2020, mental health, Reading

Why it’s so Hard to Read When You’re Experiencing Mental Health Problems

I love books and books have always been a part of who I was. Years ago, when one of my friends was asked to describe me, in a game that a group of us were playing, he said "well...she's always doing something vaguely bookish." I was the stereotypical bookworm as a child, reading way past… Continue reading Why it’s so Hard to Read When You’re Experiencing Mental Health Problems

Blog, Books, Libraries, Next, Reading, TBR

Iconic Lists of Books You HAVE to read….

"200 books you HAVE to read before you die" "If you've read THESE books then you're a book addict!" "100 Classics that you HAVE to read" "Top 10 reads for this summer" I'm sure you've all seen these lists before and sometimes clicked on them, noted the titles you've read and come away feeling happy; … Continue reading Iconic Lists of Books You HAVE to read….

2018, Bookish, Controversial, Naughty, Reading Habits

Why I Always Read the Last Page…First #ReadingHabits

OK - that might be a slight exaggeration but with the majority of books I read I do flick to the last page so I know how it ends. I relish in doing things that are "naughty" and this may be the naughtiest thing I do, by members of the book community anyway. I don't… Continue reading Why I Always Read the Last Page…First #ReadingHabits

2017, Blog Tour, Bookish, Reviews, TBR

Two Cousins of Azov by Andrea Bennett #BookReview #BlogTour

This warm and engaging read caught me by surprise. I read this right after reading The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce and was struck by the similar relatable and comforting prose. The story is about two men in their twilight years who have to work through darkness in their past to come to a peaceful… Continue reading Two Cousins of Azov by Andrea Bennett #BookReview #BlogTour

2017, Baileys Prize, Bookish, Books, Next, Reviews

The Dark Circle by Linda Grant #bookreview #BaileysPrize

The Dark Circle is a compelling read. It tells us the story of twin siblings Lenny and Miriam Lynskey, who are diagnosed with tuberculosis and shuttled to a sanitarium in Kent where they are subject to idle days and wondering if they'll fall victim to a diseases that's traditionally fatal. The year is 1949 and the… Continue reading The Dark Circle by Linda Grant #bookreview #BaileysPrize

2017, Bookish, Books, Libraries, Neil Gaiman

Why I Love Neil Gaiman

Ever since a friend of mine at school handed me Coraline, way back in 2002 I've been hooked on Gaiman's unique brand of fantasy writing. The fantastical worlds that could be at the end of your garden or just over the wall felt so close and so real. Having been a Terry Pratchett fan from… Continue reading Why I Love Neil Gaiman