A slightly different Otterly Amazing reads coming at you today. Throughout May I am celebrating all things historical fiction. I’m a huge fan of the genre, but this has not always been the case. It’s only in the last 8 years or so that I have become interested in the books set in the past;… Continue reading Otterly Amazing Reads: What Makes Historical Fiction?
A wrap up within a week of the end of the month? By my standards this is a pretty big achievement and April was a bumper month in terms of my reading. So many fabulous books came out throughout April - a much needed boost during the first full month of lockdown here in the… Continue reading April Wrap Up
How often do you come across a writer who really makes you stop, take a deep inhale as your heart begins to beat again. Ann Patchett and her triumphant The Dutch House did this to me. Ann Patchett is an author that I have known of, whose books I have picked up, made a note… Continue reading The Dutch House: An Epic Family Tale Told In Intimate Detail
Do you have any books which you put off reading? You just knew you’d probably love them, they sound so wonderful and you’re seeing it in every bookshop (or online but I found today’s book well before I found bookstagram). Everyone loves said book, but what if you’re that one anomaly who doesn’t. What if… Continue reading Otterly Amazing Reads: The Night Circus
And just like that I have a new contender for my favourite book of the year. Conjure Women is a deeply dark and haunting historical fiction, full of suspicion and suspense. For those who loved The Familiars, Essex Serpent, The Confessions of Frannie Langton and The Binding I think this will be your next book… Continue reading Review: Conjure Women
Otterly Amazing Reads: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Path Starting something new today on the blog which I hope you enjoy dear reader. Hopefully you have found my little corner of the internet because you are a bibliophile or at least you’re interested in hearing what I have to say about books. Of course I… Continue reading Otterly Amazing Reads: The Bell Jar and Milk and Honey
So March was an odd month wasn’t it. No matter where you are in the world I am sure that your everyday life changed in some ways (or perhaps significantly). March was always going to be a month of change for me. My partner and I moved into our new home. Having spent six weeks… Continue reading My March Wrap Up
Bookworms tend to be slightly obsessive. I count myself among that number. I collect books at a rate which makes my bank balance dwindle and bookshelves sag. I talk about books with anyone who will listen and feel slightly uncomfortable when daily life requires me to be seperated from my current read. That scene in… Continue reading The Popularity of Retellings: Why have they become our new literary obsession?
I’m writing this review feeling just a little bit unsure what I have just read because Topics of Conversation is unlike anything else I’ve read. An unreliable and at times unlikable narrator draws out, often inadvertently, the deepest secrets of those women she meets whilst also ruminating on her own existence. Miranda Popkey does not… Continue reading Topics of Conversation: Desire, Difficult Conversations and An Even More Difficult Narrator
Dear reader, you find me once again in a bit of a dilemma. If you follow me on Instagram or happen to read my reviews on here then you’ll know that I’m a fan of a bit of historical fiction and of a bit of magical realism. In fact I’d say these are the two… Continue reading Blackberry and Wild Rose and The Heavens: Both Brilliant Books, But Both Could Be So Much More