Category: Book Riot 2019

Kugali Anthology – Review, 4*

Kugali Anthology Vol. 1 by Jasonas Lamy, Hafeez Oluwa, Aiman Mimiko, Juni Ba, Keenan Kornegay, Ziki Nelson, Gbenle Maverick (Illustrator), Carlos Montenegro (Illustrator) , Cristina Alvarez (Illustrator) I enjoyed the art work but I’ll be honest, I can’t say for sure I was following the stories. I’m not sure...

Love, Lies, & Hocus Pocus: Beginnings – Review, 2*

Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus by Lydia Sherrer I can’t say I overly enjoyed this book. It’s not a bad book, it’s just not for me. I didn’t like the protagonist and I didn’t like the plot set up. Which are the two main components of books, so, yeah....

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Review, 3*

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez So… it wasn’t bad. I just wasn’t properly prepared. If there’d been a preface that said “it’s a slice of many lives novel in a style reminiscent of Homer or Virgil” then I would have been prepared. But in my...

We Crossed A Bridge And It Trembled – Review, 5*

We Crossed A Bridge And It Trembled by Wendy Pearlman This book was beautiful. Haunting, devastating, uplifting, awful, and beautiful. Wendy Pearlman has done a magnificent job transcribing the thoughts and feelings of the people of Syria. I remember the Arab Spring… in that I remember the fall out...

The Hate U Give – Review, 5*

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas This review will not do the book justice. I absolutely loved this, I teared up in the staff room and on buses. The characters are wonderfully written, their speech, actions, and personality made them fully realised in my head in a way...

The Kiss Quotient – Review, 5*

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang As a non-autistic person I thought this book described an autistic person with delicacy, honesty, humour, and self-love. Although I haven’t read a lot of books with autistic main characters it’s too easy for them to be used as a crutch, or the...

The Travelling Cat Chronicles – Review, 5*

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa As a cat lover I’ve always been convinced that felines have more brains than they’re given credit for, but this narrative from Nana is something quite beyond even that. And yet, definitely, still a cat. Through Nana’s eyes we learn a little...

That Could Be Enough – Review, 4*

That Could Be Enough by Alyssa Cole This was a short and sweet little novella about Black women, loving women. I liked both the main characters, I thought in the short time I had with them they were quite fully realised and their coming together made sense and was...

Lumberjanes – Review, 5*

Lumberjanes Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Faith Hicks, Brooke A. Allen (Illustrator), Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Brooke Allen (Illustrator), Carolyn Nowak (Illustrator) I read the first part of Lumberjanes a few weeks ago and then put it down to make dinner or something and didn’t get around...

My Brother’s Husband – Review 5*

My Brother’s Husband by Gengorah Tagame I thoroughly enjoyed this manga. In it we watch as Yaichi struggles with his own homophobia, directed without intent by his daughter who is just fully accepting of the possibility of having two uncles who are married. Interestingly, although he has difficulties with...