‘Astragal’ by Albertine Sarrazin

I wanted to read Astragal as soon as I saw the blurb- it sounded like my perfect book, particularly as for a while I've been a bit obsessed with all things '60s. Once I found out a bit about Albertine Sarrazin's life, I was even more eager to start it. My edition included an introduction by Patti… Continue reading ‘Astragal’ by Albertine Sarrazin

‘Bad Behaviour’ by Mary Gaitskill

Apologies for my long absence- I've been deep in exam season. It's almost over, though, so I should be back to regularly posting soon! In general I avoid reading short stories at all costs- the result of having to study an anthology of them for GCSEs and loathing it- but Bad Behaviour may have changed… Continue reading ‘Bad Behaviour’ by Mary Gaitskill

‘The Vegetarian’ by Han Kang

Where to start with this book? I'm not sure how I can write a review that will do it justice. The Vegetarian is set in South Korea, and it follows the story of Yeong-hye, a dutiful housewife who adopts a vegetarian diet after she starts to have violent dreams. This decision shocks everyone around her, as in Korea… Continue reading ‘The Vegetarian’ by Han Kang

‘Wind, Pinball’ by Haruki Murakami

Wind, Pinball contains Haruki Murakami's first two novels (Hear The Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973) collected into one volume. They follow an unnamed narrator and his friend, nicknamed the Rat, as they while away time in J's Bar, playing pinball and drinking. These short novels are part of the Trilogy of The Rat- the third one is A Wild Sheep… Continue reading ‘Wind, Pinball’ by Haruki Murakami

‘The Nakano Thrift Shop’ by Hiromi Kawakami

So you may (or may not, I won't be offended) have noticed the lack of a blog post last week. The reason for this is that I was busy trying and failing to read this book, which was an experience similar to wading through treacle, if treacle was boring and tasteless. The Nakano Thrift Shop isn't the… Continue reading ‘The Nakano Thrift Shop’ by Hiromi Kawakami

‘The Magician King’ by Lev Grossman

The Magician King  is the second book in the Magicians series, but don't let that put you off. It has none of the usual drawbacks one would expect from the middle book of a trilogy (dull, too full of plot, etc). Instead it is a joy to read, with a perfectly balanced blend of storyline,… Continue reading ‘The Magician King’ by Lev Grossman

‘The Basic Eight’ by Daniel Handler

I don't usually read books that I think will have too much second-hand anxiety in them- by that I mean the uneasy feeling you get when everything starts to go horribly wrong for the protagonist- but I made an exception for this, as I wanted to sample Handler's work beyond the Series of Unfortunate Events books… Continue reading ‘The Basic Eight’ by Daniel Handler

Rediscovering Childhood Favourites

Although half the fun of reading comes from not knowing what will happen next, there's something so comforting about a familiar story, particularly if it's one you associate with a time when your problems were smaller. Over the past few years I have shamelessly reread the Chocolate Box Girls series multiple times (my copies are all signed, of course,… Continue reading Rediscovering Childhood Favourites