Thursday, 14 June 2018

Readabilitea's Essential Reads: Nonfiction

Now that I work in the nonfiction hub of a bookshop, the quantity and type of nonfiction I read has been more on my mind than usual. As well as compiling lists of nonfiction I want to read in the future, I’ve been thinking of staple nonfiction reads that I would happily recommend to anyone and everyone. Whatever your particular interests, I think these are books that you can gain a lot from, and they might even lead you down a new path of thought that would have otherwise been ignored.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Book Review: Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

Title: Our Kind of Cruelty

Author: Araminta Hall

Pages: 368 pages

Publication: 3rd May 2018 by Century

1 line synopsis: Mike and Verity’s game of obsessive love gets out of hand and ends in murder.

*Thank you to Century for providing me with a proof copy in exchange for an honest review*

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Publishing Masters: Semester 2 Reflection

And just like that, my Masters is over (aside from my dissertation which I’m deliberately not mentioning). Can you believe that? Can you believe that I now have to be a fully-functioning adult? Help!

Friday, 6 April 2018

Why I Organise My Bookshelves by Publisher (and why you should give it a go too)

There are many ways to organise your bookshelves: A-Z by author, colour-coded for those #shelfiesunday ‘grams, separated by genre or just plonked on the shelves. At some point in my life, my shelves have been organised in all of these ways, but I’ve never been happy with them. Until now.

After watching a video on Leena Norms’ YouTube channel, I decided to take the rogue option of organising my bookshelves by publisher, and I haven’t looked back since. For me, it is the best way to sort my books and I’m here to tell you why you should give it go a too.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Book Review: Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney

Title: Conversations With Friends

Author: Sally Rooney

Pages: 321

Publication: 25th May 2017 by Faber and Faber

1 line synopsis: Frances, a 21 year old writer, gets entangled with an older married couple along with her best friend/ex-girlfriend

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Book Review: When I Hit You, Or A Portrait of a Writer as a Young Wife

Title: When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as Young Wife

Author: Meena Kandasamy

Pages: 256

Publication: 4th May 2017 by Atlantic Books

1 line synopsis: a brutal look at domestic abuse within a marriage

TW: domestic abuse, rape

Monday, 12 March 2018

Women's Prize for Fiction Longlist 2018: Thoughts, Feelings, Plans of Action

I love the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Every year, I find books I would never have even heard of had it not been for the prize, and I tend to find some of my new favourite reads. Last year was the first year I properly followed the prize from beginning to end, even going to the Bailey’s Book Bar events with my friends at Waterstones TCR. This year, I’m avidly following along once again.

In case you don’t already know, the longlist is as follows:

H(A)PPY by Nicola Barker
The Idiot by Elif Batuman
Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon
Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
Sight by Jessie Greengrass
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Elmet by Fiona Mozley
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward