Confession with Blue Horses... About the Book: Set in Berlin during the dying days of communism, this is an exploration of a family cruelly torn apart, and the consequences that seep through generations. Tobi and Ella's childhood in East Berlin is shrouded in mystery. Now adults living in London, their past in full of unanswered … Continue reading Book Review: Confession With Blue Horses by Sophie Hardach
By now, regular readers will have gotten wind that I'm a Shakespeare tragic. Combine this with my love of collecting beautiful books, and you get this: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare is an elegant edition boasting the entire credited catalogue of William Shakespeare including 16 comedies, 10 histories, 12 tragedies, as well as all … Continue reading Book Review: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Beastings... About the Book: Winner of the Portico Prize for Literature and the Northern Writers' Award A girl and a baby. A priest and a poacher. A savage pursuit through the landscape of a changing rural England. When a teenage girl leaves the workhouse and abducts a child placed in her care, the local priest … Continue reading Book Review: Beastings by Benjamin Myers
Island on the Edge of the World... About the Book: From the author of the international bestseller The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul, comes a captivating story set in the colourful but chaotic land of Haiti, as four very different women work together to find a lost child. Haiti. A poor country rich in courage, … Continue reading #BlogTour: Island on the Edge of the World by Deborah Rodriguez
There Was Still Love... About the Book: A tender and masterfully told story of memory, family and love. Prague, 1938: Eva flies down the street from her sister. Suddenly a man steps out, a man wearing a hat. Eva runs into him, hits the pavement hard. His hat is in the gutter. His anger slaps … Continue reading Book Review: There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett
This week I’ve been revisiting Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass in preparation for November’s #6degrees. I don’t tend to review books twice, so instead, I thought I’d dust off this reflection I wrote a couple of years ago and re-share. It all still holds true!
Today I’m talking about how I fell down the rabbit hole of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, and why I stayed there.
I’ve always been rather partial to quirk. Quirky stories, quirky movies, quirky songs, quirky TV shows. If it’s a little bit weird or a little bit out there, then there’s a good chance that I’ll like it. I’ve had this trait for as long as I can remember and I have no doubt that this predilection for anything odd is what drew me to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in the first place.
As a child, I was always on the scrounge for books to read. My Pop was a bit of a reader and he had this cabinet on the porch which was chockers full of old books. Seriously old books, with pages that had gone far beyond the point of…
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The Bee and the Orange Tree... About the Book: It’s 1699, and the salons of Paris are bursting with the creative energy of fierce, independent-minded women. But outside those doors, the patriarchal forces of Louis XIV and the Catholic Church are moving to curb their freedoms. In this battle for equality, Baroness Marie Catherine D’Aulnoy … Continue reading Book Review: The Bee and the Orange Tree by Melissa Ashley
The Dutch House... About the Book: Danny Conroy grows up in the Dutch House, a lavish mansion. Though his father is distant and his mother is absent, Danny has his beloved sister Maeve: Maeve, with her wall of black hair, her wit, her brilliance. Life is coherent, played out under the watchful eyes of the … Continue reading Book Review: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Another horizontal line filled on my card. Bingo! Themes of Science Fiction: Rogue by A.J. Betts I know that dystopian fiction seems to have morphed into a genre of its own but it has its genesis in science fiction, so with keeping this in mind, I was able to easily slot Rogue, book 2 of … Continue reading #BookBingo – Round 22
Maggie’s Going Nowhere… About the Book: Maggie’s Going Nowhere is a fierce and funny debut introducing a thoroughly relatable and offbeat heroine. If you enjoy Fleabag, you'll adore Maggie! 'A compulsive and hilarious read. In Maggie, Hartley has created one of those indelible characters of whom we must thoroughly disapprove and yet cannot help but … Continue reading #BRPreview Book Review: Maggie’s Going Nowhere by Rose Hartley