The White Book – Han Kang: Review & Recommend | ELLIE LOVES

TW: death of an infant.

Review time again! Today, I’m reviewing The White Book by Han Kang. After last week’s review, I was thinking ‘oh, this will be a much easier review to write!’. Reader, I was wrong. I’m not sure how to categorise this book, let alone review it! According to GoodReads, the most popular shelf titles for this book are “poetry” and “fiction”. The format is definitely prose poetry, but I’m not sure how much of the events detailed are fictional, and how many are taken from the author’s life. The way it’s presented feels more autobiographical and observational than fictional, but without having seen either approach confirmed by Han Kang, I wouldn’t want to say either way.

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Ways of Seeing – John Berger: Review & Recommend | ELLIE LOVES

Disclaimer: I have previously received PR products (free review copies) from Penguin.

A slightly different review today, because today I’m reviewing a non-fiction book, rather than a novel. Now, sometimes I find non-fiction reviews really hard to write, and sometimes I find them easy. So, please bear with me a bit and see how this one goes! This was a book my boyfriend bought me for my birthday in September, because we enjoy going to art galleries together (not that we’ve had chance to do that this year), so I wanted to learn a bit more about art history.

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Funny Weather Olivia Laing eARC review

(ad, gifted) Funny Weather – Olivia Laing (eARC): Review & Recommend | LATEST RELEASES

Thanks to the publishers, and NetGalley, for providing me with a free eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

It’s not often that I read nonfiction books, let alone review them — in fact, this might be my first non-fiction review, so please bare with me if it’s not quite what you’re used to reading from me. This is a review of Olivia Laing’s upcoming essay collection Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency. It is published by Pan Macmillan, and is due to be released on April 16th. I’ve long been meaning to learn a bit more about art, so when I saw this on NetGalley, I decided it was time to start learning.Read More »

The Confession – Jessie Burton: Review & Recommend | ELLIE LOVES

I have previously received PR products (review copies of books) from Picador.

TW: miscarriage, abortion, post-partum depression, domestic violence.
CW: strong language, sex scenes, mention of suicidal mood.
No TWs or CWs are discussed in this review.

I’ve loved Jessie Burton since I read The Miniaturist, so I was pretty excited to finally get round to reading her latest novel, The Confession, especially as I have a signed copy! The Confession tells a story across two different time periods, 1980-83 and 2017-18. In 2018, Rose Simmons is looking for the mother that disappeared when she was a baby. In 1980, Elise Morceau bumps into novelist Constance Holden and the pair begin a turbulent relationship.

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come along with me

Come Along With Me – Shirley Jackson: Review & Recommend | ELLIE LOVES (ReadBySpooktober)

I have previously received PR products (free review copies) from Penguin.

TW: this piece contains repeated use of the term cr*ppled to refer to a disabled child. I feel it’s important to also note the historical context for the use of this term, as it was not recognised as offensive until the 1970s (Come Along With Me was written in the 1960s), yet I wanted potential readers to be aware.

Today’s review is really exciting, because it’s for #ReadBySpooktober, hosted by Beth @readbybeth and Hannah @horror_han (instagram)! If you’re reading my review because you’re also participating in this great event, let me know by commenting down below and let me know when your review goes live so I can check it out.

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