My method for reading poetry is fairly stable. Especially work from a poet who is unknown to me. I read it all through once quickly. I’m picking up on language use, on rhyme, on rhythm, and on the use of language but only at a superficial level. I then reread a day or two later and take my time. I look again at poems that stand out to me – and these might be different every time I read the collection – and then I think about what the words are actually saying to me. The beauty of poetry to me is that I have no way of knowing if what I am “hearing” is what the poet actually meant to say to me. That to me is the point of good poetry. I can read my emotions and my pain into someone else’s words and find solace, or joy, or a sense of not being alone.
I admit I was reluctant to read the book because I know nothing of rugby. I learned real quick rugby is the common denominator that brought the main characters together, not the main subject line of the story.
This is the third book in K D Williamson's "Cops and Docs" series and having enjoyed the other two, I picked this one up with high hopes. I was not disappointed.
The book is in four parts (1) Innocence, (2) Identity, (3) Love and (4) Lust. Lots of clues there about what to expect and the content gets more graphic as the book progresses. There are a few weak pieces, especially poems where Jett Nyx is trying to make words fit a context or shape and some of the emotion is lost but there are some extremely good pieces where the emotion is so strong it is pushing off the page.
Evie and Carmen are at opposite ends of the crime world but a meeting in a sleazy bar brings them closer together than either of them ever imagined. For Evie this is a chance to get one over on the rich businesswoman but it soon turns into something much more.
This book had me both laughing and crying and everything else in between and there were definitely a few tears at the end. Another great piece of writing and I can't wait to see what Karen has in store for us next.
This is not a girl meets girl, falls in love, girl loses girl, then gets her back, before they ride off together kind of book and I enjoyed its difference. Its an interesting exploration of what happens after two lesbians decide they want to be together.
Double Exposure is a heart wrenching novel, whereby Bridget Birdsall takes us on a journey of self-discovery with the main character, Alyx Kowalski.
It is 1983 and 13-year old Natasha is in love with her French teacher, Miss Williams. Natasha’s love soon turns into an unhealthy obsession when she is no longer being taught by Miss Williams. Some of the things Natasha does to get Miss Williams’ attention are on the verge of stalking, even going so far as to pursue the same career and apply for the exact same course in the same university as Miss Williams.
While accessible publishing has led to a marked increase in lesbian fiction, the quality across the board is variable. That is not the case with Clare Lydon's London Calling which is as strong as any mainstream straight chick lit from a major publisher.
Tragedy overtook Cristina Uraca Alacala when she was 9 years old. Her socialite parents, linked to the Spanish Royal family, killed in a road traffic accident along with her adored younger sister. Ever since her loving grandmother has shielded her from the world and refused to talk about her family.
Jenny is one of those popular girls who appear to have it all. She is attractive, put together, confident. The other girls want to be her, the boys want to have her. But underneath the false bravado is a mess. She blames herself for the death of her adored Gran, hates what she has made herself into and the never-ending pretence to keep it up. She hates herself to the point of self harm. She has sought help, but that doesn’t stop the feelings, doesn’t stop the pain.
High Desert is the ninth in the Kate Delafield detective series and once again plunges us into a combination of crime and personal crisis.
Part medical drama, part crime thriller, part romantic drama, the story follows Priya as she tried to unravel what happened to her boss that night, her role in his death and a complicated new love interest.
These two books are part of a series about Kiran the only vision painter in Ireland, a concept, I found so fascinating I looked it up on Google, before realising these books are written within the magic realism and crime genres.