Blue Eyeshadow by Paul WS Bowler – FREE until September 4th

Blue Eyeshadow
Cover design by Robyn Morton (@robyntmorton)

I don’t usually write about books unless I’m reviewing them, but Blue Eyeshadow by Paul WS Bowler is different. It was written and self-published by my husband. I was involved in the proofreading and copy editing process, so if you find any residual typos do please let me know.

As a result, I can’t review it objectively but it is a novel I think worth reading and it’s currently free on Kindle so I’m telling you about it.

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Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

 

“MINDS ARE UNIQUE. They go wrong in unique ways. My mind went wrong in a slightly different way to how other minds go wrong. Our experience overlaps with other people’s, but it is never exactly the same experience.”

I first came across Matt Haig on Twitter via some articles he wrote about living with depression, I then read The Humans and loved it and was looking forward to reading Reasons to Stay Alive.

Reasons to Stay Alive is part memoir, part self-help book with some analysis of depression, suicide statistics and the science behind medication thrown in. This genre hopping sometimes works, at other times it doesn’t.  Continue reading Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew

Advance Reader Copy (ARC), via Netgalley, included.

The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew

What would life be like in Britain if the Germans had won the Second World War?

Set in a contemporary Nazi England, The Big Lie* gives an insight into life under German rule from the point of view of Jessika Keller, a teenage girl.

Jessika is a good girl, just like any other, in a country where doing what you are told is the key to survival. She doesn’t question things because she sees no reason to. When Clementine arrives things begin to change.

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“Why did people ask “What is it about?” as if a novel had to be about only one thing.”

That is the perfect quote for talking about Americanah. This is not a book about only one thing. It is a book about race, love (both for yourself and romantic love), interracial relationships, leaving home to make a life for yourself in a new country, acceptance and hair.

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

“They agreed about everything important and argued about everything else.”

Set in 1986, Eleanor & Park is the story of two teenagers named Eleanor and Park. They meet on the school bus, when Park somewhat grudgingly asks Eleanor to sit beside him on her first day, and soon develop a relationship that runs deeper than either of them had expected.

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The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

Advance Reader Copy (ARC) via Netgalley included.

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

Simon Watson is a young librarian, who lives alone in his family home on the Long Island Sound. The house is slowly crumbling into the sea and Simon is on the verge of losing his job due to budget cuts.

His parents are dead; his mother drowned in the water overlooked by his house and his father essentially gave up on life due to grief. Simon raised his sister, Enola, until she took off to join a travelling carnival.

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Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume

Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume

A story about one man and his dog doesn’t sound original, yet Spill Simmer Falter Wither is an extraordinary novel.

Our protagonist and his dog, One Eye, take off on a road trip after One Eye bites another dog. From a socially awkward man who likes to stick to his routine this is clearly a decision made in a panic.

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