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    Everything I never told you book review

      Category: Suspense and Thriller (Literary Fiction) Jhuuuu (hands on my head) that’s all I can say after putting down this beautiful yet tragic family portrait that is “Everything I never told you”. I went in expecting one thing but ended up getting another, I expected to just be another reader but I ended up being a Hannah. For the first time in a long time I was emotionally invested in the characters even went through a mourning period after the last sentence. This debut novel by Celeste Ng (pronounced Ing) is set in 1970s America in small town-Ohio (where diversity is still frowned upon). It centers on the sudden…

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    The Sky is everywhere….

    “Grief is a house where no one can protect you, where the younger sister will grow older than the older one. Where the doors no longer let you in or out” I picked up this book when I was rummaging through a friends book collection, the title caught my eye and I had never heard of the author, I thought why not give it a try. The story follows Lennie, her gran and uncle Big who are drowning in grief caused by the sudden loss of Bailey, who died from arrhythmia, whilst on stage rehearsing from Romeo and Juliet. Grief is a universal pain and I find no matter how…

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    They don’t love you like that

    Stop living your life trying to impress people, they don’t love you like that. One of the many awesome things about having a blog that has a book review section is that I now read more, not only that I am constantly looking for new writers. Preferably ones who write differently to what I am accustomed to. Introducing Sivu Matyila and his book -They don’t love you like that.   About the Book … It is a compilation of random true stories not for the faint hearted- these are the authors own words. Trust me the small print doesn’t lie, he starts off by admitting his own shortcomings without provocation…

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    The thing around your neck

    “Riots do not happen in a Vacuum, religion and ethnicity are often politicized because the ruler is safe if the hungry ruled are killing one another”-A private experience Our busy schedules do not leave out enough time for novels, thank goodness for short stories. They provide the necessary escape into an inviting world, a world that evokes all your emotions, and just before reality comes knocking the story is done. Leaving you to go back to adulting until you have more time for a short read. This is exactly how I felt about Chimamanda Ngozi Adiches’ the thing around your neck. It is a compilation of 12 short stories, all…

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    We’re going to need more wine

    Firstly can I just say if I were to be famous enough that a memoir about my life would be commissioned this is the name I would choose. So thanks Gabrielle I now need a new name. The title is not a suggestion it is an instruction we are going to need more wine and lots of it with a side order of popcorn. From the beginning right until the very end it feels like I am with my best friend listening to her regale me all about her life over a great meal and the waiter keeps on coming over only to refill our glasses. Which is great as…