Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books Recently Added to my TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by 

the Broke and the Bookish!


Here are ten books that are new to my TBR! 

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
This is a pretty new release. Since I read the Delirium books I’ve been a fan of Lauren Oliver. I didn’t really get into panic, but this book sounds great. I love mystery and I love YA! Put them together and you’ve got a recipe I can’t resist.

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
I’d been hearing about this one for a little while before it was released. It sounds so good to me. Not only is it a YA mystery, it’s got a hint of magical realism. This sounds so good. This and Vanishing Girls are at the top of my TBR. Once I finish my review copies that is.

The Lux Series by Jennifer L Armentrout
If it wasn’t for BookTube, this book would not have been on my radar. The synopsis, the cover… They just don’t appeal to me. But people on BookTube rave about this series. Their excitement gets me excited! I can’t wait to see what I think of these books.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
This book won the 2014 Pulitzer… So it’s not surprising that I’ve heard of it. But it’s big and heavy. I wasn’t sure that I wanted to read it. However, it’s out in paperback now! It’s still big and heavy, but it’s not as bad. And it was on sale!

American Gods by Neil Gaiman 
I’ve heard lots of excellent things about Neil Gaiman, but I haven’t actually read anything by him. Recently while at a second hand store, I came across a few of his books. I picked this one up and it does sound pretty good!

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
My feelings about this one are pretty much exactly the same as the Lux series! I had heard of this one before BookTube, but it hadn’t interested me at all! But the sheer amount of BookTubers that enjoyed this series made me excited to give it a go!

Solitaire by Alice Oseman 
This book was my pick for “Waiting On” Wednesday last week! It’s sounds really good to me and I’m excited for its release! Wee!

Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein
I received a copy of this book for review from Random House Canada. Reading the synopsis made me really excited for its release! I’m so glad I was sent a copy and it’s up next on my TBR!

The Bear by Claire Cameron
This book recently came out in mass market so it recently came to my attention again. The story sounds crazy! A survival story of two children after their parents were attacked by bear while camping. Cray. Zee.

Diamond Head by Cecily Wong
I’m on the book tour for this book in the last week of April! This book is a cross continental family saga! I love family stories! It’s got mystery, history, secrets… Sounds awesome! Remember to check back for my tour stop and giveaway!

What books have you recently added to your TBR?


Authors to Try if You Like Jodi Picoult

 
Jodi Picoult (pronounced pea-KOH) is a popular author that writes what is often viewed as Women’s Fiction or Chick Lit (though both genres are different). While some of her books touch on similar themes that Women’s Fiction explores, it is much more than that. Picoult herself has a lot to say on the matter. She says that her books “straddle genres” and I think she’s quite right! On the FAQs page of her website, she addresses the question of genre:

 I hate being pigeonholed. I have always been called a women’s author, but 49% of my fan mail comes from male fans, and I think you can legitimately label my novels as legal thrillers, mysteries, romances, or plain old fiction. I think you can consider my books literary, because they make you think, or commercial, because they are a compelling read. Marketing departments like to label authors with just one tag, so that they know how to promote a book, but I think the best books straddle genres and attract a variety of readers. I’d like to think this is one reason my books appeal to people – because I give them something different every time.

I think she’s hit the nail on the head here. Picoult doesn’t really stick to one genre, unless you just consider her a writer of fiction. While I have yet to read all of her novels, I have read many of them and enjoyed each one. She tackles different subjects and themes, but there is one thing that remains consistent: Picoult weaves great stories while keeping them engaging and accessible. 

First things first

If you are a fan of Jodi Picoult, you likely already know which are her best, and where to start. But if you’ve stumbled on this post having heard of Picoult but not having read (m)any of her books, I’ll give you a starting point! 

I recommend: My Sister’s Keeper (of course), The Tenth Circle, and Nineteen Minutes.
Her most recent: The Storyteller (2013), and Leaving Time (2014).
 
