“The Tenth Muse” by Catherine Chung

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Thanks to Little Brown and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. 

This book made me feel interested in and enthused about Maths which is really saying a lot. I know a lot of people say they hate Maths but I don’t, I just really, really struggle to understand it. A friend of mine who is now a Professor of Mathematics once told me to think of it like a language. Little did he know that I am crap at languages too.

Anyway, this book is something rather special. I was worried that it was going to be one of those awfully clever books that makes me feel thick, but I was pleasantly surprised (and relieved!). 

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“Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell

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Thanks to Headline and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. 

My husband and I have this thing where if we come across something amazing, be it a movie, song, book or even a person, we call it a “Crocodile Rock”. A Crocodile Rock (named after the Elton John song obvs) is something or someone truly amazing. God tier if you will. The Count of Monte Cristo is a Crocodile Rock. Keanu Reeves is a Crocodile Rock. Mozart’s Dies Irae is a Crocodile Rock. Botticelli’s Birth of Venus is a Crocodile Rock. 

You get the concept. 

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Things My Mother Told Me by Tanya Atapattu

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I know I haven’t updated in forever. In my defence, I am doing two Masters qualifications concurrently and I have a two year old child. My job is also insanely busy. I’ve still been reading a ton but my blogging has slipped unfortunately. Apologies all.

Thanks to Little Brown Book Group UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

My expectations were already pretty high for this book because contemporary South Asian diaspora stories are my jam, but if anything, this book managed to exceed them. I tend to read multiple books at once, but when I was reading this I basically did not leave my bed until I finished it.

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“Three Women” by Lisa Taddeo

Thanks to Bloomsbury and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

So the media hype is most definitely real with this one. Quite simply, this is a book about the lives, loves and desires of three women. Maggie, a young woman who has become a local pariah, despite being a victim of a predatory teacher. Lina, a victim of abuse trapped in a loveless marriage, who still pines over a lost love, and Sloane, an enigmatic woman from a background of privilege who has a complicated relationship with her own needs and desires.

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“10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World” by Elif Shafak

Thanks to Penguin Books UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is a book of two parts. In Part 1, Tequila Leila, a Turkish prostitute has been murdered and thrown into a dumpster. It takes 10 minutes and 38 seconds for the last remnants of her consciousness to fade away. In this short amount of time, she reflects upon her time on this earth and those she shared her life with.

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