2020: A year in books

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

Otterly Amazing Reads: The Other Boleyn Girl

… 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

Anne Brontë: The Forgotten Sister and Firebrand Feminist

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

The Pull of the Stars: An Account of the 1918 Flu Which Feels Eerily and Uncannily Familiar

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

My Top Historical Fiction Reads

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

The Dutch House: An Epic Family Tale Told In Intimate Detail

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

Review: Conjure Women

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

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