If you’ve read and enjoyed her books (as I have), you might enjoy the authors I’m going to talk about today. The authors I’m going to mention are not the same as Jodi Picoult—no two authors are the same—but I find a lot of their books have a similar feel! 
Kristin Hannah The Nightingale Magic Hour Jodi Picoult

Kristin Hannah

Hannah also “straddles genres” as Picoult would say. When asked about her books, Hannah said that she “blend[s] a lot of elements from popular genres into [her] work because [she] love[s] reading so many kinds of fiction.” Just like Picoult, you could pick up one of her books and find yourself immersed in the past, or maybe a legal thriller, or maybe a story of family. No matter what though, you are promised a good page-turner! 

I recommend: Magic Hour
Her latest: The Nightingale
Diane Chamberlain Necessary Lies The Silent Sister Jodi Picoult

Diane Chamberlain

Chamberlain focuses on the relationships between people which emerge, and become tested through the difficulties of life. These difficulties are in the same range as the themes Picoult writes about—tragedy, loss, family, mystery. Her books will stir emotions and keep you turning the pages!

I recommend: Necessary Lies
Her latest: The Silent Sister
Heather Gudenkauf These Things Hidden Little Mercies Jodi Picoult

Heather Gudenkauf

Gudenkauf’s books generally revolve around a crime or tragedy of some kind. From there, the characters that people her books each come to terms with it in their own way. I love her books because not only do I get a good mystery, I get to connect with the characters on an emotional level, and there is so such character growth! Gudenkauf often uses multiple perspectives to layer her stories. Picoult does this often, too! 

I recommend: These Things Hidden
Her latest: Little Mercies (which I’ve also read and recommend!)

Christina Baker Kline

Kline explores the themes of self-discovery and personal growth, the catalyst of which is often a tragic or traumatic event. Again, she is one of those writers that “straddles genres,” and this is much to our benefit!
Her most recent, most popular, and the one I would recommend: Orphan Train

Liane Moriarty

Moriarty writes about many things but her themes often come back to family. She is witty and humorous while tackling larger subjects. Her website describes her novels as, “often funny, sometimes sad, stories about families and relationships and the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.” That sounds like a pretty apt, and interesting, descriptions of her work.  

I recommend: The Husband’s Secret 
Most Recent: Big Little Lies 

Honourable mentions: 

This next author writes more on the Women’s Fiction side of things. There is a thread of that found in some of Picoult’s books, and, if you enjoyed that thread, I think you will like this author! 

Jane Green

Green is probably my favourite author of Women’s Fiction. Her books focus on a female protagonist and their growth in the wake of challenging circumstances. 

From her website: “Initially known for writing about single thirty-somethings with her trademark wisdom, wit and warmth, Green has graduated to more complex, character-driven novels that explore the concerns and conflicts of real women’s lives, from marriage (The Other Woman) to motherhood (Another Piece of My Heart) to divorce, stepchildren, affairs, and most recently, midlife crises (Family Pictures and Tempting Fate).”
I recommend: Second Chance
Her latest: Saving Grace 
 

Joshilyn Jackson

This is the only novel I have read by Jackson, but I quite enjoyed it and its ability to generate important discussions. I don’t know much about Jackson’s other works, but many of them sound intriguing and are on my TBR. I think that if you like Picoult, you might like this novel as well! 



What do you think? Have you read any novels by these authors? Do you agree that they would suit lovers of Picoult’s work (and vice versa)? What other authors and novels would you recommend to those that love Jodi Picoult?

Let’s Recap: Work Struggles, Carpal Tunnel, TV, Books, BEA !?


The last few weeks have been pretty interesting for me workwise. This past week has been mostly okay, but some times it has been a struggle. I haven’t had much patience this week when I’ve been shelving books. Like, children, why must you pull all the books off the shelves? And parents, why must you let them?? When I’ve been at customer service it’s been mostly okay. But I had one very grumpy customer this week regarding fines and it turned into this whole big thing. OI WITH THE POODLES ALREADY (Gilmore Girls, anyone?). 

On the plus side though, I’ve finally managed to get in at the rehab centre for physio for my wrist. Carpal tunnel is not the greatest. Hopefully it will help! I’ve been doing these weird little wrist stretches at home when no one is looking…because they look pretty silly. I’ve also been more conscious of my posture when I’m both sitting and standing. Apparently there is tension on a nerve in my neck or something and that’s not doing me any good. 

