books · Poetry · YA

How I conquered my fear of poetry

Poetry was something I was a little afraid of when I was younger. I don’t think this emotion is particularly uncommon, especially in people who haven’t studied English Literature at University, or are from working class communities. What was that alignment about? What were the rules about rhyming? Is it only old white dead people… Continue reading How I conquered my fear of poetry

1 Minute Reviews · books · Fiction · YA

The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman | 1 Minute Reviews

I was incredibly lucky earlier this year to meet Rowan Coleman as I chaired a panel she was on, along with Julie Cohen and Lisa Jewell, discussing their newest releases. It did dissolve quite quickly into me fangirling in their general direction, but I think it was at least relatively coherent. For Rowan, we were… Continue reading The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · books · Fiction

The Red Thread by Dawn Farnham | Blog Tour

I’m always on the lookout for novels centred around other countries and cultures, especially historical novels that investigate the groundwork of the country or feature fictionalised versions of real life people. My partner is half Singaporean. His mother came to the UK from Singapore in the 1960s to become a nurse, fell in love with… Continue reading The Red Thread by Dawn Farnham | Blog Tour

1 Minute Reviews · books · Memoir · Non Fiction

Trans by Juliet Jacques | 1 Minute Reviews

If you’re looking for a great primer on what life is like as a trans woman, you can’t do wrong by choosing Trans by Juliet Jacques. However, as you’ll see, the book is more than its title’s subject matter. Trans is the culmination of Jacques’ series written for the Guardian, about her transition from living… Continue reading Trans by Juliet Jacques | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · books · Crime · Fiction · Thrillers

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell | 1 Minute Reviews

Help, I’ve still not recovered from reading this dark little book. Ellie Mack disappears one day after going to the library, never to be found. Ten years later, her mother Laurel is struggling to find closure on Ellie’s disappearance, even though the police chalk it up to her being a runaway. A chance meeting with… Continue reading Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · books · YA

Girl Out of Water by Nat Luurtsema | 1 Minute Reviews

I have this idea that certain books demand to be read in particular places, seasons, towns. I had this notion that I’d be able to read Girl Out of Water at the side of the pool somewhere. Instead I had to settle for the bath. Girl Out of Water is Nat Luurtsema’s debut YA novel,… Continue reading Girl Out of Water by Nat Luurtsema | 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