A Marvellous Light is one of those books which seems like an absolute box ticker for me. Historical setting, tick. A hint of the magical, tick. Murder and mystery, double tick. And it comes with a seal of approval from the queen of literary fantasy Alix E. Harrow. This is the story of Robin Blyth [...]
Confessions of a bookstagrammer
Back with another #bookstagram themed blog for you all today. This time I am talking about confessions. Whilst I have dubbed these confessions I think a more accurate description would be characteristics of a bookstagrammer. Confession has a lot of negative connotations; it implies shame or embarrassment. And honestly, I don’t feel that there is [...]
Otterly Amazing Reads: Possession
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Otterly Amazing Reads: What Makes Historical Fiction?
April Wrap Up
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 [...]