When To Write A Book Review (And When Not…)

I started reviewing books on this website back in October 2013. I have written fourteen reviews to date, encompassing twenty-eight books, and a full archive of them may be found at this link.

In the beginning, my intention was to post a review of every single book I read as I went along. However, I have encountered a stumbling block to this plan for I find myself unwilling to offer up a review of my most recent reading material. This is because it was just that bad. 😦

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‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ by George R.R. Martin

Ah, yes, I definitely had a love-hate relationship with this particular series of books… (Don’t worry, no spoilers!)A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

A Song of Ice and Fire, or, as it is more well-known on account of the TV show, Game of Thrones, is a sprawling, epic, frustrating and impressive body of work. There are five books in the series so far and it has taken me Continue reading

‘Wolf Hall’ by Hilary Mantel

My next book review is of Wolf Hall, a historical fiction novel by Hilary Mantel, winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize. It is a fictionalised biography of Thomas Cromwell, a lower class man who rose to become one of the most powerful players in the court of King Henry VIII.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Cromwell’s rise to power took place as Henry VIII tried to annul his marriage to Katherine of Aragon in order to marry the beguiling Anne Boleyn. This led to Continue reading

‘Unkept’ by Ericka Clay

I am still trying to make a decision regarding my identity crisis (you can read my last post here), but in the meantime I offer up another book review.

Unkept is a brand new novel by author Ericka Clay. Upon the release of her book, Clay put out a call for reviewers so I volunteered for the job and, to my delight, she accepted.

Unkept - Ericka Clay

Unkept is written in the genre of women’s fiction and centres around two main characters, Vienna Oaks and Heather Hammel. Vienna is the manager of her father’s funeral home and Heather’s mother has just died, which Continue reading

‘Self-Printed’ by Catherine Ryan Howard

In keeping with the theme this month of posts relating to self-publishing (you can read my account of the recent Self-Publishing Day at the Irish Writers’ Centre here), I am now going to review a book on this subject, namely Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing by Catherine Ryan Howard.

'Self-Printed: The Sane Person's Guide to Self-Publishing' by Catherine Ryan Howard

I first encountered Catherine and her book at the afore-mentioned Self-Publishing Day and it could not have been more fortuitous timing. It led me to Continue reading

‘Slouching Towards Kalamazoo’ by Peter De Vries

Well, this was a tough read…

Slouching Towards Kalamazoo is set in 1963 and is about 15-year-old Anthony Thrasher, an underachieving student of sophisticated intelligence, who manages to get his schoolteacher pregnant and then falls in love with the child’s babysitter. An entertaining premise, right? Hilarity must ensue, right?

I wish.

It took me three months to get through this book, and I spent most of that time Continue reading

‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn

A new book review – and what a book this is. I don’t usually read thrillers but I had heard very good things about this one so I decided to give it a go. As it turns out, the rumours proved to be based entirely on truth.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

My copy of Gone Girl, complete with the annoying sticker I couldn’t get off…

Gone Girl relates the gripping tale of husband and wife Nick Dunne and Amy Elliott Dunne who, to put it mildly, do not have the perfect marriage. It begins on the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary when Amy disappears from their home in Missouri. Signs of a struggle in the house lead the police to assume Continue reading

‘One Day’ by David Nicholls

The third book that I finished recently was One Day by David Nicholls, a book that I liked to keep in my handbag and read at lunchtimes and other odd moments – my constant companion, just like its two lead characters.One Day by David Nicholls

This novel tells the story of Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew, whose friendship begins on the night of their graduation, 15th July 1988, and each chapter is a window into their lives on the same day every year following that. The nature of this format means that Continue reading

‘11.22.63’ by Stephen King

Next on my book review list is 11.22.63 by Stephen King, a giant novel too heavy to take anywhere so it lived on my nightstand and was reserved for bedtime reading only.

11.22.63 by Stephen King

This is only the third book I’ve ever read by King – the first was On Writing, a memoir of his experiences as a writer, and the second was The Long Walk, written under his pseudonym, Richard Bachman. I enjoyed both of these and was looking forward to 11.22.63 as it had come highly recommended. But I’m sorry to say that Continue reading