Literary Fiction

Literary Fiction

Blog Tour – The Carnival of Ash by Tom Beckerlegge

Welcome to my stop on The Carnival of Ash blog tour! Huge thanks to TheWriteReads and Rebellion Publishing for giving me the opportunity to take part in this! I was provided a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.  Publisher: Solaris / Rebellion PublishingPublication Date: 17/03/2022Length: 528 pagesGenre: Literary Fiction | Historical… Continue reading →

A Strange and Brilliant Light by Eli Lee

I was really excited to get started on this novel, as the subject of artificial intelligence (AI) is something I’m very interested in, especially when it comes to the philosophical debates surrounding it. Lee tackles the ethics of the subject brilliantly, however as a whole the novel didn’t quite grab me. … Continue reading →

Blog Tour – Grown Ups by Marie Aubert

I really love books that just provide a brief snapshot into the lives of ordinary people, so when I heard about this book of 40 year-old Ida struggling to come to terms that life as a ‘grown up’ isn’t what she imagined it immediately connected with me and I jumped at the chance to be part of this tour. … Continue reading →

Common Ground by Naomi Ishiguro

The entire novel centres around the lives of Stan and Charlie who I completely adored and felt fiercely protective of. Common Ground opens up with 13-year-old Stan who is cycling around after school. Straight away Ishiguro demonstrates her excellent ability of revealing aspects about the characters without explicitly telling the reader. Something that occurs throughout the novel but is particularly effective in the opening chapters.… Continue reading →

Blog Tour – Song by Michelle Jana Chan

From the very first chapter I adored Song. My heart was breaking for him and his family; I was desperate to read on to see if things would work out for him. We see Song grow up and go through many harrowing experiences; witnessing this and Song’s bravery and determination endears you to him even more which I didn’t think was possible. However, don’t get me wrong, there were many moments where I questioned Song’s decisions or was surprised by his actions. But that just made me love him more – it was clear how all of his experiences had impacted him and it was nice to see them acknowledged and not forgotten.… Continue reading →

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

As soon as I heard that Kazuo Ishiguro was releasing a new book I immediately pre-ordered it. Never Let Me Go is one of my favourite books, so when I saw that Klara and the Sun would once again be exploring scientific themes as well as humanity I was even more excited to read it. After waiting months and months for the book to be released, last week I finally had one of my most anticipated reads of the year in my hands and I devoured it in a matter of hours.… Continue reading →

Little Gods by Meng Jin

Jin wonderfully crafts a whole host of deep and complex characters, and does so through brief snapshots from the characters perspectives and through the opinions of other characters. Little Gods masterfully demonstrates the art of showing and not telling. I loved being able to piece aspects of the characters’ histories together and figuring out how the characters’ lives intertwine. Additionally, by telling the story in this way, we get a much deeper and comprehensive understanding of some of the characters, Su Lan in particular.… Continue reading →

Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford

The narrative of this novel alternates between perspectives of these five characters. We see a snapshot of all of their lives at particular times of their lives, rather than following each of them continuously throughout the 65 years that this novel spans. I really enjoyed this way of telling the story, because even though you have decade wide gaps between the parts, it was very easy to follow what had happened in the missing years. Of course, there were a couple of instances where I couldn’t quite remember what had happened to particular characters in their previous chapter. However, this was mainly down to the fact I was more drawn to certain characters lives at times rather than others. Although, this also changed throughout the novel for me.… Continue reading →

Gratitude by Delphine de Vigan

Gratitude centres on the lives of three characters, with the narrative alternating between them. We have Marie, a young woman who has had a troubled childhood, Jérôme an optimistic speech therapist who dedicates himself to helping older people reclaim lost language and finally Michka, a woman who has spent her entire life working with words but they have suddenly started to disappear. Although this is a novella, you very quickly build a relationship and become endeared to each character in a way that feels as though you have known them for a lot longer.… Continue reading →

little scratch by Rebecca Watson

Despite this novel being written in the first person, we actually don’t know too much about the protagonist. Of course details are revealed to us as the novel progresses but even then they are still a mystery to the reader. However, this isn’t something I realised until after I finished the book because being inside their head you feel like you knew the protagonist intimately and that totally hooked me. … Continue reading →

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

Whilst I didn’t fall in love with any of the characters, in fact I didn’t know whether to trust any of them, they all felt incredibly real and genuine which is what made them so captivating to me. This felt like a very honest and raw depiction of a typical American family and it’s because of this that the novel, for me, was really impactful and heightened the tension in the novel.… Continue reading →

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Simply put, I adored every single character in this novel. Zachary was a fantastic protagonist and incredibly likeable. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that his passion was for video games and books. I can’t remember the last time I related so much to a protagonist! I especially loved his geeky references to games scattered through the novel (“It’s dangerous to go alone” earned several snorts from me in particular). … Continue reading →

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

I saw that this novel was ‘book of the month’ in October on quite a lot of bookshop websites so I knew that I couldn’t go far wrong with this pick! Especially with such an intriguing description. The novel is short and I pretty much devoured it in one sitting, I put it down once and found that I couldn’t stop thinking about it and had to pick it back up!… Continue reading →

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

When I first saw this novel I was immediately drawn to the beautiful cover, and then the mysterious premise of the novel compelled me to buy it. I don’t know what I was expecting from this novel, but it certainly wasn’t what I got and it has easily become one of my favourite reads of the year. … Continue reading →

The Cat and the City by Nick Bradley

It’s no secret that I love Japan and read a lot of Japanese novels to learn more about the culture. I also love cats. Naturally, when I saw the title and the cover of this book it was as if it had been written personally for me. After reading it, I still think that as I just loved every page and every character. … Continue reading →