Book Review: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Annhilation had been languishing on my TBR for over a year before I picked it up for the N.E.W.T.s readathon. Having loved the film version starring Natalie Portman, I had high hopes for this weird little book, however I’m not entirely sure what to think.


Weekly Reading Wrap-Up: 23 August 2019

Happy Friday, everyone! This has been a weird week for me for a number of reasons, but particularly because I've been working from home this entire week! I'm so ready for the long weekend and can't wait to read some new books.

Book Review: The Starlight Watchmaker by Lauren James

I absolutely love Lauren James’s The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, so I was naturally thrilled to pick up a copy of her latest book, The Starlight Watchmaker. A novella from Barrington Stoke, a publisher that focuses on readable books for dyslexic and reluctant young readers, I couldn’t wait to get my paws on this little book. I did enjoy it, but I found that I couldn’t quite turn off my detail-obsessed adult sci-fi brain!

Book Review: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Calculating Stars seems to be the book that everyone is talking about in the sci-fi world. The winner of the Nebula Award, and probably the winner of many more awards this year, it sounded like the perfect book for me. Lady astronauts, an alternate version of the 1950’s, and smashing the patriarchy with science? Sounds like a brilliant book, right? However, this turned out to be one of the biggest disappointments of the year for me. I'm afraid this will be a very unpopular opinion, as this book is so beloved by the science fiction community.