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All I want for Christmas…

…is some quiet time to read my ever growing pile of must-reads! Sound familiar? I don’t know about you but I have been crazy busy of late and with Christmas just around the corner I am looking forward to some much needed downtime where I ensconce myself in the sofa with a glass of red … Continue reading

‘Not everyone’s opinion is worth the same’

Peter Stothard, one of the panel of judges for the Man Booker prize made this comment a few weeks ago, whilst lamenting the ‘diminished critical standards of the literary blogosphere’.Β In an interview with The Independent, he saidΒ “There is a widespread sense in the UK, as well as America, that traditional, confident criticism, based on argument … Continue reading

Fifty Shades of Now What Now?

Don’t worry this is not a proper Just Read It review of Fifty Shades of Grey, the most talked about and fastest selling book in the UK. I just thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and add my tuppence worth, despite not having read it. I mean the novel is everywhere, in bookshop display windows, … Continue reading

E-books – my new guilty pleasure

I have just read my first e-book! The novel itself is not up for review, (its The Choice by Suzanne Woods-Fisher, in case you are interested), but the actual reading experience. You see I am a committed print lover, I love the feel of a book in my hand, whether brand new or secondhand. I … Continue reading

Books I have never read…but perhaps should

Ok confession time. I thought i’d get it over and done with now, this being a new blog and all. There are books I have not read but perhaps I should have. But in my defence, there are many books out there but very little time. My bookshelf is filled with books bought with all … Continue reading

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My review of the fantastic joyride through UK Grime history that is Hold Tight by @unseenflirtations is now up on the @thebritishblacklist website! Read and share 😊
#holdtight #reviews #recommended #blackbritishliterature #blackbritishauthors #bookstagram #books #grime #music Always a pleasure and a thrill when a author responds to a review you've written about their books! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ
#fangirling #courttianewland #thescholar #bookreview #bookstagram #justreadit So someone (or someones) keeps viewing the review post I uploaded about this novel Lynch's Road by D.D. Armstrong. This is awesome but it was 6 YEARS ago that I wrote the post, so why the sudden interest?? I mean 25 views in one day! I'm not complaining, just curious πŸ‘€πŸ‘€. Anyway if you haven't already, read the book. It's pretty good! #bookreview #bookstagram #blackbritishliterature #blackbritishauthors #random #blogs #justreadit #lynchsroad So I had some thoughts, about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's response to the French journalist Caroline BrouΓ©. First that it was an epic clap back! Second her explanation that she attributes the question to a poor attempt by BrouΓ©, to be ironic, shows how gracious she can be in the face of blatant ignorance. Third, there is an issue surrounding access to books/bookshops which would have been a better conversation. To read more, visit the blog. Link in bio. Or comment below. 
#chimamandangoziadichie #frenchjournalist #reading #bookshops #libraries #racism #ignorance #clapbacks Celebrating 21 years since the release of The Scholar: A West Side Story by Courttia Newland! 21 YEARS!! Boy, brings back some sweet memories! An all time classic πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œ
#classics #bookstagram #books #courttianewland #thescholar #blackbritishauthors #blackbritish #anniversary Looking forward to reading these v soon! Has anyone else read them? What did you think?#newbooks #bookstagram #recommended #bornacrime #trevornoah #welcometolagos #chibunduonuzo #dearijeawele #chimamandangoziadichie So went to the bookstore in Berlin and I was super excited because it's the kind of place you can just chill and read to your heart's content. A bit like Borders (remember that London store before it went bust?). There's also a music department and dvds etc. Literally my idea of heaven!! Defo coming back hereπŸ˜€πŸ’œπŸ’œ
#books #berlin #dussmannkulturkaufhaus #bookstore #bookstagram #chillspot Happy New Year everybody!! May 2018 bring you much joy and blessings. And of course some excellent books to read and share! Whatever you're doing tonight be happy and be safe πŸ™‚
#happynewyear #2018 #blessings #joy #bookstagram Just some of the books read in 2017. Even more on the TBR list, 2018 is set. Got recommendations or review requests, hit me up in the comments πŸ˜ŠπŸ“šπŸ“š
#bookstagram #bookreview #books2017 #tbr #thehateugive #minaret #holdtight #emilyknight #whyimnolongertalkingtowhitepeopleaboutrace #scotlandyardie #homegoing #adancetorember #thehiddentreasureswithin #anuntamedstate