On the last day of 2020 I thought I would do a bit of a look back over the books I’ve read and loved. I began my year by throwing myself into historical fiction and historical magical realism - genres which would see me through the tumultuous months to come. Deeplight by Frances Hardinge proved… Continue reading 2020: A year in books
… or thank you Phillipa Gregory for making me fall in love with historical fiction. Historical fiction has slowly become my go-to genre. Partly for the escapism it offers, or for the opportunity to take a step back into times which have always fascinated me. It’s rich in detail and always full of interesting characters. … Continue reading Otterly Amazing Reads: The Other Boleyn Girl
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
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
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?