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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print…

We lived in the gaps between the stories.

This one’s being added to the favourites list.


Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I was looking for an easy, entertaining read, and this was just that. Moriarty’s writing reminds me a bit of Gillian Flynn or at least the type of storytelling does – female protagonists with a dark past. I enjoyed it and look forward to the miniseries coming next month.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A black man nearby had hoisted his son onto his shoulders, and the son was laughing, his mouth full of milky teeth, one missing from the upper row. The father was looking up, and Ifemelu knew that he was stunned by his own faith, stunned to find himself believing in things he did not think he ever would. When the crowd exploded in applause, clapping and whistling, the man could not clap, because he was holding his son’s legs, and so he just smiled and smiled, his face suddenly young with joyfulness. Ifemelu watched him, and the other people around them, all glowing with strange phosphorescence, all treading a single line of unbroken emotion. They believed. They truly believed. 

Do you ever want to physically hug a book when you finish it? I absolutely adored this from beginning to end. It made me change the way I look at the world.



A strange family indeed; such unlikely sisters.

Hadley, Fife, Martha and Mary. Four women with one man in common: Mr. Hemingway. Wood brings the characters to life in this “faction” of the famous author and his numerous wives. You’ll fall for each wife, as Ernest did, and cry with them when he breaks their heart. It’s an enticing read. Perfect summer reading.


To hell with my soul; he is my soul! I love him, why can’t you see that? I need him and he needs me. We are the same guy.

My God, she thinks, he’s done it, he has broken my heart.


Asking For It.

They are all innocent until proven guilty. But not me. I am a liar until proven honest.

I’ve started writing this paragraph more than once and what keeps coming to mind is how  quick we can be to judge others without even knowing the facts of the situation.  We may have seen a photo or a video, or listened to some gossip and think we know exactly what happened. This book addresses many issues, including rape culture, sexism, victim-blaming… and it does so extremely effectively. This book will make you angry. Yes, it’s dark and graphic at times but only because it needs to be. It has to be to address these issues correctly and to give us no choice but to talk about them, as we should.

I know I will.

The Girl on the Train

“That’s what I’ve taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps”.

The Girl on the Train is gripping.. fast-paced.. mysterious.. and I loved the concept. The imagination can be a powerful thing. Like others have said, it’s quite similar to Gillian Flynn with our protagonist the struggling and flawed female, and Rachel is definitely that, but (spoiler!) her husband didn’t really help now did he? All the females are a little dark in this one but they’re also quite strong. When they need to be. I liked that. I also really enjoyed that the story was told from so many different points of views. It changed it up a bit, and influenced your opinions on the characters. Bottom line? The book is definitely worth a read. But be warned – once you start, you can’t stop.