anticipated book releases january/february 2023

With university finally behind me, reading recent releases has become a priority. It feels like I'm five years behind everyone else. While I'm aware of titles, that doesn't mean I've read them - something that physically pains me. To get back into the swing of things, I'm tracking new releases, which means I have a …

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book review | horseman by christina henry

Ben Van Brunt is the grandchild of Brom Bones and Katrina Tassel. Raised on rumour and gossip, Ben isn’t so sure the Headless Horseman is the myth his grandfather has made him out to be. When a child turns up dead, rid of both head and hands, Ben’s previously safe world in Sleepy Hollow – …

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exploring ‘moon song’ by phoebe bridgers

If you love me, you don't love me in a way that I understand. Richard Siken Phoebe Bridgers is an artist I've been aware of for some time, but never gelled with. The supergroup boygenius - comprised of Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, and Julien Baker - is a favourite ('Bite the Hand' is incredible), and while …

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book review | the doll’s alphabet by camilla grudova

Camilla Grudova’s The Doll’s Alphabet is an excellent collection. Interacting with similar motifs and themes across the thirteen stories, she demonstrates just how far you can stretch a concept and still have it work. Dystopian settings, feminist revolutions, strange births, sewing machines – each story is rendered beautifully by Grudova’s prose. Readers are kept close …

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recommendations | women in translation month 2020 & a tbr

as i have begun reading more literary fiction, i've been finding out about more and more areas of publishing that have been under a lot of scrutiny. in particular, the fact that there is a massive gap in foreign works written by women in languages other than english not being translated and released at the …

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recommendations | reading glasses, my new favourite reading podcast

When February started, I found myself in a rut. I'd binge-listened to over 30 hours of the Collected Sherlock Holmes Stories on Audible in January, and was tired out from audiobooks. However, I still desperately wanted to listen to things. I found that listening to things helped break up my days that I was spending mostly indoors. …

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three horror reviews | beautiful darkness, portus, hideout

Beautiful Darkness  by Fabien Vehlmann, Kerascoët Beautiful Darkness is, at its core, an anti-fairytale. It begins with princess Aurora having tea with the boy she has a crush on, only for things to turn sour when their surroundings suddenly start collapsing. When she emerges, we realise she wasn't in a building: instead, she was inside the …

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