ARC Review: All the Good Things by Clare Fisher

All the Good Things by Clare Fisher

Publication: June 1st 2017 by Penguin

Format: Paperback Pages: 280

ISBN: 9780241275757

Twenty-one year old Beth is in prison. The thing she did is so bad she doesn’t deserve to ever feel good again.

But her counsellor, Erika, won’t give up on her. She asks Beth to make a list of all the good things in her life. So Beth starts to write down her story, from sharing silences with Foster Dad No. 1, to flirting in the Odeon on Orange Wednesdays, to the very first time she sniffed her baby’s head.

But at the end of her story, Beth must confront the bad thing.

What is the truth hiding behind her crime? And does anyone-even a 100% bad person-deserve a chance to be good?‘ – Goodreads.

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Random Ramblings and Some Bookish Stuff

I’m going to start this post off apologising for how quiet Sugarquills has been over the past few weeks. I’ve been busy with life and teaching myself how to crochet!

I’m happy to confirm that I have been accepted for the MSc Creative Writing course at the University of Edinburgh, so you can look forward to posts about the course from September onwards. I’m looking forward to starting the course, but I’m more excited about living in Edinburgh and exploring all the literary sites (and bring on the Festival!).

I’m trying to get through the reading list for the course right now but as most of the books are classics, I haven’t written reviews for them (stuff like Jane Austen). I don’t think the type of classics fit in with the sort of books I usually talk about on this blog, but if any of you are interested in hearing my thoughts about books like Sense and Sensibility and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, let me know!

As far as crocheting is concerned, I think I’m doing a pretty good job all things considered. I’ve been following YouTube tutorials and have made a couple of scarves and a baby blanket already.

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A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3

Publication: May 2nd 2017 by Bloomsbury

Format: eBook Pages: 720

ASIN: B01LWIYWPB

‘Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.’Goodreads.

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Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yōko Tawada

Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yōko Tawada translated by Susan Bernofsky

Publication: March 2nd 2017 by Portobello Books

Format: Paperback Pages: 256

ISBN13: 9781846276316

‘Someone tickled me behind my ears, under my arms. I curled up, became a full moon, and rolled on the floor. I may also have emitted a few hoarse shrieks. Then I lifted my rump to the sky and tucked my head beneath my belly: Now I was a sickle moon, still too young to imagine any danger. Innocent, I opened my anus to the cosmos and felt it in my bowels.

A bear, born and raised in captivity, is devastated by the loss of his keeper; another finds herself performing in the circus; a third sits down one day and pens a memoir which becomes an international sensation, and causes her to flee her home.

Through the stories of these three bears, Tawada reflects on our own humanity, the ways in which we belong to one another and the ways in which we are formed. Delicate and surreal, Memoirs of a Polar Bear takes the reader into foreign bodies and foreign climes, and immerses us in what the New Yorker has called “Yoko Tawada’s magnificent strangeness”.’ – Portobello Books

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Manga Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet illustrated by Sonia Leong

Romeo and Juliet illustrated by Sonia Leong

Publication: July 1st 2008 by SelfMadeHero

Format: Paperback Pages: 196

ISBN13: 9780955285608

Now presenting Manga Shakespeare—the Bard’s greatest plays in an accessible, lively format for a new generation of readers

Romeo and Juliet is ideally suited for the manga format—it has teenage heroes, scheming and villainous adults, heartbreaking tragedy, and the ultimate romantic plot about star-cross’d lovers. Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, fall deeply in love—and they refuse to let their parents’ age-old feud get in their way. When Romeo is banished from their town, a series of mistakes and misunderstandings, along with their families’ mutual hatred, finally manages to end their love. An exciting introduction to the Bard for reluctant readers and manga fans alike. – Goodreads

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