The Popularity of Retellings: Why have they become our new literary obsession?

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?

Topics of Conversation: Desire, Difficult Conversations and An Even More Difficult Narrator

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

Blackberry and Wild Rose and The Heavens: Both Brilliant Books, But Both Could Be So Much More

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

A Little Life: A Not So Small Tale of Male Friendship And What It Is To Be Human

Reader I am in a pickle. A Little Life is a book so epic in its scope, so challenging in its subject matter and frankly so devastating that the simple act of writing a review of it has me stumped. Where do I begin? How do I do this modern classic (and internet favourite) justice?… Continue reading A Little Life: A Not So Small Tale of Male Friendship And What It Is To Be Human

The Girl Who Smiled Beads: An authentic, honest and fresh story about war and its effects

Having read Clemantine Wamariya  harrowing, human and ultimately hopeful account of her childhood as a refugee fleeing the civil war in Rwanda I’m genuinely unsure how to write a review. Partly because the central theme of this story is Warmariya attempt to find her voice, to take the pain and suffering of her young life… Continue reading The Girl Who Smiled Beads: An authentic, honest and fresh story about war and its effects

Deeplight: Deeply enthralling YA Fantasy

I don’t read young adult books, well not since I was a teenager and I won’t say how long ago that was. So imagine my surprise when having picked Deeplight by Frances Harding on Netgalley I saw that it was a YA novel.  I toyed with not reading it, thinking that I don’t really like… Continue reading Deeplight: Deeply enthralling YA Fantasy

The Familiars: A sumptuous gothic tale based on real historical events

My mother always said I cared too much what people thought, but really I cared too much about what people said, especially when my back was turned. Thoughts were private, rumour was not…”  You’re probably noticing a bit of a theme with my recent reviews - namely that I have raved about every single book.… Continue reading The Familiars: A sumptuous gothic tale based on real historical events

The Binding: The Perfect Marriage of Magical Realism and Historical Fiction

Spellbound - it’s one of those cliche things you say about books isn’t it - “Reading this left me spellbound” or “It’s a spellbinding read.” It works because as readers we understand what is meant, that this book drew you in, cast you under its magic and left you feeling bereft and lost without the… Continue reading The Binding: The Perfect Marriage of Magical Realism and Historical Fiction

The World That We Knew: Using folklore to explore the darkness hours of human history

I’ll begin by saying that this is probably one of the best books I read last year. In fact it has taken me so long to write a review because I really don’t have the words to say how incredible this novel was.  This piece of magical realism is set in the Second World War,… Continue reading The World That We Knew: Using folklore to explore the darkness hours of human history