Divergent, Veronica Roth Now a Hollywood movie, Divergent‘s world is one in the wake of a great war. Humanity has realised that it’s not race or resources that cause conflict, but the human heart, and they have formed 5 factions according to what they blame for the war, and therefore […]
The Midnight Rose, Lucinda Riley The Midnight Rose is a story within a story. Anahita is 100 years old and has written her life story for a son everyone else believes died at the age of 3. She refuses to believe this and gives the story to her great grandson […]
A New Name, Emma Scrivener Emma Scrivener’s memoir of her battle with anorexia opens with the author, a 27 year old talented Bible college student blacking out as she suffers the effects of her condition. She asks this confronting question: is anorexia sickness or sin? Her answer is that Jesus came […]
Having never read even one book about Iceland before, this year I have read two historical fiction novels set in Iceland.
Francis Spufford’s Unapologetic is a defence of the emotionality of Christianity. He’s not trying to convince you why Christianity is rational, but why it is beautiful. In line with his aim, Spufford’s writing is lyrical and a bit rambly. You might find yourself thinking ‘just get to the point’ if […]
In The Woodlands, we’re introduced to Rosa who lives in a world dominated by ‘The Superiors’ who apparently rule her world in an effort to ‘correct our faults’ after Rosa’s people lost a war. The Superiors are obsessed with race and have implemented some sort of program of cross-breeding to […]
Surprised by Oxford is a memoir of Carolyn Weber‘s (then Carolyn Drake) first year at Oxford. She arrives in the autumn and by spring has become a Christian. This is a story of how you might wish all evangelism went. She meets a stack of incredibly smart, thoughtful people who […]