Classic Novels For People Who Don’t Like Classic Novels

Have you ever seen those articles that are like ‘100 novels you ABSOLUTELY MUST read before you die’?? And there’s always ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy’, or worse ‘Middlemarch‘. That’s what I’m trying to avoid here. If you’re someone that has tried reading those big novels in the English canon but you actuallyContinue reading “Classic Novels For People Who Don’t Like Classic Novels”

Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo

No-one sums up Bernardine Evaristo’s novel quite like the author herself: ‘this is about being together’ It’s my first five-star review! I would like to begin by requesting that if you have not yet read this book, please go and put it on your list right now. Please. Bernadine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other is theContinue reading “Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo”

Book Club Round 1 – Brave New World

The people have spoken! Our first book club title is Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, a dystopian thriller that has been on my reading list for ages. I’m so excited! So my plan is to schedule a discussion for around 6 weeks time (26-28th June) although this is totally flexible – just message me ifContinue reading “Book Club Round 1 – Brave New World”

A Few Non-Fiction Recommendations

When I was younger, whenever I heard the word ‘non-fiction’ my brain would immediately equate it to ‘boring’. However, younger-me was uninformed and completely wrong, so ignore her. This short list of brilliant non-fiction books spans all genres from anthropology, to art and true crime.  In Cold Blood – Truman Capote  Upon hearing about theContinue reading “A Few Non-Fiction Recommendations”

Team Edward: Rereading Twilight after 10 years

When Stephanie Meyer announced that a new Twilight novel, Midnight Sun, would be coming out in August, she unearthed a part of me that had been buried for a decade: my Twilight phase.  Although my original copy of Twilight is long gone, I ordered another so that I could get to the bottom of whyContinue reading “Team Edward: Rereading Twilight after 10 years”

Cho Nam-Joo – Kim Ji-Young, Born 1982

Reaching the end of Kim Ji-Young, Born 1982, I wanted to lob Cho Nam-Joo’s 2016 novel across my room. That’s not because I didn’t love it, but because I found it frustrating. Cho’s story of the life of an ordinary Korean woman, from birth to grave, will resonate with women of all ages, of everyContinue reading “Cho Nam-Joo – Kim Ji-Young, Born 1982”