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

Otterly Amazing Reads: Possession

I’m back with a brand new Otterly Amazing Read and today it’s a fabulous novel by one of my favourite writers (though I confess she is a bit of a marmite author - you either love her or hate her).  That author is A.S.Byatt and the book is the utterly magical Possession.  If you follow… Continue reading Otterly Amazing Reads: Possession

Classic Fiction For The Spooky Season

The autumn feels like a perfect time to curl up with a classic, something about those back to school and cosy vibes. I have currently found myself falling back in love with reading classic fiction; the lush language and memorable characters are what reading is all about (for me). And obviously classics are classics because… Continue reading Classic Fiction For The Spooky Season

Historical Fiction: Autumn Edit (part two)

In my last blog I shared with you the historical fiction which I’m most looking forward to reading over the coming months. This time it’s all about the spooky and autumnal reads that I highly recommend: The Familiars A tale of witchcraft, suspense and familiars, the front cover of Stacey Hall's debut immediately screams autumn… Continue reading Historical Fiction: Autumn Edit (part two)

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?