Hi everyone! I hope you’re all doing okay in these very strange times. I’ve just started the final semester of my English Literature degree and I’m already feeling a bit overwhelmed. Between day-to-day uni work, assessments, blogging, writing for the magazine and running my book club, it’s all got a bit much and seems there aren’t enough hours in a day. Unfortunately, something had to … Continue reading Hiatus Announcement
Rating: 4 stars
Summary: Sarah Krasnostein first meets Sandra Pankhurst at a forensic services conference, where Sandra is promoting her trauma cleaning company. The lives (and deaths) touched by Sandra through her work, from murder victims to obsessive hoarders, immediately make an impression and inspire Krasnostein to learn more.
There is one story, however, that will become the greatest fascination – one that holds all of these other disconnected and diverse lives together. It is the story of the trauma cleaner herself. Continue reading The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein: Brave and Compassionate Biography
It absolutely made my day when the lovely Siena @ Booksophobia nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I think it is a wonderful idea to find out more about the bloggers whose posts we read every day. My answers are below… Continue reading The Sunshine Blogger Award
Are you obsessed with YA fantasy? My good friend from book club Laura is in the process of writing a novel in this genre and she’s looking for feedback on the first part. There are all manner of fantasy beings, royal politics and some incredible world-building in just the first five chapters – what’s not to love?!? Continue reading Calling all YA Fantasy Fans!
My magazine articles mostly consist of book reviews and bookish content, but for this month I decided to share one of my other passions – blogging! Follow the link below to view the article and let me know what you think. Would you add anything to my list of reasons to start blogging? What made you first create your blog? Continue reading Why You Should Start a Blog in 2021 (Magazine Article)
For our December meeting, my book club had the theme ‘Best of 2020’ and voted on an award-winning book to read. We ended up choosing Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams which won the British Book Award – I loved it and you can read my review here!
However, the time I spent trawling through different book award shortlists to put our poll together got me thinking – do book awards really matter? Continue reading Book Awards: Love Them or Loathe Them? Join the Debate!
Rating: 4 stars
Category: Literary fiction
Following a sort-of breakup with her boyfriend, Queenie enters full rebound mode. But as she trawls dating apps, she soon realises that hooking up is hard enough without the added problem of racial fetishisation. To make things even worse her old-fashioned relatives view therapy as shameful and her boss at the magazine isn’t letting her write about anything she genuinely cares about.
As she bounces haplessly from one poor decision to another, Queenie realises that there’s nothing like hitting rock bottom to give you a whole new set of priorities. Continue reading Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams: Character-Driven, Witty and Vulnerable
Happy New Year! For my first post of 2021, I decided to put together a list of the 10 books I am most excited to read this year. January is brightening up just thinking of them! Wishing you all a year of happiness in both the real and fictional world… Continue reading Top 10 Books I Can’t Wait to Read in 2021!
Well, 2020 has been a year I think most of us would rather forget! I hope you and your loved ones are all safe and well. In the midst of the chaos, we’ve all come to appreciate books even more, with their reassuring constancy and the opportunity they provide to escape reality for a bit.
So without further ado, in no particular order (because I am extremely indecisive!) here are the top 10 books that helped me survive 2020… Continue reading My Top 10 Books of 2020!
Diversity and representation has always been a key issue for my book blog, and I took this interest into the film world for my latest magazine article. Follow the link for a varied list of Christmas films that don’t all consist of white nuclear families! Continue reading 5 Diverse Christmas Films to Watch this Holiday Season