I finally finished all ten seasons of Friends on Netflix. Well, I guess it’s not really finally because I basically marathoned them. When I finished that, I borrowed volume one of the first season of Outlander at the library! I love it. I also marathoned that. It was really true to the book which was great! Although, if you know me, you know I certainly could have done without the sexytimes. At least they weren’t in every episode? Anyway, now the theme song is stuck in my head and just won’t get out! Sing me a song of a lass that is gone… Say, could that lass be I? ….

This week I have been majorly stressing over my review books. SO MANY REVIEW COPIES ON THE GO. WHAT HAVE I DONE TO MYSELF. I thought I had spaced everything out so I wouldn’t have to many and wouldn’t be overwhelmed. Yeah, what a fail. I have not yet mastered that skill. I’ve also go to start writing the reviews of the ones I have finished… It’s not my to-do list!! (Check back April 8th, 17th, and 19th for book tours and giveaways! —see what I mean? What was I thinking??)

Speaking of my to-do list, I’ve made a pretty detailed one! I sat down a few times this week and brain stormed and scheduled posts for the blog. I have been in such a blogging slump lately (as you’ve probably noticed)! It was so encouraging to get the creative juices flowing again! I’ve come up with some ideas that I think will be really great for Fuelled By Fiction. Now I just have to manage my time so I can sit down and get them done! 

Another thing that has been on my mind lately: BEA—This is my current conundrum. I have been debating whether to go for months. My work situation was little rocky for a while, but I’ve got that straightened out now (mostly). My boyfriend’s work situation was also rocky, but now it’s pretty stable—but quite new, so I don’t know if he could get the time off to go with me. Also, if anyone that I know could go with me, none of them are interested in books. I don’t know any bloggers in real life, or even really that well on the internet. I’ve been drooling over the BEA website, and the idea of going to NYC—I’ve never been. I want to go so bad. Are you going? If so, let’s connect! Actually, either way, let’s connect! If you’ve been, any advice on the decision making process would be so welcome. 

What have you been up to this week?

“Between” by Jessica Warman

Between by Jessica Warman

YA Mystery
Hardcover, 454 pages
Published 2011 by [Goodreads] [Amazon] [Book Depository]

It’s the night of Elizabeth Valchar’s birthday. She and her friends are passed out in her parent’s yacht. In the middle of the night, Liz wakes up to a thumping noise coming from outside. When she goes to check things out, she discovers something that will change her life forever. What she finds out leads her to question her friends and her family, and–perhaps more importantly–herself.

It is hard to really describe the plot of the book without giving too much away. So I will leave it at that.


I picked this one up at the Coles annual book sale. I got it for $5.00! I’m really glad I decided to grab it! Although the premise was not entirely original, Warman did manage to keep me guessing and turning the pages! While I wasn’t completely in love with the book due to it’s slight lack of originality, I did thoroughly enjoy it. It was exciting and suspenseful–all the things you want from a good mystery novel.

This Wednesday I’m Waiting On…

Solitaire Alice Oseman
Solitaire by Alice Oseman
Young Adult
Hardcover, 368 pages
To be published March 31, 2015 by HarperCollins

Here’s the synopsis via Goodreads: 

In case you’re wondering, this is not a love story.

My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year – before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people – I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now.

Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.

I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don’t care about Michael Holden.

I really don’t.

This incredible debut novel by outstanding young author Alice Oseman is perfect for fans of John Green, Rainbow Rowell and all unflinchingly honest writers. 
Here’s a description from Epic Reads:

My name is Victoria Spring.
Sometimes I hate people.
This is probably very bad for my mental health.
Tori has friends. She has brothers. She has parents. Sometimes she can be bothered to talk to them. Most of the time, though, she would prefer not to have to deal with other people.
Until the day she follows a trail of Post-its from her locker to a deserted computer lab, where she finds a message from a mysterious group called Solitaire. It’s also where she meets Michael Holden. Irrepressibly cheerful, weird, and determined to be her friend, Michael is everything Tori normally hates.
And that’s it. That’s where it starts.
Soon Solitaire has launched a series of pranks across the school. For once, Tori feels connected, like someone is on her wavelength—making jokes about her favorite movies, blasting her favorite song on repeat over the intercom. Then Solitaire’s pranks start to go too far, and no one else seems to be concerned. Tori doesn’t like getting involved. But this time, the idea of doing nothing is even worse.
Solitaire is a novel about finding friends, finding yourself, and discovering that one person can change everything.


