#2020RoundUp: Best Books

Thursday, 31 December 2020

I may be halfway through essay season right now, but did you really think I was going to leave you without my best books of 2020??? HA. Although I will admittedly be keeping this rather short, I hope you appreciate my witty, verbose (aka my tutor's way of calling me a condensing twat) eloquence and that it hopefully retains some of the charisma of previous years... Although, with the year (and my brain) being as it is, I can't imagine that is very likely.

REVIEW: This Green and Pleasant Land, Ayisha Malik #BLOGTOUR

Saturday, 17 October 2020


Accountant Bilal Hasham and his journalist wife, Mariam, plod along contentedly in the sleepy, chocolate box village they've lived in for eight years. Then Bilal is summoned to his dying mother's bedside in Birmingham. Sakeena Hasham is not long for this world but refuses to leave it until she ensures that her son remembers who he is: a Muslim, however much he tries to ignore it. She has a final request. Instead of whispering her prayers in her dying moments, she instructs Bilal to go home to his village, Babbels End, and build a mosque. 

Mariam is horrified. The villagers are outraged. How can a grieving Bilal choose between honouring his beloved mum's last wish and preserving everything held dear in the village he calls home? But it turns out home means different things to different people. Battle lines are drawn and this traditional little community becomes the colourful canvas on which the most current and fundamental questions of identity, friendship, family and togetherness are played out. What makes us who we are, who do we want to be, and how far would we go to fight for it?

REVIEW: All Your Little Lies, Marianne Holmes #BLOGTOUR

Friday, 16 October 2020

Annie lives a quiet, contained, content life. She goes to work. She meets her friend. She’s nearly in a relationship. She’s happy. Not lonely at all. If only more people could see how friendly she is — how eager to help and please. Then she could tick “Full Happy Life” off her list. But no one sees that side of Annie and she can’t understand why. That all changes the night Chloe Hills disappears. And Annie is the last person to see her. This is her chance to prove to everybody that she’s worth something. That is, until she becomes a suspect.