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  • 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…

  • Essays,  Random

    Kate Atkinson Not Shorlisted for the Bailey’s Prize… Yet Again

    This is both a love note and a quick rant. This is a post about being bookishly devastated – if that is even a thing: British author Kate Atkinson has not been shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women Prize for fiction, even though her latest novel, A God in Ruins, made it to the long list. What can I say? I am both surprised and angry, but I saw it coming. Atkinson has been snubbed at numerous literary prizes for ages. Her novels offer readers a complex, rich, humourous, dark and unique take on diverse themes that range from everyday life to moral relativism. I can take the cynical route and…

  • Random

    Reading Around the Web

    Just some fun links for a Saturday afternoon. Enjoy! Are you a feminist? This test will tell you! Which Little Woman are you? I was scared I was going to get Meg, but I got Jo. Simon Savidge is reading two Dorothy-themed books. Why hadn’t I heard about them before? There is a literary lunch with Kate Atkinson and I can’t go. Please do if you can 🙂 Leah from Books Speak Volumes is giving away a box full of copies of Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

  • Feminist Sundays,  Giveaways

    Feminist Sunday: Life After Life Giveaway!

    This is a sticky post. Please scroll down to see new posts 🙂 Hi, everyone! This is a very, very special Feminist Sunday because we’re celebrating our first giveaway! One of the keys to celebrate women writers is to promote their works. As you know, I am a huge Kate Atkinson fan and a few days ago her latest novel, Life After Life got a paperback release. In the book, 11th of February plays a key role and to celebrate the date we have: 2 paperback copies of Life After Life donated by Alison Barrow  (UK giveaway) 1 paperback copy of Life After Life bought by Books & Reviews (Global…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    Started Early, Took my Dog by Kate Atkinson

    Started Early, Took my Dog is the last installment in the Jackson Brodie series by Kate Atkinson. It was originally published in 2010 when I first heard of Atkinson and the series, so this book has been in my TBR list for a long time now. Last week I realised it was the last in the series I’m writing my dissertation about and decided to read it. It took me two sittings. The following is a SPOILER-FREE review. From GoodReads: A day like any other for security chief Tracy Waterhouse, until she makes a purchase she hadn’t bargained for. One moment of madness is all it takes for Tracy’s humdrum…

  • 20th century,  General Fiction

    Behind The Scenes At The Museum by Kate Atkinson

    Behind The Scenes At The Museum is Kate Atkinson’s first novel – originally published in 1995 – and winner the 1995 Whitbread Book of the Year. The following is a SPOILER FREE review. Enjoy! From Book Depository: Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster telling a woman in an emerald dress and a D-cup that he wasn’t married. Bunty had never wanted to marry George, but here she was, stuck in a flat above the pet shop in an ancient street beneath York Minster, with sensible and sardonic Patricia aged five, greedy cross-patch Gillian who refused…

  • 21st Century

    Out Today

    Two great books are out in the UK today. I was kindly sent advanced review copies for both of them and already read and reviewed them a long time ago. But today, seeing pictures of those amazing authors – two women I admire – signing copies and meeting fans, I just wanted to dedicate them this post and the best luck. The Promise by Ann Weisgarber You can read my review here. Ann kindly allowed me to interview her. Read the interview here. Ann has been a dear to me for some months now. After our interview, we kept exchanging emails and I met a wonderful, generous and kind woman,…

  • 21st Century,  General Fiction

    Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

    As soon as I read Kate Atkinson was publishing a new book in March, I contacted her publicists and almost everyone in her team to get an advanced review copy of Life After Life. I had no idea what the book was about, but I just knew I wanted it and was sure I’d love it. A big thank you to Alison Barrow for sending me the review copy in exchange for my honest review. From Book Depository: What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

    Many of you already know I am a huge Kate Atkinson fan, especially of the Jackson Brodie series. However, I started reading the series in an unusual order: #3 (When Will There Be Good News) , #2 (One Good Turn) and I thought it was time I read #1 (Case Histories) and made the most of it by re-reading #2 and #3, read for the first time #4 (Started Early, Took my Dog) and be ready for #5 (Life After Life) to be released next March. From Book Depository: Case one: A little girl goes missing in the night. “Case two: ” A beautiful young office worker falls victim to…