Books To Look Forward To In 2021

Whilst this year might not be starting in the best of ways with Covid-19 and its repercussions still hanging over us (namely yet another lockdown) I think this challenging time brings with it an opportunity to slow down and pick up a good book (or books). And there are a lot of books to look… Continue reading Books To Look Forward To In 2021

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

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)

Historical Fiction: Autumn Edit (part one)

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)

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

A Q&A With Blotted Ink Books

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

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