The longlist for the 2018 Man Booker prize was announced yesterday, and I'm so happy to say that three Irish authors are on it. Donal Ryan's From a Low and Quiet Sea, Sally Rooney's Normal People, and Anna Burns' Milkman have all been chosen as candidates for the prestigious award.
Top Ten Tuesday is a list challenge run by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's post is my top 10 books of 2018, so far. I’ve only read 13 books so far this year, so picking out 10 wasn’t easy. I haven’t enjoyed them all enough to say that they should be in a ‘best of’ list. So I’ve chosen seven of my favourite. So here we go, in the order I read them.
Alright, I have to be honest before I start this review: I didn't finish this book. That's only happened twice before: Moby Dick and Love in the Time of Cholera, both of which bored me to tears (unpopular opinions, I know, but here we are). So all of the following opinions are based on only reading half of The Lost Girl. Read on if you want, I hope I don't bore you as much as this book did me.
It's been a while since I've done a Top Ten Tuesday post, I missed them. So here we go. Top Ten Tuesday is a list challenge run by That Artsy Reader Girl. This weeks list is books that have red, white and blue covers, in honour of the 4th July tomorrow. Or we can choose books with the colours of our own flag (green, white and orange in my Irish case).
Star Rating: ★★★✰✰ A murder-mystery where the main character (and suspect) is a murder-mystery writer, you say? Count me in! Mystery writer Charlee Russo is having a fairly normal day, or so she thinks. A phone call to say her agent is dead rocks her world in more ways than she could have imagined.
Star rating: ★★★★✰ Zoje Stage’s debut novel Baby Teeth is a disturbingly entertaining look at being a mother to a problem child. Suzette wants to be a loving mother to her daughter Hanna. She wants nothing more than to have a happy and functional family. But Hanna has other ideas.
Star rating: ★★★✰✰ Maud Drennan is a carer who has been sent to take care of Cathal Flood, a hoarder who has chased away all of his previous carers, sometimes with a hockey stick. Cathal is mean, angry, and desperate to keep his secrets just that, secret.
Star Rating: ★✰✰✰✰ Three people living in the same building but barely knowing of each other’s existence. Karen is a doctor and researcher, doing a study on the rising rates of autism. Tam has just lost his job as a policeman and now spends his days between takeaway containers and whiskey bottles. Nick is trying to live independently with his Asperger’s but has to deal with visits from his grandfather disrupting his routine.
Okay, so I know this is a 'books and writing' blog, but I do actually have other hobbies, believe it or not, and watching films is one of them. So I thought why not combine two of my loves and come up with a list of films that will resonate with the writers among us.
Star rating: ★★★★✰ Starting in 1901, Rebel Sisters tells the story of three Gifford Sisters, Muriel, Grace and Nellie. Born into a privileged Anglo-Irish family, we follow them as they fight back against their mother’s expectations and become involved in the growing independence movement in Ireland.