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  • General Fiction,  Personal Updates,  Random

    January and February Reading: An Ode to Public Libraries with Susan Orlean’s The Library Book

    Since life has been getting busier and messier – which is how it should be -, I’ve realised that I’d rather share all my monthly reading updates in one post instead of writing one post for each book. Traditional reviewing is not working anymore for me and my approach to reading and writing is now closer to journaling. Last month I experimented with this new style and I loved the writing process and all the conversations that it sparked. The Inspiration One of the last things I did in 2018 was to contact Atlantic Books to get a review copy of Susan Orelan’s The Library Book, a non-fiction look at…

  • Random

    My First Time Reading Romance: One Day in December by Josie Silver (Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club Pick, December 2018)

    Confession time: I had never read a contemporary romance novel until 2018. It was not something intentional and definitely not something based on any prejudices. I think it all comes from not being a particularly romantic person – anyone else out there running from big gestures? But some of my favourite Booktubers and bloggers love romance, so by 2018 I had learned quite a bit about the genre. For example, that it is socially estimagtised and marked as ‘women’s reading’ or ‘chick-lit’ because it is something read mostly by women. It was precisely this snippet of information that so much resembles the perception of crime fiction that made me become…

  • Personal Updates,  Random

    2018: The Year I Read Enough

    As the year comes to an end, I think it is impossible not to look back on the past 12 months and reflect on what has happened and what has not. We are all humans, after all, carried away by the lure of new beginnings and the promise of a better future (in politics, in gender equality, in green issues, the world just has to get better, right?). As I finished what I realized would be the last book of 2018 for me, I could not but revise my reading diary, that little notebook where I jot down the title and the date I finished a book, organised by years.…

  • Monthly Recommendations
    Crime fiction,  Forensic,  Random

    November Recommendations: Crime Fiction and Medicine

    Bodies in the Library’s recommendations come out the last day of each month and they aim to bring together great crime fiction reads for fans of the genre. The lists are eclectic and diverse, and they celebrate contemporary crime fiction writers and classics alike. This month’s recommendations are extra special to me because even though literature is clearly my first love, medicine follows very closely. My mum is a nurse, and some of my closest relatives are doctors so it was just a matter of time that showed an interest in the field. As you can imagine, medicine and crime fiction combine perfectly, especially after the CSI effect in the…

  • Personal Updates,  Random

    Life Lately: Fall and Reading

    How come it is November 2018 already? I can’t believe how far this year has gone by and the many, many changes it has brought along. I got my PhD, changed jobs, and revived an old dream of mine I put on hold for very wrong reasons almost a decade ago. With so much going on, you can imagine (and see in the lack of posts) that I haven’t been reading that much. The weather is a bit crazy in Spain right now, with snow falling mere days from sunshiny days. It is fall, but it does not really feel like it (yet). Meanwhile, I have all my sweaters on…

  • Monthly Recommendations
    Crime fiction,  Random,  Short stories

    5 FREE SHORT STORIES TO UP YOUR HALLOWEEN READING GAME

    Halloween is almost here and I’ve decided to publish Bodies in the Library‘s Monthly Recommendations a few days early. The reason? To up our spooky reading game a bit with some classic and free short stories. Each of the titles below provides access to a free and legal source from where to download the short story, so read without guilt! Bodies in the Library’s recommendations come out the last day of each month and they aim to bring together great crime fiction reads for fans of the genre. The lists are eclectic and diverse, and they celebrate contemporary crime fiction writers and classics alike. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins-Gilman…

  • American,  Crime fiction,  Random,  Southern

    The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter

    When you are in a Southern crime fiction mood you just have to roll with it! After compiling some nice looking Southern mysteries last month I had no other option but to read Emily Carpenter’s The Weight of Lies. The novel came to my attention after a good friend swore it was the perfect reading when you are in a Gillian Flynn hangover – yes, that’s a thing – and I have to say, she was 100% right. The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter is a fast-paced mystery that tells the story of Meg Ashley, daughter to Frances Ashley, a best-selling author idolised by her 1970’s cult horror novel Kitten. Frances’ success…

  • Monthly Recommendations
    American,  Crime fiction,  Monthly Recommendations

    September Recommendations: Southern Crime Fiction

    Bodies in the Library’s recommendations come out the last day of each month and they aim to bring together great crime fiction reads for fans of the genre. The lists are eclectic and diverse, and they celebrate contemporary crime fiction writers and classics alike. Southern culture is a big thing for me. My Mum brought me up listening to Johnny Cash and I carried on the family obsession by becoming June Carter Cash’s biggest fan as soon as I had access to the Internet. I love a good pair of cowboy boots, and my English-speaking friends think it’s funny I “y’all” people around even though I have a British accent.…

  • Random

    New Times

    Hello, everyone! It’s been a long, long time (almost two months!) but I’m finally back. A lot of things have happened of lately. The most exciting one: I finally got my PhD! It’s been one of the most challenging and most rewarding things I have done in my life, and all I can say right now – maybe I’m a bit overwhelmed still? – is that I’m just super happy to be able to call myself a doctor. Researching, reading, and writing took a lot of time away from the books I review here, especially during the last four months. But, two weeks after my viva, I’m finally getting back…