The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair – Joël Dicker

When I initially picked up this book a while back in a charity shop, I was under the impression from the blurb and the testimonials on the cover that it would be a more-or-less straightforward crime thriller. It was only after rediscovering the fabulous HHhH that I decided to start reading it, because I noticed that they were both translated by Sam Taylor (whose future translations I’m definitely going to look out for, because he sure knows how to pick them!). I certainly wasn’t disappointed: The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is indeed a thrilling page-turner that centres around a labyrinthine murder investigation, but what I really loved was the skew of metafiction that gives it an extra layer of complexity and interest. Continue reading “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair – Joël Dicker”

On the book struggles of moving to Spain

I’ve never counted the number of books I own, because I think it would scare me. It’s definitely somewhere in the triple figures, but other than that I don’t even want to guess. Every year I have the struggle of choosing which books to take from my gargantuan bookcases at home and transport to my university accommodation, where they pile up on the floor* and glare at me as they get slowly dusty**. Continue reading “On the book struggles of moving to Spain”

Two mind-bending historical novels

Earlier this month I visited Prague with some friends, and I decided on the perfect book to read while there: HHhH by Laurent Binet, which deals with the Nazi occupation of the Czech Republic and which I had been wanting to re-read for a while. As usual, my reading plans didn’t work out and I didn’t actually manage to start reading it while we were away… but no matter, I’ve read it since coming back! Continue reading “Two mind-bending historical novels”

Four incredible novellas you can read in one sitting

I love reading a book in one sitting; its impact is magnified because you experience it all in one go, without being interrupted by the outside world (well, except for my ever-attention-demanding cat). Usually books are companions for a few days or weeks – you dip in and out of them alongside your everyday life; your brain deals with a thousand things between readings. So having a chunk of free time in which to devour a book in its entirety is an absolute treat. Continue reading “Four incredible novellas you can read in one sitting”

Five books to read if you’re new to graphic novels

If you’ve never ventured into the world of graphic novels before, it can be a little intimidating to know where to begin. Many people mistakenly believe that all graphic novels are full of superheroes but they are in fact as varied as prose fiction in style and subject matter. There are graphic novels out there for everyone! These five are all brilliant reads and, whether you already love graphic novels or you’ve never picked one up, I hope one or more of these will tickle your fancy. Continue reading “Five books to read if you’re new to graphic novels”