1 Minute Reviews · Fiction · Memoir

What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons | 1 Minute Reviews

When I started reading What We Lose, I thought it was a memoir. 50 pages in I happened to turn over the proof and noticed the words “a novel”, alongside realising that the author’s name was Zinzi, not Thandi. I had become so enraptured in the writing, I hadn’t for a second thought it wasn’t… Continue reading What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · books · Fiction

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers | 1 Minute Reviews

[Note: The review and blurb for this book does somewhat spoil the original, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, which you should go read first! Go on go! If you’ve already read it, you can stay here]. Becky Chambers is back!! Hurrah! When this copy arrived on my doorstep, I was so happy… Continue reading A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · books · YA

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray | 1 Minute Reviews

Defy the Stars grabbed me from the first moment. In three weeks, Noemi Vidal will die – here, in this very place. Today is just practice. I’ve been meaning to read more sci-fi YA as its an area I seem to unintentionally neglect, despite being raised on a diet of Star Trek. I love a… Continue reading Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Autism · books · Memoir · Non Fiction

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham | 1 Minute Reviews

I wrote the bones of this review back in 2016 when I was sent a pre-publication copy by the lovely people at Ebury Press. This was, importantly, also before I received my diagnosis of autism. Chris Packham’s memoir Fingers in the Sparkle Jar is a brutal, beautiful book that subverts the memoir genre through inclusion… Continue reading Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Autism · YA

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde | 1 Minute Reviews

Interested in reading more books featuring autistic characters or queer characters, check out my lists Queer & Here and The Essential Autie List. I heard about Queens of Geek thanks to Jim of Ya Yeah Yeah – an autistic girl in a romance novel set at a convention?! I mean, it just screams I gotta read… Continue reading Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · YA

Lorali by Laura Dockrill | 1 Minute Reviews

A few days ago I came up with the bright idea of moving all my books out of the garage, where they sat in cardboard boxes within an incredibly loose sorting system, into the garden shed. The shed has stood empty for some years after the death of my father in law’s rabbit, and he’d… Continue reading Lorali by Laura Dockrill | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · books · Fiction

Paulina & Fran by Rachel B Glaser | 1 Minute Reviews

I need to call Rachel B. Glaser right now and ask her so many things about this joyous book. Paulina is flighty, brilliant, cruel; Fran is lovely, curled, gentle. When Paulina decides to befriend Fran on a trip to Norway with their art school, so begins a friendship fill with honesty, romantic love and brutality.… Continue reading Paulina & Fran by Rachel B Glaser | 1 Minute Reviews