This book has been described as “The Catcher in the Rye for the digital age.” That description alone has me curious! Not to mention that synopsis! Tori sounds a little like me. I’m super interested to see how the story goes from there and what Tori is like a character! I wouldn’t say I’m a fan of John Green or Rainbow Rowell (haven’t really read any of there stuff) but this book still sounds right up my alley! 
What are you waiting on this Wednesday? 



“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme  hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

Top 10 Books From My Childhood & Teen Years That I Would Like To Revisit!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by 
This week join me on a walk down memory lane! Here are the 
top ten books from my younger years that I’d like to revisit 
and/or reread! 


1. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
I read this book in school when I was in grade six. My class read it in the year the movie was released. We went on a class trip to see the movie! The school rented out one of the theatres for us to watch it! It was so neat. I loved the book and the movie so much. 
2. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Dicamillo 
This is such a sweet story about a father, a daughter, and a stray dog that can smile. I remember laughing a lot and absolutely loving it. 
3. The Georgia Nicholson series by Louise Rennison 
I absolutely loved this series. It constantly had me laughing out loud. I could never read these books in public. It was also pretty great that these books are British and had lots of British terms and slang! These were my absolute favourite books in middle school. 
4. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series by Ann Brashares 
These are some great books. I can’t remember if I finished the whole series, but I really liked the first one. I also loved the movies. I lent the first one to someone and they never gave it back… 
5. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
This is the first book I read by Sarah Dessen, and it has remained my favourite. I read it sometime early on in high school and really loved it. Soon after that I realized that the movie How To Deal starring Mandy Moore was based on a combo of two of her books! That movie was (is) one of my favourites. This just solidified her as one of my faves. I haven’t read anything of hers in forever! 
6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
I read this book in grade eleven. It immediately became one of my favourites! I did a whole project on it! It’s been on my mind that last little while since the movie came out. I’ll have to get another copy of this one though. I lent it to a friend the year that I read it, and she completely destroyed it (and with no remorse. Yes, I’m still bitter). 
7. The Gemma Doyle series by Libba Bray
I read this series in high school and I loved it. It was one of my first forays back into the realm of fantasy. Fantasy was all I read when I was a kid, then I read almost solely contemporaries when I was a teen. 
8. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
I read this book when I was in middle school I think. I really enjoyed it! I haven’t read any of the other books in the series because by they time they came out I had “outgrown” fantasy. Now I’m ready to find out what happens next!
9. The Outsiders by SE Hinton
I think pretty much everyone read this book in middle school. I loved it. I still love it. Although now most of my memories of it stem from the movie. I’d like to reread the book now that I’m older!
10. The Angels in Pink trilogy by Lurlene McDaniel
When I was a teenager I loved Lurlene McDaniel (even though most her books are really depressing).  She writes such beautiful tearjerkers. This trilogy is sad, but I remember it also being uplifting the way that friendship is portrayed. I wonder if I still have these books somewhere…

Honourable mentions: The Harry Potter series, The Babysitters Club series, and the Jewel Kingdom series!

Are there any books from your younger years you’d like to reread? Which books and why?

Let’s Recap: Oh, March.

Hey guys,

Sorry I’ve been so boring lately. I’ve been in a weird place. I have been busy with work, in a reading slump, and in a blogging slump! After last week’s post, it snowed again three days later. A lot. After the 30cm we got last Sunday, we got another 50cm+. It was nuts. I am so sick of shovelling snow. When I haven’t been busy with all that nonsense, I just wanted to veg out and watch Friends.

Furthermore, I have been brainstorming different things I want to do with my blog and my BookTube channel. In my indecision and uncertainty, I have been avoiding writing posts. How lame is that? Pretty lame. Don’t worry though. If you stick with me, I promise I have some neat things coming up! I have some lovely reviews that I am working on, and some features I have been playing around with. But, while I work those things out, I might be a little slow on here. Sorry about that.

