Friday Book Debrief Vol 37

By The Book Slut

Friday Book Debrief Vol 37

By The Book Slut

Every week we’re sharing what our some of our writers are currently reading. Please join in the chorus and tell us what you’ve been enjoying or slogging through in the comments!


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A Map for Wrecked Girls

Jessica Taylor


Part teenage sister drama and part slow-moving episode of Lost, it’s been hard to put this one down. I have no idea how it might end or even whether or not I should be rooting for them to get off their deserted island. - Mel


Toni Morrison

£9.99 £9.49

Does anything ever need to be said that doesn't sound superfluous when it comes to Morrison? She's in a category of her own and I am just happy to be able to wallow in her words. - Karen

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: ‘A masterpiece’ – Max Porter

Ocean Vuong

£9.99 £9.49

I've heard so many incredible things about this book — and 30 pages in, it's already living up to them. Can't wait to read more of Vuong's luminous prose. - Nikki

Never Greener: The number one bestselling novel from the co-creator of GAVIN & STACEY

Ruth Jones

£9.99 £9.49

This is my first audiobook which I started a week or two ago; it's proving to be an enjoyable experience so far! The book (written by one of the stars of Gavin and Stacey) follows the parties of a revived extramarital affair and the repercussions it has for those around them. - Hannah

This is How You Lose the Time War: The epic time-travelling love story and Twitter sensation

Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

£10.99 £10.44

I have been wanting to read this book for a long time ever since I heard of it but it was not available in India and expensive to export. A friend was kind enough recently to send a copy my way. It is everything I expected it to be and nothing that I thought it would be like simultaneously. The writing is lush and gorgeous and draws you right in. It is super fun and really delightful to read so far; I am absolutely loving it. - Areeb

In the Dream House: Winner of The Rathbones Folio Prize 2021

Carmen Maria Machado

£10.99 £10.44

This is another one of those titles I have been wanting to read forever. I actually got an e-ARC last year but I avoided it as I was told the structuring on the page plays a huge role. I finally have a hardcopy, thanks to a generous spirit, and I have dived right in. Right from the start, I can easily say that this memoir is very much unlike anything I have read before. The language, the form, the narrative, everything is magnificent. - Areeb

Minor Detail

Adania Shibli

£10.99 £10.44

I was drawn to this title after the whole McCann Booker fiasco. Shibli is Palestinian herself and I have been wanting to read more from this particular region so I am happy to prioritize an own voices book. It is actually a work in translation from the Arabic, done wonderfully by Elisabeth Jaquette. It is quite short and I am already halfway through. It is brutal and brilliant. Needless to say, I cannot recommend it enough. - Areeb




I have been a huge fan of Emma Cline since reading The Girls and this one does not disappoint. Cline's writing style driven by character development translates well even in short story format. I have read about three stories in this collection and cannot put this one down! - Marian

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Hank Green

£9.99 £9.49

The first-ever audiobook I have ever listened to - since Harry Potter was on a cassette tape - that I haven't fallen asleep to within the first 10 minutes. It is batshit crazy. An unforeseeable plotline that keeps you on the edge of your (in my case driving) seat. Think; art(?), aliens(?) exasperated dreamscapes, sudden social media fame, delving into the philosophy of celebrity, whilst saving the world...(?) Also contains the most realistic bisexual protagonist I have ever encountered. - PL

Nine Perfect Strangers: The No 1 bestseller now a major Amazon Prime series

Liane Moriarty

£9.99 £9.49

I am about half way through and still just waiting for someone to die. - PL

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