REVIEW: Spoiled Brats by Simon Rich

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DSC_0658Short story collections aren’t for everyone. I know that, but if you’ve ever thought about giving them a try, then Simon Rich might just surprise you. It’s hard to know what to expect when his stories swing from harrowing tales of hamster captivity to familiar ‘a guy walks into a bar’ jokes that turn into unexpected romances. Rich takes the short story and runs wild. He pokes fun at everyone and everything, including himself, and it’s hard not to laugh with him, even when he’s laughing at you. Continue reading “REVIEW: Spoiled Brats by Simon Rich”

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WWW Wednesday: 12th July 2017

I don’t know how I’ve actually managed this, but guys I read more than one book this week. Hurray for me! It probably means I’ve been doing more reading than working (like I should have, oops) but I can’t bring myself to be disappointed by that. But I am a complete fool because I was preparing this post for tomorrow and then realised that everyone was already posting theirs. Then it dawned on me. Today is Wednesday. Oops. So I’m going to update this post with lovely pictures tomorrow hopefully!

WWW is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Each Wednesday book enthusiasts share their reads by answering three questions:

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

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READING LISTS: The TBR Pile

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My To Be Read pile has spiralled out of control. Over the past few months its evolved into a tower. You could probably use it to build the foundations of a small house.There’s something infinitely exciting about buying a new book and the eperiences you’ll have reading it. Since starting the blog I’ve definitely become more addicted to that feeling, and even though I try to curb my spending by using the glorious, glorious library sometimes I slip up (a lot). So, my aim for the final two months of the year is to make my way through this pile and make it smaller. If I can get it into single figures I will be immensely happy.

I should probably start with the short story collections first- Multitudes by Lucy Caldwell, We Don’t Know What We’re Doing by Thomas Morris and Spoiled Brats by Simon Rich- because I haven’t read any short stories in a while and they really do help to spur on my own short story collection. But I might have to sneak Jane Eyre in somewhere because I’ve been saving it as a winter read.

Does anyone else have a mountainous TBR pile?

REVIEWS: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, The Help by Kathryn Stockett and The Last Girlfriend on Earth by Simon Rich (Summer Reads Pt. 2)

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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

“A lifetime isn’t enough to know how a person will behave.” 

 The Miniaturist is one of many books that has fallen victim to my ever growing to be read pile. I bought it a year ago after my tutor recommended it along with some of 2015s other most successful novels. I’m not sure why it’s taken me this long to get around to it. I think for me, half the excitement is in getting a new book and then once I’ve got it I’m off to compulsively buy more. I’ve also turned into a library fiend of late. So I buy books and then leave them to fester, which doesn’t seem like the most sensible idea now that I think of it. Anyway, my summer holiday was a chance to shrink down the pile and The Miniaturist was top of the list. Continue reading “REVIEWS: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, The Help by Kathryn Stockett and The Last Girlfriend on Earth by Simon Rich (Summer Reads Pt. 2)”

READING LISTS: Summer Reads

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Summer has been threatening to arrive for a while now. The sun has made a few fleeting appearances in between the rain and the clouds. But August is just around the corner and as I’m soon to be jetting off I thought I’d share the books I’ve chosen to take along with me.

  1. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
  2. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
  3. The Last Girlfriend on Earth and other love stories by Simon Rich
  4. Jacob’s Folly by Rebecca Miller
  5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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