All posts tagged: The Natural Way of Things

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 book covers I like to look at.

It’s been f o r e v e r  since I did a Top Ten Tuesday post. This is mainly due to me being busy, but also I can never think of appropriate books for each category. But this week’s an easy one – it’s a freebie! Since moving house recently, I’ve set up (and filled) two big bookshelves, dragging out of boxes some books that I haven’t unpacked from a move I did about seven years ago. It was great to see all these books again, look at their covers, and remember how great or mediocre they were. So that was my inspiration for this post – 10 book covers I like to look at. Here they are in no particular order: The Secret Pilgrim by John le Carré. I’ll get my fangirling out of the way early in this post. The Secret Pilgrim is the last of a series of books featuring perhaps my favourite literary character, George Smiley. I don’t think the cover is really anything special in terms of being eye-catching and …

The round up // April 2016

April was a pretty good month for me, both in terms of reading and real lifing – the blogging, however, not so much and that’s mostly because I’ve been good with the real lifing stuff (perhaps I’m finally figuring out how to prioritise) (haha, I doubt that very much). Lets start with the books. I read eight pretty great books this month, and also experienced a first for me: This book was titled Antarctica on a Plate and I had pretty high hopes for it, but I made the decision to “read” the audiobook version of it and it was t e r r i b l e. I’m not sure whether this was because of the book itself and that it was just generally bad, or whether it was because of the narrator who couldn’t even pronounce words properly. I abandoned it and don’t feel guilty about it at all, however I do regret wasting my monthly Audible credit on it. Some reading highlights from April: Mr Splitfoot  by Samantha Hunt. I’m not even …

Top Ten Tuesday: My last 10 five-star reads

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is to post about our last 10 five-star reads (or something similar along those lines). I’ve been less free with my five-starring this year, so some of these date all the way back to the end of last year. I read three ‘Harry Potter’ books during this time, but I decided not to count those and just went with new to me books rather than rereads. Here they are, counting down from ten to one, starting with the most recently read. 10. Watchmen by  Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. What didn’t I like about this? The art was fantastic, the writing was fantastic, and really that’s all you need in a graphic novel. There’s a reason this has been as popular for as long as it has and if you’ve been thinking about reading it for a while, stop thinking and start doing. If you want to watch the film you should do that too, but just as it gets towards the big reveal of …

Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10 New Releases of 2015

The New Year is looming just on the horizon, signalling a close to a fantastic year of reading for me. As of this post, I’ve read 93 books this year – completely smashing my Goodreads Challenge goal of 52. As I’m taking part in The 12 Books of Christmas reading challenge, hosted by Shaina over at Shaina Reads, by the end of December I hope to have read 100 books. But before I say hello to a new year of books and reading in 2016, I’d like to say goodbye to the reading of 2015 and reflect on my favourite new releases from this year (to December 14). So I’ve carefully curated a list of My Top 10 New Releases of 2015. It’s quite mixed – there’s some hard-hitting literary fiction, a couple of fun reads, a book of poetry, and a revamped favourite. Here they are, counting down from 10 to 1 – who knows, maybe you’ll get some ideas for some last minute Christmas requests! 10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling, …

Book Review – ‘The Natural Way of Things’

Title: The Natural Way of Things Author: Charlotte Wood Genre: Literary Fiction Release Date: October 1st 2015 Rating: ★★★★★ “Two women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in a broken-down property in the middle of nowhere. Strangers to each other, they have no idea where they are or how they came to be there with eight other girls, forced to wear strange uniforms, their heads shaved, guarded by two inept yet vicious armed jailers and a ‘nurse’. The girls all have something in common, but what is it? What crime has brought them here from the city? Who is the mysterious security company responsible for this desolate place with its brutal rules, its total isolation from the contemporary world? Doing hard labour under a sweltering sun, the prisoners soon learn what links them: in each girl’s past is a sexual scandal with a powerful man. They pray for rescue — but when the food starts running out it becomes clear that the jailers have also become the jailed. The girls can only rescue themselves.” (Allen and Unwin) …

Teaser Tuesday – ‘The Natural Way of Things’

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share two sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers! When I first started hearing about The Natural Way of Things, I remember thinking to myself, ‘I have to read this’. That was about six months ago and my need to read it had not diminished by the time the publication date rolled around. I entered about a million competitions to win a copy, but won none of them, and in an effort to curb my spending I decided to reserve a copy at my library for when it came in. I thought I’d be waiting a while for one to become available, but I got one nearly straight away. I picked it up yesterday and started reading straight away. Three things have happened to me so far. One: I do not want to put this book down, and if …