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  • Personal Updates,  Random

    Confession Time: Sometimes I Don’t Want to Read

    Happy April, everyone! I can’t believe we are already four months into 2018. It’s already Spring! It’s supposed to be getting warmer! And my favourite part: Days are longer! It’s been quite some time since I last did a personal update, so I thought I’d share what is going on with my life right now, which seems to be going against a book blog, but stay with me, it doesn’t: I haven’t felt like reading these past months. Yes, you’ve read it right. In the past two months I have only managed to finish reading one book – albeit a chunky one, but one nonetheless. It is not the first…

  • British,  Crime fiction,  Random

    Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

    The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (Raven Books, 8th February 2018) quickly became one of last Winter’s most anticipated books. I saw my Twitter feed flooded with people praising the book and once I learned that it was a modern take on a Golden Age mystery, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. Thank you to Raven Books (Bloomsbury) for always supporting Bodies at the Library. The first thing that called my attention about The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle was that it was described as a modern take on a Golden Age mystery with a twist. I think it’s pretty obvious now that…

  • American,  Crime fiction,  Essays,  Random

    The Future and the Truth are Female: The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

      Crime fiction is one of the most political forms of popular literature, and American women authors are killing it (no pun intended) with the likes of Gillian Flynn, Megan Abbott, Laura Lippman being responsible for a new golden age. The reasons for the success of female-authored crime fiction novels are many, but considering the current political climate, it is just natural to see how these narratives about social injustice and trauma as the perfect breeding ground for those stories that women have been keeping silent for years or even decades. Megan Miranda’s latest novel The Perfect Stranger (2017) perfectly exemplifies this new era and the role women are proactively…

  • Essays,  Random

    More for the University of Birmingham: Beyond the Best-Selling Label. Patricia Cornwell and Kay Scarpetta

    I mentioned last week I have written some articles for the University of Birmingham’s new and super cool blog on Popular Culture and the second one is already out! This time I talk about one of my favourite writers, Patricia Cornwell and her Kay Scarpetta series. More here  https://blog.bham.ac.uk/poplit/beyond-the-best-selling-label-patricia-cornwell-and-kay-scarpetta-by-elena-avanzas-alvarez/

  • Essays,  Random

    New Article for the University of Birmingham: Why we Like Our Crime Fiction Feminist (But We May Have a Hard Time Admitting it)’

    As many of you know, apart from working at Bodies in the Library I write for other outlets as well. I was recently invited to do a series of posts on crime fiction for the University of Birmingham’s new and super cool blog on popular culture and the first of them just came out this week. This project has been in the works for quite some time now and I couldn’t wait to share it with you all. The blog also features posts on other popular literature genres, such as romance so I highly recommend some browsing. As it could not be otherwise I chose to write about crime fiction…

  • Random

    Moving Forward: A Gofundme Campaign

    Hello everyone! I have some bad news and some goods and since I’m a big fan of being upfront and honest, let’s get down to it: The bad news is that my only computer has decided to stop working on certain occasions. This past week it took me 20 minutes to start it because it was “hibernating” though why it was doing that, I sincerely have no idea. Then, the screen froze 4 times in a 2-hour period while I was editing my thesis (a 300-pages Word document). This is the second time I have serious computer trouble in the past 15 months and this is how I’m feeling: As…

  • Personal Updates,  Random

    New Year, More Reading: A Personal Update

    It’s been a while since I posted a personal update as I have been focusing on reviewing all the fantastic books (seriously, 2018 is off to a fantastic start!) that I got for Christmas and from publishers as well. So, let’s just dive right in! First things first: The She Writes series have come to an end with Margaret Atwood’s interview last Friday and I have to say, I’m sad to see the series go. I started planning these interviews last summer, and week by week they came to life thanks to all the amazing writers who took some time off their busy schedules to answer my questions. The experience…

  • Random

    Happy New Year

    The time has come to wave goodbye to 2017 and welcome 2018. I don’t know where this past year go, but I surely have some great memories (and readings!) from it. Firts things first: THANK YOU! 2017 has been very important for this site as it went from my beloved Books & Reviews to Bodies in the Library. It was really important for me to save all my content and reorganise it with a new image and a new structure in mind. I have been blogging since 2011 and I have learned a lot about writing, editing and creating content. That knowledge propelled me to make this huge change, a…

  • Book Releases,  Random

    7 Crime Fiction Books You Cannot Miss in 2018

    Bookish people can’t help it. As 2017 is coming to an end all we can think about is all the new books that we are going to read in 2018. And it doesn’t get better. I have always been an impulsive reader and I only managed to schedule my readings during my English Literature degree because I loved lessons and I was obsessed with the professors spoiling the books for me. In my 6 years here, this is the first time not only that I am excited for books up to ten months prior to their publishing, but that I have a list of books, I know their release dates…