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Domestic bliss: Sweet Home by Carys Bray

The short story form has always fascinated me. Entire worlds can be crafted over just a few pages; rounded characters, engaging storylines, cliff-hangers and conclusions are all concisely presented with the utmost skill. I love the fact that I can immerse myself within a story and feel fully satisfied even though it was brief, or… Continue reading Domestic bliss: Sweet Home by Carys Bray

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I Am Here: Nagasaki by Éric Faye (transl. by Emile Boyce)

Nagasaki appeared on my radar when a fellow bookworm posted about it on social media, and as soon as I read the blurb I knew I had to get hold of it. It only took me about 3 days to read but has had a lasting impression, still consuming my thoughts and affecting me a… Continue reading I Am Here: Nagasaki by Éric Faye (transl. by Emile Boyce)

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Feminine psychology: The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa (trans. by Stephen Snyder)

I am on a quest to read more Japanese literature in preparation for an upcoming holiday to Japan, but recently, I have been struggling to fit quality reading time into my everyday routine. After researching popular Japanese literature in translation, I came across The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa, and was so intrigued by the… Continue reading Feminine psychology: The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa (trans. by Stephen Snyder)

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Troubled Waters: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

I am one of the many people for whom Paula Hawkins’ phenomenal first novel, The Girl on The Train, was game-changing. I have been a fan of mystery/thriller fiction for a number of years, but I have always carefully selected the novels and authors I choose to read; my particularity stemming from a fussiness about… Continue reading Troubled Waters: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

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Bound by blood: This Family of Things by Alison Jameson (Doubleday Ireland, 2017)

The beauty of a novel is that it appeals to different readers in different ways. Some readers are plot-focussed and want to be gripped and pulled along at speed; others look for a setting that resonates with them, or a particular theme or genre. For me, characters are key – the most powerful and memorable… Continue reading Bound by blood: This Family of Things by Alison Jameson (Doubleday Ireland, 2017)

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Hunting lost souls: The Doll Factory by Kate Hamer

I’ve always been a fan of the Gothic genre, particularly since I was introduced to the classic novels of the style, like Wuthering Heights and Frankenstein. I’m fascinated by the many forms it takes and the countless interpretations that are as unique as the individual authors writing the novels. Although the traditional Gothic has a… Continue reading Hunting lost souls: The Doll Factory by Kate Hamer

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Divine Origins: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

What will you do, God, when I die? When I, your pitcher, broken, lie? When I, your drink, go stale or dry? I am your garb, the trade you ply, you lose your meaning, losing me. – RM Rilke, Poems from the Book of Hours It’s no secret that I’m a massive Neil Gaiman fan –… Continue reading Divine Origins: American Gods by Neil Gaiman