Ohh, she’s COMMUNIST communist – Reading Guns Under the Bed by Jody Forrester

USA. LBJ. LSD. We’re going back to the swinging 60s, except this time, McCarthyism is long gone so we’re joining a hierarchical communist revolutionary group, carrying ammunition and sticking it to the man, comrade. A few weeks ago, the lovely people at Odyssey Books sent me Jody Forrester’s new book, Guns Under the Bed, toContinue reading “Ohh, she’s COMMUNIST communist – Reading Guns Under the Bed by Jody Forrester”

The Bell Jar but make it Irish – Reading Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan

Just because she happens to be Irish, millennial and female, doesn’t mean you get to call Naoise Dolan Sally Rooney‘s twin. Hong Kong, deadpan prose and 275 pages of solipsism. This is Naoise Dolan’s debut novel and, although I’ve just made it sound a bit crap with that summary, Exciting Times is one of theContinue reading “The Bell Jar but make it Irish – Reading Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan”

Book Club Round 4 – People’s Choice

So the book club is back after, let’s be honest, the complete failure that was One Hundred Years of Solitude! Understandably, the majority of our members (myself very much included) struggled with last month’s entry. Thoughts and questions about it are on their way, but I think we were pretty surprised by just how denseContinue reading “Book Club Round 4 – People’s Choice”

Where do we go from here? – Reading and Reflecting with Intimations by Zadie Smith

Ruminating on 2020, Zadie Smith captures how we all feel right now – insecure, unsteady, remorseful of the lives and times lost. She also writes it better than we ever could. . There’s an honesty in the way Zadie Smith writes. A self-awareness that oftentimes strikes you as a little doubtful. This may come asContinue reading “Where do we go from here? – Reading and Reflecting with Intimations by Zadie Smith”

I read all 750 pages of Stephanie Meyer’s Midnight Sun so you don’t have to

“I do a good job of blocking painful, unnecessary things from my memory.” – Stephanie Meyer Must be nice, Stephanie. At the start of lockdown, Stephanie Meyer announced the August release of a new Twilight novel, Midnight Sun. In response, I decided to preorder Midnight Sun and reread the subject of my pre-teen fascination, Twilight.Continue reading “I read all 750 pages of Stephanie Meyer’s Midnight Sun so you don’t have to”

Every Book I Bought During Lockdown

After what can only be described as the longest and most crap year of our lives, finally, we seem to be coming out of the other side of lockdown. Unless you happen to live in the north of England, in which case – gutted. Anyway, I saw this idea on booksandquills Youtube channel and hadContinue reading “Every Book I Bought During Lockdown”

It’s Alive! – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Hollywood really did Mary Shelley dirty on this one. Whenever people talk about Frankenstein they usually say something along the lines of, “It’s not what you think it’s about!! I swear!!”, but like…it’s really not what you think it’s about, I swear. What I’d envisioned was a giant green man with bolts in his neckContinue reading “It’s Alive! – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley”

The Original Fanfic? Reading Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys

Antoinette really is the girl he told you not to worry about. *WARNING* this review will 100% spoil the entire plot of Jane Eyre for you so stop reading right this second if you don’t want to ruin it for yourself xx Charlotte Bronte’s ‘mad woman in the attic’ is a gothic plot device noContinue reading “The Original Fanfic? Reading Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys”

Book Club Round 2 – Thoughts and Questions on Queenie

Poignant, important and an absolute laugh and a half; Candice Carty-William’s debut, Queenie, is a firecracker of a novel. Before I tell you why I loved Queenie so much, let’s start with a few questions to get the ball rolling: 1) We’re introduced to Queenie as she undergoes a sexual health checkup. What were yourContinue reading “Book Club Round 2 – Thoughts and Questions on Queenie”

Book Club Round 3 – Escapism

The people have spoken! Our book club pick for August is the incredible One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. We are in for an absolute treat this month! Written by Nobel Prize winning author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude is considered his masterpiece: ‘…the story of seven generations ofContinue reading “Book Club Round 3 – Escapism”