If you’ve spent any time on my blog or over on my instagram (link) you’ll know that I am a huge fan of the Brontë sisters. And whilst Charlotte, or more specifically her characters, have captured my heart I adore all the works produced by these singularly brilliant women writers. One thing that has fascinated… Continue reading Anne Brontë: The Forgotten Sister and Firebrand Feminist
As we move into October (how is that possible - I swear time has stood still since March) I’m changing up my reading and throwing myself into all things autumnal. It’s the season of chunky knits, rust coloured leaves and cosying up with a book (preferably under a blanket with a mug of hot chocolate).… Continue reading Historical Fiction: Autumn Edit (part one)
Readers I’ve noticed a little something of late, thanks in part to my reading A Girl Made Of Air - I love a book set in a circus. Now yes I am aware that it is very niche, but bear with me on this one. Lyrical and inventive, A Girl Made of Air is a… Continue reading All the fun of the fair (or circus)
2020 has been a year shaped by a global pandemic, which has unsurprisingly in turn shaped my own reading, but something else has also happened. I seem to have read a startling number of books which feature or make reference to global pandemics. Of course the writers of these novels could have had no idea… Continue reading The Pull of the Stars: An Account of the 1918 Flu Which Feels Eerily and Uncannily Familiar
Stories bring us together, untold stories keep us apart.” It is no exaggeration to say that we are living in an uncertain time. A time in which we are assailed by threats (seen and unseen), injustice, inequality and unrest. We see suffering and seem to move from one crisis to another. All of this is… Continue reading How To Stay Sane In An Age Of Division
Can reading help you to understand societal issues and the life experience/lived experience of those who are different from you? Studies have linked reading fiction with an increase in charitable giving, improvements in wellbeing and better relationship building. Studies have also found that reading can hugely benefit society at large, and empathy is key to… Continue reading Reading and Empathy:Can reading fiction make you a more empathetic person?
I won’t chatter on too much at the start of this post. I’m sure readers you will have seen that I have spent the month of May reading historical fiction. I have been blogging on the subject of why I love the genre (here), where you should begin if you want to start reading it… Continue reading A Q&A With Blotted Ink Books
This month of reading exclusively historical fiction of all types and eras has reminded me how much I love the genre. For me it is pure joy and escapism. I suppose it is no surprise that I have sought out my comfort blanket of literature, buried myself in its folds and gotten totally lost. And… Continue reading My Top Historical Fiction Reads
Hello my dear readers, bibliophiles and bookworms. It’s been a little while since I posted a review, but I feel like I’ve picked a goodie to share with you today. The Mercies by Karen Millwood Hargrave is the story of Maren, the most beguiling heroine you could possibly hope for. She is haunted by visceral… Continue reading Review: The Mercies
Firstly I write this as a historical fiction enthusiast rather than an expert, just as I did my last post all about exactly what makes historical fiction. I know from talking to people on bookstagram that there is a sort of aura around the genre which makes people think that it isn’t for them or… Continue reading Historical Fiction: Where Do I Begin?