An American Marriage | Tayari Jones | a review

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, Karina ReadsRoy and Celestial are newlyweds, a year into marriage with the world at their feet until tragedy strikes. Roy is wrongfully sentenced to 12 years in prison and life as they know it shatters. An American Marriage is a powerfully addictive and moving character-driven novel that follows three people as they love, learn and grow and doesn’t shy away from exploring the difficulties lovers encounter when life unfolds vastly different to their expectations. Roy and Celestial’s story is heartbreaking in many ways but I think, ultimately, hopeful.

‘how you feel love and understand love are two different things’

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Slump Busting TBR | bookends #021

slump busting tbr, Karina ReadsI am currently experiencing the affliction dreaded by bookworms everywhere: a slump.

I know I am not alone and many of us are finding that the current climate is negatively affecting our reading habits. My motivation to pick up any of the books I bought pre-lockdown has all but disappeared. I can’t concentrate from one book to the next and keep putting down books I was really excited about two months ago. But my desire to read is still strong so instead of feeling frustrated about, let’s face it, a very privileged problem, I have devised a cunning plan. Kind of. I’ve picked Continue reading “Slump Busting TBR | bookends #021”

The Children of Jocasta | Natalie Haynes | a review

The Children of Jocasta by Natalie HaynesIn The Children of Jocasta, Natalie Haynes expertly brings to life the overlooked females in two well known Ancient Greek tragedies: Oedipus and Antigone.

We follow Jocasta (Oedipus) and Ismene (Antigone) in alternating chapters as  Haynes weaves a wonderfully immersive and emotive story stripped of magic and focusses on Continue reading “The Children of Jocasta | Natalie Haynes | a review”

Bookends | #007

Guns of the Dawn by Adrian Tchaikovskyhey, hey, hey it’s Friday again and the blue skies are back! It always amazes me how much happier I feel on bright sunny days. Although we all know rainy days are the best reading days 🙂

I have 6 books to talk to you about this week, a historical romance, the first three books in a paranormal/urban fantasy series, a stand alone fantasy audiobook and the first in a different fantasy series. Busy busy busy!

I started with Continue reading “Bookends | #007”

Favourites | Audiobooks

Today I thought I’d share with you my favourite audiobooks. I never thought I’d get along with them but I’m pleased to say that with the right audiobook, it’s easily as addictive as physical reading. I have regularly found myself sitting in the car for an extra ten minutes to finish a chapter or even exercising that little bit longer so I can carry on listening. I know, crazy!

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