The Penelopiad – Margaret Atwood

“But I’ve always been of a determined nature. Patient, they used to call me. I like to see a thing through to the end.” You know you’re in for a treat when you come across a retelling of a Greek myth by Margaret Atwood. I love the magical, escapist nature of the Greek myths with…

So Much Life Left Over – Louis de Bernières

“War makes everything simple. There’s a tunnel in front of you and you put your head down, and you struggle forward for the light at the end of it, one bloody impossible step at a time, and it frees you up somehow.” I have always liked Louis de Bernières. I loved the flowing, heart warming…

Books That Matter Book Box

I had been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the my Books That Matter book box for a while. This is a brand new subscription box and it has a seriously exciting concept. The subscription boxes will be focused on empowerment, aiming to support women and NB folk. For just £12 a month, you will get…

The Gloaming – Kirsty Logan

“To stay in the gloaming is to hold off the night. But if the night never comes, then neither can the day.” One of my favourite things to do is to read books with no idea of the plot or blurb. You can dive in without the heavy knowledge of other people’s good (or bad)…

The Awakening – Kate Chopin

“He could see plainly that she was not herself. That is, he could not see that she was becoming herself and daily casting aside that fictitious self which we assume like a garment with which to appear before the world.” When The Awakening was published in 1899, it caused a huge scandal. Chopin had previously…

Laughter in the Dark – Vladimir Nabokov

“A certain man once lost a diamond cuff-link in the wide blue sea, and twenty years later, on the exact day, a Friday apparently, he was eating a large fish – but there was no diamond inside. That’s what I like about coincidence.” ― Vladimir Nabokov, Laughter in the Dark This is the first novel…

Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie

“Everything else you can live around, but not death. Death you have to live through.” ― Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire I was eagerly following the Womens Prize ceremony last week. I’d only read one of the shortlisted books (The Idiot), which I really enjoyed, and so I was keen to find out who would win….

Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

“The road to Manderley lay ahead. There was no moon. The sky above our heads was inky black. But the sky on the horizon was not dark at all. It was shot with crimson, like a splash of blood. And the ashes blew towards us with the salt wind from the sea.” ― Daphne du…

The Idiot – Elif Batuman

I had been desperate to read this book ever since I saw it had been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize. The title also drew me in – it reminds me of Dostoevsky, and I love Dostoevsky. The story follows Selin, who has just started her studies at Harvard University. It is a story filled with…

Pride & Prejudice White Soup

Welcome to the first in my new series, #foodfrombooks. Last week, I went to see a lovely friend and we talked about my blogging. I have always been a lover of food and cooking, and I used to run a recipe blog called What To Have For Dinner Tonight. I really enjoyed sharing my recipes,…

The Beautiful Book Company Book Box

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye…

Decline and Fall – Evelyn Waugh

“…any one who has been to an English public school will always feel comparatively at home in prison. It is the people brought up in the gay intimacy of the slums, Paul learned, who find prison so soul destroying.” I have read Brideshead Revisited once, many years ago, but apart from that had never read…