Book Review · Fiction

Review: The End of Loneliness by Benedict Wells

This was a beautifully written, moving and poignant novel. It's a story about splitting apart then coming together again, about suffering and hurting and accepting that pain and moving on. It's a novel about love, loss and family. The characters suffered- the novel contains plenty of tragic occurrences, but at their suffering is not outlandish,… Continue reading Review: The End of Loneliness by Benedict Wells

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Giovanni’s Room

David is a young American who has gone to Paris, while he awaits the return of his fiancee. There he meets the love of his life, who turns out to be another man. However, the course of their relationship is not smooth in a homophobic world. And David will make a decision that will determine… Continue reading Giovanni’s Room

Fiction · lgbt+ · Opinion · personal

LGBTQ Fiction: Fitting In and Non-Binary Representation

I love LGBTQ fiction, and I love LGBTQ representation in the media. But despite the increase in LGBTQ representation in the media, for a long time I still felt left out. And it's only recently that I realised why. When I flick through description of gay novels, they appear either to be endless remakes of Dorian… Continue reading LGBTQ Fiction: Fitting In and Non-Binary Representation

Book Review · Fiction

Review: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki

Tsukuru has always felt less than his friends, less deserving of his place in their close-knit friendship circle- unlike his friends, his name is colourless, and he sees this reflected in his lack of personality. However, one day his friends suddenly cut contact with him and never speak to him again. 16 years later, Tsukuru begins… Continue reading Review: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki

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Review: The Art of Being Normal, Lisa Williamson

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51%2B5Ck8mCXL.jpg I have to admit, the book doesn't exactly draw you in at first. But as I got past the first few chapters I really began to enjoy the book. The book if full of happy and sad moments, and it deals with themes of: gender identity, coming out, bullying, poverty, family and friendship. I… Continue reading Review: The Art of Being Normal, Lisa Williamson

Book Review · Non-fiction

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

A simple and enjoyable, yet challenging and thought-provoking novel on growing up in an evangelical Church community and discovering one's true self. Winterson weaves complex ideas and heavy emotions into a simple yet at times fragmentary and experimental novel. Jeanette was adopted as young age, and poised like Christ to save the world through her… Continue reading Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

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Review: I’ll Give You the Sun

NoahandJude are inseparable twins. Jude is a daredevil who surfs and wears dark lipstick and short skirts against her mother's wishes. Noah gets lost in art and is in love with the boy of his dreams. Their relationship becomes tense as they struggle for attention from their mother, the same friends and a place at… Continue reading Review: I’ll Give You the Sun

Book Review · Fiction

Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Ari is angry and self-doubting. Dante is confident and poetic. Ari's household is locked in silence as his older brother remains locked in prison. One fateful day, Dante teaches Aristotle how to swim, and the two boys who have struggled to make friends until this point, create a friendship that will change them. This book… Continue reading Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Book Review · Fiction

Review: A Visit From The Goon Squad

Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is… Continue reading Review: A Visit From The Goon Squad