High expectations can often destroy what would have been a good read. It started so well and I found myself strongly reminded of The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah but by the time we reached the middle the shine had worn off. Continue Reading --->
I had a landmark birthday yesterday and I'm still not sure what I feel about it. Time will tell but I guess it's all downhill from now on ;). In the UK the rain has finally stopped and we have been gifted with some lovely sunny days, I just wish I could get back into... Continue Reading →
Title: Malibu Rising Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid Genres: Historical, Pages: 384 Expected Publication Date: June 1, 2021 Source: Netgalley ★★★★★ A lifetime holding it together.One party will bring it crashing down.Malibu: August, 1983. It's the day of Nina Riva's annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the... Continue Reading →
It is a true cliche that the British are always talking about the weather, because it's constantly changing and looking through my Sunday post titles I am no different. It may be that the when I look over my laptop screen, it is outside two french doors into the garden. Yes it has been raining... Continue Reading →
I am not normally a huge reader of YA but the premise of this one really grabbed me. I love the fact that it is set in the modern world, in the world of laptops, smartphones and social media but our protagonist Anna is kept apart from most of it by her overbearing Aunt. It is told in the third person from Anna 16 year old perspective with occasional italic flashbacks to earlier times. You could make comparisons to Harry Potter but this is much darker and much more realistic.
The weather has continued to be wet and I have been equally lazy, I did find a small window to mow the laws however as the dandelion clocks were starting to take over. On the plus side the lockdown is easing again tomorrow and cafe's and restaurants will be open again, I don't know where... Continue Reading →
What could be more Gothic than a Victorian lunatic asylum. Mental health care at that time was in it's infancy, a thing of abuses and punishment in the guise of treatment and symptom control and this is where we find Maude. A story within a story. The first timeline is set in the asylum and the second italicized timeline is Maud's unearthed memories of her life before. Under hypnosis she gradually remembers working as an assistant to an elderly scientist with crazy, overtly religious servants, a incongruous wife in a house out of the hammer-horror movies. Continue Reading --->
I have been very lazy this week, and I am using the rain as an excuse. Apart from one walk after work and a good cycle ride a couple of days ago I have been sitting on my arse reading. Hence why I finished three books this week. Something actually happened this week, I have... Continue Reading →
Memoirs are not easy books to review but this is not so much a diary, but the writers thoughts on her life. It is beautifully written, part travel journal, part literature and movie review, part essay on motherhood once your children no longer need you. This is a woman I would very much like to hang out with sometime, but chances are her memoirs are as good as its going to get.
I can't quite believe we are at the beginning of May already, one third of the year is behind us already. The Easter Holidays were good and seeing my parents for the first time in a year was a definite highlight. This week spring seems to be turning into early summer but as this April... Continue Reading →
I loved this book and found it hard to put it down. Told in two first person accounts one from Grace, a spinster who makes her living by cutting or painting silhouette portraits otherwise known as shades. The other voice is Pearl and through here eyes see the shady world of Victorian spiritualism. She is a young girl, a spirit medium tightly controlled and abused by her older sister. Continue Reading --->
Life is plodding on. The return to the school routine was fairly effortless. I keep on thinking I will take advantage of the new freedoms of being able to go shopping somewhere other than Tesco and the health food shop but I haven't bothered yet. I am not a huge fan of crowds so I... Continue Reading →