You are my Beloved. You are mine. You are mine. – Reading Beloved by Toni Morrison

Spellbinding, heartbreaking, terrifying. Morrison’s masterpiece will literally leave you speechless. Ahh I haven’t written a blog post in a very, very long time so forgive me if my writing is a bit rusty. To be fair, I’m sure anyone trying to write about Toni Morrison’s Beloved (1987) has a hard time putting this novel intoContinue reading “You are my Beloved. You are mine. You are mine. – Reading Beloved by Toni Morrison”

Let’s get spooky – I read the Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

What, you’re telling me you’ve never spent the summer in a mysterious isolated house in the middle of nowhere with a group of people you don’t know after being invited by a doctor that you’ve never met? So, I started The Haunting of Hill House (1959) in July and never finished it. But with theContinue reading “Let’s get spooky – I read the Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson”

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”

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”

DUMP HIM! – Reviewing Rodham: What if Hillary Hadn’t Married Bill? by Curtis Sittenfeld

@BillClinton – I’d give this one a miss if I were you. When I heard that Curtis Sittenfeld had written an alternate version of the life of Hillary Rodham Clinton -minus the Clinton, obviously- my first thought was that it was a really ballsy novel to try and pull off. Did she succeed? A littleContinue reading “DUMP HIM! – Reviewing Rodham: What if Hillary Hadn’t Married Bill? by Curtis Sittenfeld”