Takemori Opening sentence: “A convenience store is a world of sound.” I just love, love, love quirky, quick books like this. I started reading and thought, ‘I’ll stop at the end of this chapter’ but… there are no chapters, […]

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Review: The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp by Sarra Manning

Published September 2018 by HarperCollins / 386 pages Opening sentence: “BATTLE OF THE BIG BROTHER BEAUTIES!” I need to start this review with an admission: I have never read Vanity Fair. So the fact that The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp is a contemporary retelling of said book is a little lost on me. […]

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