Review: Bring up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell #2) by Hilary Mantel

Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2)

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Historical Fiction

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I don’t suppose this review will be a surprise if you read the Wolf Hall one. I absolutely loved this book. It follows the downfall of Anne Boleyn, and as Wolf Hall, through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell, who is under the favor of Henry VIII. The Boleyn family will not allow Anne to be replaced so easily and will use any power and influence they have to prevent it. At the same time, a shy, quiet girl catches the eye of the King: Jane Seymour. Continue reading

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Review: The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Classic Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Alternate History

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“Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”

The Handmaid’s Tale is a speculative fiction about what would happen to the world and human rights if religious extremists took over. It’s told through the eyes of Offred, a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. Her sole purpose is to breed – she is sent to the house of a Commander to generate a child by him. Women are no longer allowed to read, to hold jobs, to own things. But Offred remembers life before that, her family, her job, her financial independence, her easy access to knowledge. Continue reading

Review: The Last Tudor, by Philippa Gregory

The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommended: Yes

Genres: Historical Fiction

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I wanted very much to read this book, so when I saw this gorgeous edition, it was impossible not to get it immediately.

The Last Tudor is not the story of Queen Elizabeth I, but of three of her cousins: Jane, Katherine and Mary Grey. Jane Grey is to inherit the throne when her cousin King Edward VI dies and famously becomes the Nine Days Queen, a martyr for the protestant faith. Katherine was a carefree beauty that sparked jealousy in Elizabeth and her fury when Katherine secretly marries for love. Mary was a little person, no taller than four feet, who possessed extraordinary ability to survive the unpredictable wrath and jealousy of Elizabeth. Continue reading

Review: The Martian, by Andy Weir

The Martian Andy Weir

Rating: ★★★★★

Recommended: Yes!

Genres: Science Fiction

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Confession: I have not watched the movie, so my review is solely based on the book.

Mark Watney is one of six astronauts in the Ares 3 mission in Mars. When the planet is hit by a storm and a flying antenna stabs Mark, the life signals his suit sends to his crew is clear: he’s dead. But Mark isn’t – yet. And now his crew and ship are gone.

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Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ+

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This was another book that I would not have read without the book blogging community, although I cannot remember anymore whose review exactly convinced me to read it. I expected this to be a more light-hearted, fun read, but it was far more powerful and emotional than that, and I was quite pleased by the surprise! Continue reading

Mini-Review: How to Stop Time, by Matt Haig

How to Stop Time Matt Haig

Rating: ★★★★★

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Science Fiction

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“I should also say, in case it needs saying: I don’t know for sure that the words I write were the words that were actually spoken. They probably weren’t. But this is how I remember these things, and all we can ever be is faithful to our memories of reality, rather than the reality itself, which is something closely related, but never precisely the same thing.” Continue reading

Review: Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommend: Yes!

Genres: Contemporary, Literary Fiction

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I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Little Fires Everywhere was one of the books coming out in 2017 that I was most looking forward to! And did Celeste Ng deliver. She certainly did.

Noriko at Diary of a Bookfiend and I started reading this book basically at the same time, and we chatted about it and let me tell you – her thoughts on it are spot on, she writes beautifully and you should definitely read her review! Continue reading

Review: The Essex Serpent, by Sarah Perry

The Essex Serpent Sarah Perry

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Recommended: Yes

Genres: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

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Confession: I bought this book because the cover is one of the most gorgeous ones I’ve seen. Anyone else does that?

“You told me once you forget you are a woman, and I understand it now – you think to be a woman is to be weak – you think ours is a sisterhood of suffering! Perhaps so, but doesn’t it take greater strength to walk a mile in pain than seven miles in none? You are a woman, and must begin to live like one. By which I mean: have courage.” Continue reading

Review: My (Not So) Perfect Life, by Sophie Kinsella

My Not So Perfect Life Sophie Kinsella

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Contemporary, Romance

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Sophie Kinsella’s books for me are a hit or miss – I liked The Undomestic Goddess and Can You Keep a Secret?, but was not really much of a fan of Twenties Girl and Remember Me?, so when My (Not So) Perfect Life came out, I was not too convinced to buy it, although the synopsis sounded very interesting. But I actually ended up enjoying this one! Continue reading