The Book Club

Links to my book review posts will be placed here, hopefully making it easier to find them all whilst keeping them on the main page. If you see something you like just click the link in the title and if you have any suggestions feel free to comment on one of the posts- happy reading!

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The Romance Of A Shop – Amy Levy

A relatively short novel that explores how four sisters break with tradition in order to have their own photography business.

Play It As It Lays – Joan Didion

An excellent book that gets under your skin with Didion’s brutal honesty as she explores personal chaos and chaos within Hollywood society.

The Collector – John Fowles

A brilliantly disturbing novel that explores that madness of a kidnapper. Fowles’ writing is truly amazing, creating sympathy for the captor, and explores important themes of money, morality and the middle class.

The Road – Cormac McCarthy

A well writen novel that explores the bleak and violent world of disaster survivors.

Dreamland – Sarah Dessen

A young adult novel that explores what happens when a relationship goes wrong. Dessen explores themes that few young adult writers would dare to touch and does so in an amazingly intelligent, sensitive way.

Bent – Martin Sherman

An incredibly emotional play that explores the position of gay men in Germany during the rise of the Nazis.

Wolf Brother – Michelle Paver

A fabulous children’s book that explores an ancient world where people are deeply connected to nature. A great read featuring adventurous boys and girls that will get children fascinated with a world without wifi.

The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton

Wharton expertly explores New York society at the start of the 20th Century, and how this society is focused on self preservation, even at the expense of one of their own.

Let’s Get Lost – Sarra Manning

A relatable novel that explores how Isabel creates a ‘bitch’ persona to keep real self hidden, and how she is able to express her real self when she meets Atticus. Manning shows the fractured relationship between Isabel and her father, demonstrating how teenagers and their parents struggle to understand each other, even when they need each other most.

Neon Angel – Cherie Currie and Tony O’Neill

A heart-breaking autobiography which details the poor treatment of Cherie and her bandmates whilst in The Runaways. Currie offers great insight into the music industry and the struggles a teenager faces within their personal life.

Even if you aren’t a fan of the band, this novel is incredibly eye opening and worth a read!

The Tales of Beedle the Bard – J.K. Rowling

A brilliant addition to the Harry Potter universe, and a great collection of stories in their own right!

The Year Of Living Famously- Laura Caldwell

An interesting novel about a young couple thrust into the spotlight. Caldwell explores the exciting, glamourous and terrifying world of celebrity.

A Great And Terrible Beauty – Libba Bray

The first in a truly wonderful trilogy. The trilogy follows Gemma Doyle, 16, who leaves her home in India during the 1890s for school in England after the death of her mother. As well as trying to fit into English society, Gemma must manage visions and protect another realm.

The Nose – Nikolai Gogol

A short story that takes a satirical view of St Petersburg and it’s inhabitants during the 1800s.

The Cement Garden – Ian McEwan

A fabulously dark novel that handles some troubling topics as it explores what happens within an adultless family. Just what happens in a lawless child society?

Set in Stone – Linda Newbury

Family secrets are slowly discovered when a new tutor arrives for the Farrow sisters. The magnificent Fourwinds that this family live in is hiding something dark.

Eileen – Ottessa Moshfegh

A brilliantly written novel that focuses on Eileen, an intensely  interesting young woman filled with self-loathing which began in her loveless childhood. The twists and turns of this novel are truly shocking.

Sunday’s at Tiffany’s – James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

A lovely romantic novel that questions what happens when your childhood imaginary friend comes to life to save you from a troubled relationship and a controlling mother.

To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf

An interesting story with an even better writing style. Woolf brilliantly creates character, place and time.

Quidditch Through The Ages – Kennilworthy Whisp

A great way to immerse yourself into the Harry Potter universe once more! With an introduction by Dumbledore and ‘praise’ quotes from Rita Skeeter and Bathilda Bagshot it’s a great addition.

Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

A must read for anyone and everyone as a reminder of the realities and consequences of war.