When I was perusing the longlist for this year’s booker prize, His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet immediately jumped out at me. Like a sixth sense, I knew that I was going to enjoy this book. The title intrigued me as did the cover. I felt like I need to know more, because this book had to be about more than a murder in a crofting community in Scotland if it was award worth…right? Read more
Once, coming back from a university conference in Dublin, my friends and I got chatting to one of the other attendees about what he was writing his PhD on. He answered Picaresque novels and we all nodded sagely and said it sounded like a very interesting topic. Read more
Happy New Year!
First of all I can’t believe it’s already 2014! The new year sort of snuck up on me a bit as 2013 was a bit of a slow starter for me and I felt like it only really got going in the last couple of months. Even so, now I’m looking back at it I feel like I did so much more than I thought. This time last year I had just graduated and was looking for something new to do, I moved back home after four years in Belfast and was surprised by how much I missed, and still miss, the city. Then I moved house, which was probably the biggest change in 2013, we still haven’t finished unpacking but I finally found my stash of favourite books so am eagerly looking forward to re-reading them…look out for reviews soon! And finally, 2013 was the year I began The Female Scriblerian so as a “Happy Anniversary” of sorts and a Great Big Thank You to everyone who’s been reading this past year I thought it would be fun to do a run down of the top 10 most popular reviews of 2013. I love reading these on other blogs and after looking through my stats I was pleasantly surprised with the variety of books that turned up in the top 10! Anyway, enough rambling and on to the books! Read more