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…

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 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…

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…

Brushstrokes in Time – Sylvia Vetta

“I come into this world Bringing only paper, rope, a shadow.” My Bank Holiday Monday has not quite gone the way I expected it to. I had planned a Spring clean, preparations for the coming week at work, perhaps a walk. None of this has yet happened. I have instead read, from start to finish,…

30 Books To Read Before You’re 30 (part two)

This is part two of my list of 30 books to read before you’re 30 (the big day is coming around all too quickly for me…). If you haven’t read part one, you can find it here. So, without further delay, here are numbers 16 – 30: 16. The Old Man and The Sea –…

30 Books To Read Before You’re 30 (part one)

With my 30th birthday looming soon, I’ve compiled a list of the books I think are important to read before you’re 30. Some are on the list for the intellectual development they provide, some simply for the pure joy of their entertainment. In no particular order, here is part one…(part two here) 1. The Hitchhiker’s…

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

“Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.” This book has been in the media a lot recently because of a new adaptation coming soon to television (or is it out already? I’m usually a few months behind when it comes to tv…). I read it recently and have struggled to…