Bookish Features

10 books with fruit on the cover

Inspired by the recent Top Ten Tuesday prompt of ‘Books with —- on the cover’, I decided to try this one out…

5 dystopian fiction reads for AAPI heritage month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. I’m going to be doing a mini-series on books I’ve loved by AAPI authors in different genres – last time it was lit fic, today it’s dystopian fiction… Do you have anything you’d add to this […]

5 literary fiction reads for AAPI heritage month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. I’m going to be doing a mini-series on books I’ve loved by AAPI authors in different genres, and coming up first are my favourite lit fic reads – to be enjoyed any time of the year! […]

Reacting to one-star reviews of books I love

Reacting to One-Star Reviews of Books I Love

I can’t remember where I first saw it (if you’re the creator, let me know!) but I love the idea of this book tag. Disclaimer that everyone is entitled to their own bookish thoughts and feelings and just because they’re wrong about these books, doesn’t […]

5 books that exceeded my expectations (& 5 that didn’t…)

5 books that exceeded my expectations (& 5 that didn’t…)

My reading fortune comes in waves. Sometimes I feel that everything I pick up that I’d been really looking forward to turns out to be a flop. But then – there are those gems that totally take you by surprise, and end up becoming firm […]

books on my winter tbr

10 books on my winter 2021 TBR

Here’s another overly-optimistic list to see me through the dark winter months. ‘A darkly funny, soul-rending novel of love in an epoch of collapse–one woman’s furious revisiting of family, marriage, work, sex, and motherhood.’ ‘A brilliant debut novel that brings to life an abandoned hospital […]

Six Degrees of Separation: Shirley Jackson to Lisa Taddeo

The starting book for this month is The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. I’d never heard of this short, frightening story – which caused an absolute uproar when published the 1940s in the New Yorker. So of course I had to see what all the fuss was about – and it’s a terrifying little tale which much to say about mob mentality, tradition and conformity in insular communities. You can read the whole story at this link – it won’t take you very long – and is perfectly timed for Halloween…

Top 10 Tuesday | Books on my autumn 2021 TBR

I think by now I’ve come to accept that I don’t have the dedication to read all the books I optimistically put on a TBR. Shiny new books pop up on my radar and distract me; life gets in the way. But as I’ve mentioned […]

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Top 10 Tuesday | Books with numbers in the title

Welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday! I love these creative themes and they always get me remembering books I’ve not thought about in forever. This one is pretty self-explanatory, so here we go… A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini Since I recently read […]

9 Titles That Made Want to Buy the Book

This is another Top Ten Tuesday, but since I am at the mercy of these WordPress layouts I’m resigned to just go with 9. Have you read any of these? What books have you bought on the basis of their title alone? Books I’ve read […]

Books on my summer TBR

Top 10 Tuesday | Books on my Summer 2021 TBR

Summer TBR? It feels like I just wrote my Spring TBR (and let’s not talk about the fact that I only finished 4 of the 10 and DNF’d 2…) but I can’t resist a list, so here goes… I can’t even pick what I’m most […]

Book Tag | Goodreads Was Wrong

This has been floating around the book blogosphere for a few years, but I believe the tag originated with Gabs About Books on YouTube. I have a love-hate relationship with Goodreads, and have used it inconsistently over the past 11 years (!!) and I’m intrigued […]

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Top Ten Tuesday | My Ten Most Recent Reads

This week’s TTT topic is ten most recent reads, with a one-line review for each. I think writing a one-line review will be more of a challenge for me than writing the usual ~500 word reviews, but here we go!

Pairings of fiction and non-fiction books

So, I initially wanted to participate in this as part of non-fiction November, but life happened – five months later, here I am! I really enjoyed reading other readers’ pairings last year, and I love the concept. Meng Jing, ‘Little Gods’ and Mei Fong, ‘One […]

Top Ten Tuesday - Mardi Gras

Top Ten Tuesday | Yellow/Green/Purple covers in honour of Mardi Gras

Finally, a tangible pay-off for colour-coding my bookshelves! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a showcase of yellow/green/purple book covers in celebration of Mardi Gras, a festival I knew nothing about before moving to the US (we call it Shrove Tuesday in the UK, and […]

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Covers That Could Do Better | Book Tag

I first saw this tag over on Ally Writes Things (originally created by CJ Reads) and it just felt like such frivolous fun that I’m giving it a go. I love browsing the library shelves and bookshops (pre-covid) and judging books by their covers, and […]

Six Degrees of Separation | Judy Blume to Diana Evans

Six Degrees of Separation is hosted by Kate. Each month, everyone starts with the same book and we see where our links take us. Our starting book for this month’s Six Degrees is Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret by Judy Blume. This book is celebrating its […]

Henry James and Sylvia Plath

Six Degrees of Separation: from Henry James to Sylvia Plath

Six Degrees of Separation is hosted by Kate. Each month, everyone starts with the same book and we see where our links take us. The starting point for this month’s Six Degrees is The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, a gothic horror published at the […]

Curtis Sittenfeld and Bernadine Evaristo

Six Degrees of Separation: Curtis Sittenfeld to Bernadine Evaristo

Six Degrees of Separation is hosted by Kate. Each month, everyone starts with the same book and we see where our connections take us. This is my first time participating in this #booktag, so here we go! Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld is our starting book. It’s on […]

Book Tag | The Mid-Year Book Freakout

The fact that it is the middle of 2020 is mind-boggling. On one hand, I am mentally stuck in March, but on the other, it feels like this new reality has been with us for much longer than four months. About the only positive thing […]

Top Ten Tuesday | Best Opening Lines

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It’s been a looong time since I took part in this tag, but what better time to start again […]

Book Tag | Would You Rather

Thank you to Hannah at Books & Bakes for tagging me in this! I enjoyed reading her responses and she’s come up with some very thought-provoking questions that were fun to ponder. Hannah’s questions & my answers are below… Would you rather read an amazing […]

Top 5 Wednesday | Books I Want to Read Before the End of the Year

‘Top 5 Wednesday’ is a weekly meme currently hosted on Goodreads, and while I haven’t participated in ages, I thought this would be a good opportunity to reflect on my TBR for the rest of 2018. Into The Water by Paula Hawkins  The Girl on the […]

Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Could Re-read Forever

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly featured hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I am the kind of person who, if I find something I love, will want to read it/watch it/eat it again and again. This might explain why I have devoured the whole first […]

Top Ten Tuesday | Bookish Resolutions

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly featured hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week I’m looking ahead to 2018 and my book-related goals (I’m a big one for making resolutions, and even if I don’t manage to stick to them I find the reflective […]

Top Ten Tuesday | Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and the theme this week is one I very much enjoyed thinking about – settings in books that I would love to visit. There’s not quite ten here, but close enough! […]

Top 5 Wednesday | Books You’re Thankful For

Since having recently moved to the US, this is my first experience of Thanksgiving!  This is also only my second participation in Top 5 Wednesday, a weekly feature hosted by ThoughtsOnTomes. You can join the group on Goodreads to find out the topics for each week. Here goes… 1. […]

Top 5 Wednesday | Non-horror Books that Scared You

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by ThoughtsOnTomes. You can join the group on Goodreads to find out the topics for each week. This is my first time participating, and what with Halloween almost upon us, I couldn’t resist…

Top 10 Tuesday | Top Ten Unique Book Titles

I’ll be the first to admit that an interesting title, even more so than an interesting cover, is what catches my eye. I have bought a great deal of books on the basis of the title alone – and so far it has almost always […]