Book Reviews

In my opinion, the perfect book needs to make you laugh, cry and you’ll never forget it. Fortunately, I cry very easily so most books fulfil at least one of my requirements. On this page I’ll post my honest reviews of all the books I’m currently reading. From young adult to historical fiction, latest releases to classics, I’ll share my unfiltered opinion in 500 words or less.

Acevedo, Elizabeth – Clap When You Land

Adebayo, Ayobami – Stay With Me

Adeyemi, Tomi – Children of Virtue and Vengeance

Alammar, Layla – The Pact We Made

Alvarez, Julia – How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

Amaka, Rosanna – The Book of Echoes

Arthurs, Alexia – How to Love a Jamaican

Ashour, Radwa – Granada

Atwood, Margaret – The Testaments

Azumah-Nelson, Caleb – Open Water

Babalola, Bolu – Love In Colour

Benary, Margot – Castle on the Border

Bennett, Brit – The Vanishing Half

Bourne, Holly – Am I Normal Yet?

Bourne, Holly – The Places I’ve Cried in Public

Braithwaite, Oyinkan – My Sister, The Serial Killer

Brooks, Geraldine – People of the Book

Burns, Anna – Milkman

Burton, Jessie – The Miniaturist

Castillo, Elaine – America is Not the Heart

Chadwick, Elizabeth – The Summer Queen

Chadwick, Elizabeth – The Winter Crown

Channing-Brown, Austin – I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

Cole, Teju – Every Day is For the Thief

Cruz, Angie – Dominicana

Dalcher, Christina – Vox

Daré, Abi – The Girl with the Louding Voice

Dawson, Juno – Clean

Dawson, Juno – Meat Market

Edim, Glory – Well-Read Black Girl

Ephron, Nora – Heartburn

Ephron, Nora – I Feel Bad About My Neck

Evaristo, Bernadine – Girl, Woman, Other

Evaristo, Bernadine – Hello Mum

Evaristo, Bernadine – Mr Loverman

Gregory, Philippa – Tidelands

Gyasi, Yaa – Homegoing

Gyasi, Yaa – Transcendent Kingdom

Haynes, Natalie – A Thousand Ships

Haynes, Natalie – Pandora’s Jar

Healey, Jane – The Animals at Lockwood Manor

Herbert, Adrienne – Power Hour

Honeyman, Gail – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Hosseini, Khaled – A Thousand Splendid Suns

Jackson, Naomi – The Star Side of Bird Hill

Kent, Hannah – Burial Rites

King, Stephen – On Writing

Lawton, Georgina – Raceless

Lefteri, Christy – The Beekeeper of Aleppo

Loupas, Elizabeth – The Red Lily Crown

Machado, Carmen Maria – Her Body & Other Parties

Mengiste, Maaza – The Shadow King

Millwood-Hargrave, Kiran – The Mercies

Morris, Brittney – The Cost of Knowing

Morris, Stephen – Black Tea

Mustapha, Sahar – The Beauty of Your Face

Okechukwu, Nzelu – The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney

O’Farrell Maggie – Hamnet

O’Porter, Dawn – So Lucky

Owens, Delia – Where The Crawdads Sing

Papillon, Buki – An Ordinary Wonder

Rahman, Khurrum – East of Hounslow

Rahman, Yasmin – All The Things We Never Said

Reid, Kiley – Such a Fun Age

Rhys, Jean – Wide Sargasso Sea

Rooney, Sally – Normal People

Roy, Arundhati – The God of Small Things

Rushdie, Salman – Midnight’s Children

Ryan, Madeleine – A Room Called Earth

Sebald, W.G. – The Rings of Saturn

Selmi, Habib – The Scents of Marie Claire

Shamsie, Kamila – A God in Every Stone

Shamsie, Kamila – Home Fire

Shreeves – Lee, Jac – Broadwater

Shukla, Nikesh – Brown Baby

Slimani, Leïla – Lullaby

Smith, Zadie – Intimations

Söderberg, Hjalmar – Doctor Glas

Straub, Emma – All Adults Here

Taddeo, Lisa – Three Women

Tartt, Donna – The Goldfinch

Thomas, Angie – The Hate You Give

Ward, Jesmyn – Men We Reaped

Washington, Bryan – Lot

Whitehead, Colson – The Nickel Boys

Wilkinson, Lauren – American Spy

Woodson, Jacqueline – Red At The Bone

Yousafzai, Malala – We Are Displaced

Zayyan, Hafsa – We Are All Birds of Uganda

Zoboi, Ibi – American Street

Here’s my rating system:

***** = I hold this book in my heart everywhere I go. I will mention it in every conversation until I die. The characters will haunt me throughout my days.

**** = I will recommend this book to everyone I come into contact with for the next three months. Several of my friends and family will receive it for their birthday presents.

*** = I will forget the details of the plot after a couple of weeks but I will smile when I see it on my bookshelf.

** = I will cry with disappointment at the time wasted trying to finish this book.

* = I stopped reading before my soul was crushed.