• Best Books

    Books And Reviews Best Books of 2014

    The wonderful, challenging and surprising 2014 is coming to an end today, so following Books & Reviews’ tradition, here are the best books I’ve read this year. Can you guess which was my favourite? 10. East of Eden by John Steinbeck 9. Linda, as in The Linda Murder by Leif G.W Persson 8. Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary 7. The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan 6. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell Advertisements

  • Essays,  Random

    Why #ReadWomen2014 Has Changed Things, And Why #ReadWomen Matters

    This year started in the best way possible for us feminist book bloggers: with #ReadWomen2014 a hashtag used on Twitter to promote and support books writen by women. Any genre. Any length. Any kind. The only requisit was that they were written by women. Founder, Joanna Walsh, describes the campaign as ‘A year-long celebration of women’s writing’ on their Twitter profile page, and The Guardian dedicated the campaign an article on an effort to spread the word. They say: Female authors are marginalised by newspapers and literary journals, and their books are given ‘girly’ covers. Take action against this inequality by making sure the next book you read is by…

  • Classics,  Crime fiction

    From Doon with Death by Ruth Rendell

    Last November I was feeling quite disappointed with my PhD reading, basically because I kept reading theories and analysis of classic crime fiction novels that I had never read. So, I emailed by every lovely professor to talk about my frustration and she said of course I could take a break and read two of the most important women authors in 20th century crime fiction: P.D James and Ruth Rendell. You can check my review of An Unsuitable Job for a Woman here, but today, I’m all about Rendell’s first novel in the Wexford series, From Doon with Death. I got this book from the publishers, since they were re-printing…

  • Giveaways

    Giveaway: Dying for Christmas by Tammy Cohen

    I have recently discovered Dying for Christmas by Tammy Cohen (out 11/20) and I thought: ‘Christmas and crime? I need to read this!? While I wait for my review copy to arrive, the lovely Sarah Harwood from Transworld Books has given me 3 review copies of Dying for Christmas to organise a giveaway just in time to get into the festive spirit! From Goodreads: I am missing. Held captive by a blue-eyed stranger. To mark the twelve days of Christmas, he gives me a gift every day, each more horrible than the last. The twelfth day is getting closer. After that, there’ll be no more Christmas cheer for me. No…

  • 21st Century,  General Fiction

    The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of Rufi Thorpe’s debut novel The Girls from Coronal de Mar at Naomi’s blog The Writes of Woman. So, last week, after reading too much crime fiction – I never dreamed this would happen – I longed for the twisted, dark and emotionally haunting story that Naomi had told me The Girls from Corona del Mar was. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. Please beware, this review contains spoilers. From Goodreads: Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends: hard-hearted Mia and untouchably beautiful, kind Lorrie Ann. While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at fifteen, and younger brothers…

  • Classics,  Crime fiction

    An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P.D James

    Back in September I bought three books for my PhD because I knew they were landmarks in crime fiction and I could not allow myself to start writing about female investigators without having read those classics. One of them was An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1972) by P.D James: From Goodreads: Handsome Cambridge dropout Mark Callender died hanging by the neck with a faint trace of lipstick on his mouth. When the official verdict is suicide, his wealthy father hires fledgling private investigator Cordelia Gray to find out what led him to self-destruction. What she discovers instead is a twisting trail of secrets and sins, and the strong scent…

  • Non-fiction

    Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

    Just of lately I have been very keen on non-fiction, which is a huge change taking into account I am usually all for a good crime novel. But I think my brain has switched to theory and non-fiction reading for the day, so it is a little bit difficult to switch off for the night. So, basically I looked at my TBR pile and realized that I had long wanted to read Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, a book I was kindly sent by Little Brown to review. My pleasure! From Goodreads: In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    Her by Harriet Lane

    If there was a poralizing book around this summer in your blogs, that was Her by Harriet Lane. Some people loved it, some people hated it, but what could not be argued is that this was the book everyone read this summer. So, I asked for a review copy, pretty confident that this would be a book that I would love. Well, as I have said, it is a controversial story. From Goodreads: You don’t remember her–but she remembers you. On the face of it, Emma and Nina have very little in common. Isolated and exhausted by early motherhood, Emma finds her confidence is fading fast. Nina–sophisticated, generous, effortlessly in…

  • Crime fiction,  Nordic Noir

    The Savage Altar by Åsa Larsson

    After quite a disappointed reading experience with Camilla Läckberg’s Erika Flack’s series I somehow thought Åsa Larsson’s books were similar and decided not to try them for a while. Also, some comments I read online about Larsson were not very positive, which did not help. However, Larsson herself published a very interesting article on dead women in crime fiction. It was such a good piece that I knew I had to read her detective fiction series. So, in mid-September I bought the first in the Rebecka Martinsson series and it was the perfect back-to-school reading. From Goodreads: On the floor of a church in northern Sweden, the body of a man…

  • Classics,  Crime fiction

    Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers

    I have spent the last two weeks reading Murder by the Book by Sally Munt, a book published in the 90’s exploring feminist crime fiction. As you can imagine, there are constant references to classics, so I saw myself stopping my study routine to read two wonderful crime fiction classics that had been on my to-be-read list for quite a long time: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie and Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers. From Goodreads: Mystery novelist Harriet Vane knew all about poisons, and when her fiancé died in the manner prescribed in one of her books, a jury of her peers had a hangman’s noose…