All posts filed under: Book Reviews

Confession Of A Bookworm: May

At the start of this year I set myself the challenge of reading fifty books before 2016 was done and gone. You see, I’m very good at starting books, but finishing them within a set period of time is a trick I seem to have lost over time. I’m too easily distracted by shiny new covers in bookshops or fresh releases popping up on Amazon. The Goodreads Challenge seemed like a great way to push myself into focusing on my reading more and these WWW Wednesdays meant that I could share that progress with you all. What Am I Reading? I’m terrible at starting numerous books at once, so the other day I pulled out all of the books containing bookmarks and stacked them together on my bookshelf. I decided that until I had finished them all I would not pick up a new book, no matter how tempting. I can’t say very much about any of them at the moment since I’m only a few chapters into most of them. I’ve got into the …

Confessions Of A Bookworm

So the last time I wrote one of these posts was at the end of September which was three months ago. Not great for someone planning to try and write one of these a month but oh well. What Am I Currently Reading: A couple of these books have been carried over from September I’ll admit. ‘Between Silk and Cyanide’ and ‘Go Set A Watchman’ just haven’t been grabbing my attention in the last few months and as such they’ve sat lonely on the bookshelves with their bookmarks gathering dust. I will get back to them, I just don’t know when. Hopefully soon. ‘Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell’ by Susan Clarke is something of a mammoth read. I borrowed a copy from someone at work to read but I’ve decided to buy my own as it’s taking me forever to get through it and I feel bad hanging into their book for so long. I’m making my way through slowly but I doubt I’ll be finished with it any time soon. ‘A Dance of Chaos’ …

Book Review – Before The Words Run Out

Originally posted on Strange Writer:
Before The Words Run Out by Carol J. Forrester Poetry is unattainable abstract art for me; something that I personally struggle to create. There are poems I read and can identify with immediately, there are those I struggle to comprehend and then others that make me ponder for an extended period of time. The latter are the best. They’re the ones that keep on giving. Carol’s collection in Before The Words Run Out is a generous one. The pages are full of her words and weighty ideology. It took me quite some time to get through this book because there were some poems that required me to sit back and think. I have favourites of course – within a collection there are almost always favourites. I liked the poignant ‘Smile’ where the message is clear and the imagery stark and vivid. I loved ‘Persephone’ – a beautiful retelling of a tale I have always enjoyed. It’s harder to please those with high expectations of a much loved story and I think…

‘Femme’ – A Book Review

A science fantasy with a touch of romance. A utopian world with a touch of slavery. Kaley Blackburn is sent to Femme in her final year of Future Tech studies. The world is a socialist utopia of low crime, great health and advancements in technology that leave other worlds envious. It is a fantastic place to visit if you’re a woman. Men, on the other hand, are the slaves that tend to all feminine desires. Kaley knew about the world’s culture of slavery but never had to face it until she is assigned a slave, Mecca, for the duration of her stay. Mecca is handsome, intelligent and obedient, but every answer he gives to Kaley’s questions only feed her growing concerns. Does Femme hide an ugly truth beneath its beautiful surface and can she trust her feelings for a man whose sole duty is to make her feel special? I will admit that ‘Femme’ would not normally be the sort of book that I’d pick up when wandering around a bookshop or perusing Amazon. However, …