YA to watch for in 2018

Young adult fiction shows no sign of slowing down, but how to navigate the masses of books out there? Well, here are seven YA novels coming out in the first half of 2017 which should be on your reading list. The Fandom by Anna Day Chicken House, January 4 Violet is a member of the…

Best books of 2016

I thought 2016 had a bit of a slow start when it came to books, but some of the books I’ve read this year are among the best I’ve ever read, and I’ll be talking about my 10 favourite for years to come. I made a conscious effort to try and read more books by…

Book review: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a brilliant story told once needs to be retold for a modern audience, and so it is with Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice, which has been retold by Curtis Sittenfeld as part of The Borough Press’ Austen Project. Moving the action to modern day Cincinnatta, we join…

Book review: Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett

How entertaining can a novel about a whaling family in a tiny community in Australia be? The answer, I was pleasantly surprised to learn while reading Shirley Barrett’s debut Rush Oh! is very. Mary Davidson, the oldest daughter in a whaling family in New South Wales, chronicles the difficult whaling season of 1908. Drama, misadventure…

Book review: Not Working by Lisa Owens

Many people spend the majority of their waking time working, so you want a job where you’re happy, and challenged, and where you feel like you’re making a difference. But what if your work just isn’t living up to expectations? (If my boss is reading this, I love my job, we’re not talking about me…

Book review: Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik

Sofia Khan has had it with men. She thought she’d found the one, but it turned out he wanted her to move in with his parents (sort of, next door but with a hole connecting the two houses) after they got married, so now Sofia has given up. Or she thinks she has – when…