I'm currently in the process of moving house where I'm finally going to get my very own office space! So in the run up I've been binging on Pinterest ideas... could this be the most perfect study ever created? NB: The conveniently placed booze for late night writing / editing sessions... winner. . . .
It may only be January but I'm calling it… This is my book of the year! Wow, just wow <3 I always worry about writing reviews on books like this, in case I give too much away, but this one on BookPage by Amy Scribner sums it up perfectly. A truly fantastic debut. LB x . . .
Some wise words from A L Kennedy... "The joy of writing for a living is that you get to do it all the time. The misery is that you have to, whether you're in the mood or not. I wouldn't be the first writer to point out that doing something so deeply personal does become less jolly when you have to keep on at it, day after cash-generating day. To use a not ridiculous analogy: Sex = nice thing. Sex For Cash = probably less fun, perhaps morally uncomfy and psychologically unwise. Sitting alone in a room for hours while essentially talking in your head about people you made up earlier and then writing it down for no one you know does have many aspects which are not inherently fulfilling. Then . . .
Oh em eff gee... Where do I begin with this one? There are no words for how brilliant this book is, so there is part of me that doesn't even want to try and start! My book club and I read the hilariously funny and twisted You by Caroline Kepnes for our meeting in September and I think it is one of my favorite reads to date. I totally fell in love with the anti-hero Joe Goldberg and all of his obsessive, perverted ways. He's just so damn likeable, which is bizarre considering he's a serial killer and a stalker. There are a lot of nods to Bret Easton Ellis throughout the book, and in particular I found echos of Patrick Bateman running throughout Joe's character, especially when it comes . . .
2016 has been the year for hen parties for my friends and I... I'm just so glad that none of them have ended up like the one in Ruth Ware's In A Dark Dark Wood! I absolutely love psychological thrillers so when I started reading this fantastic debut I couldn't put it down. It has all the elements of a classic... A creepy setting, a ton of suspense, and some genuinely beautiful writing. The tension that builds right from the first page is addictive, and kept me up until the middle of the night because I had to finish it in one sitting. I won't give anything away, but toxic friends and ghosts from the past are hiding in an isolated house in Northumberland, and they are ready to ruin the hen . . .