I’m not feeling 100% at the moment,  so I’m going to go lay down.

Tweet me at @fuelldbyfiction if you want to chat!

Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the Broke and the Bookish! 

Here are the Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR!

1. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman 
I received this one for review from Random House Canada and I am really pumped to get into it! I am currently listening to the audiobook of Seraphina and I am loving it. 

2. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
This baby is a new addition to my collection! I have been eagerly anticipating its release and I can’t wait to get into it! I love mysteries, YA, and magical realism, so I am so pumped for this!
3.  Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
Again, YA and mystery! So pumped! I love Lauren Oliver’s writing and the synopsis sounds super interesting. I’ve ordered it and it’s on the way!
4. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
I have been hearing about this book everywhere! Everyone is raving about it. It sounds really good and I can’t wait to read it for myself. 
5. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski 
I read The Winner’ s Curse last month and loved it. I absolutely can’t wait to find out what happens next!
6. The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins
Just like with All The Bright Places, I have been hearing about this one everywhere! It’s a psychological thriller and I love those!
7. Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein
Why I haven’t read Code Name Verity yet, it is on my TBR, and I really like the sound of this new one! It comes out on March 31st! Wee!
8. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
I hear about V.E. Schwab a lot on BookTube. All good things! I really like the sound of this one and I have it on hold at the library!

9. Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight
Last winter I read Kimberly McCreight’s first book Reconstructing Amelia and adored it! I’m excited to get into this one! I have an ARC of it for being on the book tour in April! Keep an eye out for that.
10. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
This one comes out in paperback soon and when it does, I am so buying it! It’s been on my TBR for ages and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
What’s on your spring TBR?

Let’s Recap: The Second Week of March


Hey guys.

The second week of March is over and I can’t believe it! Time flies by so fast. I know people say that a lot, but today is one of those days were I really feel the truth in the statement. Ever since I graduated Uni, I’ve felt time flying by even faster. I think this is because there are less milestones and markers of time. There are no papers to fret about, no exams to dread, no summer vacations to look forward to. Time just keeps flowing by until I stop and think about it. It feels like Christmas was just yesterday, and it was already three months ago! Don’t even get me started on my nephew. That little cutie is growing too fast! 

I’ve managed to have the last three ish days off of work, and I’ve done absolutely nothing productive. I’ve been throwing everything on the floor, not doing dishes, laying around watching TV, that sort of thing. I haven’t even done much reading! I finished listening to the audiobook of Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, and then… Just didn’t read anything else. I think I’m having a mid-book slump. I’m also reading The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro, and it’s going by really slowly. It’s not that it’s a bad book, it was just hard to get into. And, for me, it’s just not a quick read. It’s a literary fiction that reads like a Medieval allegory or legend, and it’s just taking me a while to get through. Not only that, but All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven and Bone Gap by Laura Ruby are sitting on my shelf calling me! But, I’ve promised myself I’d finish this one before I start anything else so I can review it! But still, there they are… “Beth. Bethhhh, read us, read us!”


I don’t know about where you live, but where I live it feels like this winter is just snow storm after snow storm. That would be all well and good if I was in grade school (woohoo! snow days!), but now it’s just exhausting. I still have to work, and sometimes have to shovel. Like yesterday. We had a big storm with high winds and the drift on the walkway was past my waist. My lovely brother came over with his snow blower, but I shovelled the walk. Man am I out of shape. And terrible at shovelling. I tried to lift with my legs but still managed to hurt my back. Did I mention I’m a wimp? 

Since I was feeling sore, today I thought, Hey, I’ll take a bath! And I did, and now my skin feels great, but here’s the thing. I don’t like baths. Every now and then I’ll forget that I hate them, and get all excited and draw myself a bath. Then I get in and am like, Huh. This is it? I don’t find baths relaxing. I find them stressful. I’m weird, I know. Maybe if the tub was bigger? I don’t know. First, I found them boring. Music? Nah. Book? I think we all know that didn’t end well for the book. Movie? Too long. The water is either too hot, or lukewarm. I get fidgety after a while. They are okay for like, ten minutes and then I want out. Not really worth it! However, like I said, my skin feels pretty great. I used handmade vitamin E and lavender bubble bath, with a touch of vanilla soap, and a few spoonfuls of handmade bath salt. That part is not so bad. But, I think I’m going to stick with other means of relaxation. Cozy blanket, cup of coffee, hot water bottle, and a book—that’s more like it!

