Bookseller Reviews – Kim

Bookseller Reviews – Kim

Hello! We have been working on our Christmas pages as the time draws nearer I’ve started my Christmas shopping. Most importantly I’ve been reading a lot and below are two reviews of the books I have just finished. I’m off to Dorset this week so I’m hoping to get in a lot of reading, sight seeing and possibly a little knitting.

I hope you enjoy my reviews below – I’m happy to say they are shining reviews 😀

WINNER OF THE 2020 WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION – THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
‘Richly sensuous… something special’ The Sunday Times
‘A thing of shimmering wonder’ David Mitchell

On a summer’s day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. Why is nobody at home? Hamnet is very protective of her sister, O’Farrells portrayal of the young boy doing his best to help his sister is sweet and somber.

Hamnet is not just a story of the son of Shakespeare who was tragically taken by the plague, it is a story of the whole Shakespeare family. A son at odds with his father, a woman who becomes pregnant out of wedlock, and a family tied together.

Maggie O’Farrells portrayal of this story is brilliant. You are swept back in time and get to a sense of Statford-upon-Avon and the people of the time – a ships cabin boy who unwittingly brings the plague to the Shakespeare family, the neighbors who judge Agnus (Anne Hathaway’s real name) for her medical knowledge and spirit, and Shakespeare’s melancholy and strained relationship with his family. You get invested in the family unit very quickly and get to see some of the day to day running’s of the household.

I have nothing bad to say about this book it deserves its awards and as a Shakespeare geek I fell head over hills in love with it. The writing is lyrical and goes to places that I could not have guessed and it transports you into the world beautifully. I can say nothing else other than I really think if you have been considering reading it to do so!

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
BLACKWELL’S NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
WINNER OF THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS NON-FICTION NARRATIVE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018
FOYLES NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
WINNER OF THE JHALAK PRIZE
LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION
LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE
SHORTLISTED FOR A BOOKS ARE MY BAG READERS AWARD

‘Every voice raised against racism chips away at its power. We can’t afford to stay silent. This book is an attempt to speak’

The book that sparked a national conversation. Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain today.

Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race started with a blog post that went viral and gave her a platform to address everybody about the day to day struggles faced by black people that many are blind to. It also looks at race and other marginalized people’s relationship with one another -such as feminists – and how often the two are not in sync.

Eddo-Lodge does a fantastic job of informing the reader about ingrained racism and how we can all combat it and take time to stand in the gap. It has history, personal accounts, and information for those wishing to become an informed advocate in Black Lives Matter. If you wish to become more informed and begin your journey to be a better advocate this is a fantastic start.

What I’m Currently Reading

Some of My Favourite Authors/Books

  • Fantasy – Brandon Sanderson, Joe Aberchrombie, Patrick Rothfuss, J. R. R. Tolkien, Katherine Arden, Brent Weeks, Naomi Novik, Marie Brennan, and V. E. Scwab.
  • Fiction – Anything with witches, Taylor Jenkins-Reid, Ali Smith, Bernadine Evaristo, Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell and ‘Beyond the Sea’ Vaeronique Olmi.
  • Young Adult – Bridgit Kemmerer, Joseph Delaney, Holly Black, ‘The Art of Being Normal’ Lisa Williamson, Sarah J Maas, S. Jae-Jones, Neal Schusterman, and Shelby Mahurin.
  • Classics – Frankenstein, Dracula, Jane Eyre, Precious Bane, 1984, Crime and Punishment, Master and the Margarita, Handmaid’s Tale, Oryk and Crake, Jude the Obscure, Stoner, ‘Petey’ Ben Mikaelson, 12 Years a Slave, The History of Mary Prince, The Woman in White and The Moonstone.
  • Non Fiction – Matt Haig, ‘I Fatty’ by Jenny Stahl, David Wiles, ‘The Five’ Hallie Rubenhold and Knitting books.
  • Plays- Shakespeare,
  • Graphic Novels/Manga – Saga, Maus, Alex and Ada, Fade Out, White Sand, Full Metal Alchemist, The Crow, and The Killing Joke.
  • I love a Beauty and the Beast retelling

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