The quick and dirty: New Boy is a retelling of Shakespeare’s Othello. This time the tragedy is transposed to a Washington school in the 70’s where a young black boy from Ghana is starting a new school for the fourth time in six years. He is used to being the new boy, and used to the bullying… Read More Book Review: New Boy – Tracey Chevalier
The only good thing about the flu is the amount of time you get to spend in bed reading, right? Well that’s what I thought too until last week! I was in bed for a week straight and I just couldn’t concentrate enough to read anything! Heck, the intervals between naps weren’t long enough to… Read More Thank the Gods for Bookish TV!
It is Queen’s Birthday Weekend and I’m in the mood for a bit of fun! I decided to create my own little book challenge centred around the British Royal Family. This is a bit of lighthearted fun in appreciation of the Royal Family. It’s always tricky when you’re talking about real people. Please don’t take… Read More Happy Birthday Queenie!
Bad Feminist is a collection of essays on a range of topics that relate in some way to gender, race, sexuality, and politics. The book is written in a conversational style that makes it accessible to a wide audience. It’s an honest portrayal of Roxane, her thoughts, and her flaws. Roxane is flawed, she tells… Read More Book Review: Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay
This month has just flown past and there has been so much going on! Birthdays, trips to Wellington and Paihia, and of course the Auckland Writers’ Festival! I think I’m starting to get the hang of this blogging thing. I’ve just discovered the miracle of scheduling so that I can write something on Saturday when… Read More That’s a wrap! May 2017
Standard zombie fare. Starts out good but gets old fast. Best part is the girl. Non-spoilery summary: The story is mostly (but not entirely) told from the perspective of Melanie. Melanie is a little girl, probably between 9 and 11 years old. Every morning soldiers come to her little cell and point a gun at… Read More Book review: The Girl with all the Gifts – M. R. Carey
The stars aligned last weekend with a triple threat – my birthday, the Auckland Writers’ Festival, and a couple of hundred dollars worth of backpay! The result was a book haul of epic proportions! I almost feel bad for posting this because I used to watch Youtube haul videos and think the people in them… Read More Epic Book Haul!
Who knew that three days of essentially going to listen to people talk about books and writing and poetry could be so much fun? I did! I can’t say that many of my friends and family quite understood my motivations though. “You’re going to do what for your birthday?” In actual fact, the festival was about… Read More Auckland Writers’ Festival Recap
It seems a bit vacuous to want to wax lyrical about my great weekend at a book festival when some prick has just bombed a bunch of children and their parents in Manchester. I want to tell you why I’m going to do it anyway. This was a strike against women and girls, female empowerment,… Read More In which I defy those bastards
I am a couple of glasses of wine down and a bit sleepy after three nights in Wellington with little sleep. No, I haven’t been partying all week. I was studying for a work course that would have resulted in public humiliation if I wasn’t prepared well enough on the last day. Tomorrow is my… Read More #AucklandWritersFestival: Chris & Tom Write a Book