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  • Book Review – ‘The German Girl’

    8th February 2017

    Title: The German Girl Author: Armando Lucas Correa (translated by Nick Caistor) Genre: Fiction (historical) Release date: 1st December, 2016 Rating: ★★★★  “Before everything changed, Hannah Rosenthal lived a charmed life. But now the streets of Berlin are draped in swastikas and Hannah is no longer welcome in the places she once considered home. A glimmer of hope appears in the shape of the St Louis, a transatlantic liner that promises Jews safe passage to Cuba. The Rosenthals sell everything to fund visas and tickets. At first the liner feels like luxury, but as they travel the circumstances of war change, and it soon becomes their prison. Seven decades later in New York, on her twelfth birthday Anna Rosen receives a package from Hannah, the great-aunt she never met but who raised her deceased father. Anna and her mother immediately travel to Cuba to meet this elderly relative, and for the first time Hannah tells

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  • My Top 10 New Releases of 2016

    30th November 2016

    I’m getting in early with my Top 10 New Releases for this year for three reasons. I don’t think I’ll read any more new releases this year, and I suspect that any I do won’t be up to the standards of my top ten. I’ve started studying again and blogging takes up a lot of time (if you let it), so I’ve written this in the past (i.e. last week) before my class starts so I can prioritise reading loads of potentially less exciting stuff. This is probably going to be my last post for a while which means there will soon be tumbleweeds rolling through this little corner of the internet. I’m helping you guys out! Maybe there’ll be a book on here you can ask someone to sneak under the Christmas tree for you (or you can sneak it under there yourself), or maybe there’s the perfect book

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  • Top Ten Tuesday: The last 10 books added to my Goodreads TBR

    7th November 2016

    This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is to post about “Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately”. I decided to focus on the ten that I’ve most recently added to my ever growing to be read shelf on Goodreads. Surprisingly they’re a bunch of books that I will more than likely read, rather than some that I’ve just clicked “Want to Read” for the heck of it. 10. The Damned Volume I: Three Days Dead by Cullen Bunn. [Goodreads] WHY I ADDED IT: because NetGalley likes to tempt me every now and then with an email FILLED with new graphic novels and comics and they got me this time. Also, it’s written by Cullen Bunn who is the writer for another comic I read, Harrow County, which is super creepy and amazing. Also ALSO, the main character in The Damned has no soul;

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  • Six Degrees of Separation // ‘Never Let Me Go’

    4th November 2016

    Six Degrees of Separation is hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best. It goes like this: “On the first Saturday of every month, a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. Readers and bloggers are invited to join in by creating their own ‘chain’ leading from the selected book.” Then you head on over to Kate’s blog and link up. Easy. Unsurprisingly (if you happen to have seen my last two Six Degrees posts), I haven’t read this month’s starter book, Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. Neither have I read the book I’m linking it to, this one another of Ishiguro’s – The Buried Giant. I do own a copy of that book though, so it’s a start. The link to the next book is fairly obvious – it too has the word “giant” in the

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  • Book Review – ‘Wayward Heroes’

    3rd November 2016

    Title: Wayward Heroes Author: Halldór Laxness (translated by Phillip Roughton) Genre: Fiction (literary) Release date: 1st November, 2016 Rating: ★★★★ “This reworking of Iceland’s ancient tales, set against a backdrop of the medieval Norse world, complete with Viking raids, battles enshrined in skaldic lays, saints’ cults, clashes between secular and spiritual authorities, journeys to faraway lands and abodes of trolls, legitimate claimants and pretenders to thrones, was written during the post-WWII buildup to the Cold War, and Laxness uses it as a vehicle for a critique of global militarism and belligerent national posturing that was as rampant then as now. This he does purposefully, though indirectly, by satirizing the spirit of the old sagas, represented especially in the novel’s main characters, the sworn brothers Þormóður Bessason and Þorgeir Hávarsson, warriors who blindly pursue ideals that lead to the imposition of power through violent means. The two see the world around them only through a veil of heroic illusion covering their eyes: kings

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