Speaking of which, coffee’s ready!

How do you relax on a snowy winter’s day? Or just on a day when you need to unwind? 

The Illuminations by Andrew O’Hagan

The Illuminations by Andrew O’Hagan
Literary Fiction
Hardcover, 294 pages
In CanadaPublished February 17th, 2015 by McClellan&Stewart 
(an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada) 
In the US—To be published March 24th, 2015 by Farrar, Straus & Girroux

A copy of this book was provided by Random House Canada. I received this book for my honest opinion and review. All thoughts are completely honest and my own.

Anne Quirk, a once famous photographer, now lives in a retirement community in Scotland. Her presence there is threatened by her worsening dementia and her growing inability to take care of herself. The Illuminations is the story of those whose lives have been touched by this enigmatic woman. There is Anne’s lonely and nosy neighbour Maureen; her jaded and bitter daughter Alice; and her grandson Luke, who is trying to find himself among the troops on another tour in Afghanistan. These three have each experienced different sides of Anne, and have been affected by her in different ways. However, Anne has nonetheless played an important role in their lives. As time goes on, they try to get to know Anne better—get a sense of her mysterious past and what made her tick so that they might be able to appreciate the woman she really was. 

The narrator in this story changes focus between Maureen, Alice, and Luke, while occasionally inserting a thought or memory from Anne in italics. This structure gives the reader a deeper understanding of all the characters and worked really well with the story. Each of these characters were, for the most part, well developed. This is especially true of Maureen and Luke, but Alice at times fell a bit flat. While we discover the root of Alice’s bitterness, we never really get a good picture of who she is as a person. Moreover, at first I had expected to see more of Anne’s perspective, thinking she was the main character in the story. She is, however, more of a driving and uniting force, rather than a main character. Her character oftentimes remains mysterious and distant. This, however, ended up working really well. We are entering the story late in her life, and she does have dementia, after all. We the readers experience a similar distance that Maureen, Alice, and Luke must feel, as they too are unable to truly connect with Anne in the present. 

I really enjoyed this book, especially the parts that revolved around Anne and Maureen in the retirement community. Their friendship and connection were really compelling and I enjoyed reading about it. I also loved the way that everything always came back to Anne and her Harry, and what really happened. I did, however, have a few qualms. 

First and foremost, the synopsis on the jacket was rather misleading. It led me to believe that this story would mainly be about the relationship between Luke and Anne, and the meaning of family. While this was present in the novel, it didn’t show up until the last sixty or seventy pages. Honestly, I feel the description in the synopsis about when Luke returns to Scotland should be omitted because it happens so late in the story! You don’t need to know about it just going in! This story is much more about connection, and what binds us to other people. While all of this is certainly not the fault of the author or the book, it did unfortunately colour my reading experience. 

Second, if you’ve read my reviews and grown accustomed to my tastes, you might know how I feel about vulgarity and language in books. It’s just not my thing. I don’t find it enjoyable. It’s more distracting to me than anything! When the perspective shifts to Luke in Afghanistan, it felt like every other word was an f-bomb. Not only that, but they used language that was degrading to women and just all around vulgar. I didn’t enjoy that aspect. Having never been in an all-male army platoon, I can’t speak to its accuracy. But that’s not the point. I just didn’t enjoy that aspect at all.

And third, there were times I had trouble following the dialogue, to be honest. I’m not particularly familiar with Scottish slang and vernacular, so at times I felt out of the loop. 

All in all, The Illuminations is a beautiful work of literary fiction about identity, secrets, family, and human connection.

I recommend this book to a mature audience that enjoys general adult fiction, literary fiction, and books that make you think! If you are sensitive to swearing, know that at times it gets a little R-rated in terms of language. 


Storyline A-
Structure/Execution A
Writing A-
Characters A-
Conclusion A-
Overall Enjoyment B+