BLOG: January Round-Up

I cannot believe that January is over already! I feel like I’m still only just getting the hang of normal life again – although some people might contest that assessment. I’m looking forward to more sunshine and longer days, although I don’t doubt we’ve got at least two or three more cold snaps to go before then.

Here’re the last month’s posts to keep you busy whilst you’re huddled up against the cold.



The Surface Breaks – Louise O’Neill

A dark, angry and brutal retelling of The Little Mermaid, which doesn’t pull its punches.

The Binding – Bridget Collins

A low key historical fantasy, looking at the way memories shape a person and considering the value of removing them. Perhaps think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but less existential surrealism, and more LGBT romance.

Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan

If you loved the film, you’ll love the book. It’s just as outrageous and lush, but with that bit more bite and satire.

The Last Unicorn: The Lost Journey – Peter S. Beagle

A published edition of the rough first draft, this book is probably great if you’ve read the finished work, and extremely interesting. Less so if you’ve never read the full book.



One Year Anniversary!

This little blog turned 1 in January! Happy Blog Birthday to me!

November and December Round-Up

Two more months of posts for you to enjoy.


8 thoughts on “BLOG: January Round-Up

  1. Ashley Firth says:

    I have never heard of the Surface Breaks before. I think my grown-up daughter will love this book. She loved Little Mermaid as a child and as an adult now cheers for Ursula! Thank you for adding to my 2019 reading list xxx

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    • Claire says:

      She may well enjoy the Surface Breaks then! I always heard that you know you’re an adult when you start agreeing with the parents in Disney movies, and I always think of Ariel going “I’m 16 years old, I’m not a child!” And when I was a kid I was like “yeah, you tell him!” And now I’m like “hell yes you are a child, go to your room” haha!


  2. Bexa says:

    I’ve really enjoyed reading your book reviews this month, Claire! They are always so well written and enjoyable to read. I know exactly where to come if I am looking for some book recommendations. Also, happy one year blog birthday for January, I must have missed that post but congrats on your year of blogging and here’s to many more! Keep up the fab work, girl! ❤ xx

    Bexa |

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  3. Kelly says:

    Aw, happy blog birthday! I hadn’t heard of The Surface Breaks before now and will definitely be checking out your review of that – I adored The Little Mermaid when I was a kid and I’ve really been enjoying retellings lately and so it sounds super interesting!

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