All the fun of the fair (or circus)

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)

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

Reading and Empathy:Can reading fiction make you a more empathetic person?

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?

Review: The Mercies

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

Historical Fiction: Where Do I Begin?

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?

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

Otterly Amazing Reads: The Night Circus

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

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

Otterly Amazing Reads: The Bell Jar and Milk and Honey

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