Questioning the Canon: T.S. Eliot and Adrienne Rich
Questioning the Canon is a new feature in which I hope to bring to light lesser-known books about a certain issue, which can be read alongside or instead of infamous ‘classics’. Today, I will be comparing the poetry of T.S. Eliot and Adrienne Rich… Continue reading Questioning the Canon: T.S. Eliot and Adrienne Rich
Rating: 5 stars
Category: Literary fiction
Synopsis: In Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo intertwines twelve lives – mostly black, British women. Their voices range from Hattie, an ancient mixed-race grandma struggling to keep her family farm and her pride along with it, to Amma, a black lesbian playwright whose radical work is showing at the National Theatre for the first time.
Through this lively spectrum of characters, Evaristo explores the nuances of identity, connection, and what it means to be proud of who you are. Continue reading Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo: Because One Voice is Never Enough
I am once again appealing to the amazing book blogging community for help with one of my English Literature degree projects! For my course on Modern & Contemporary poetry, I am collating an anthology that explores the link between poems and popular culture. Continue reading Poetry & Popular Culture Project: Call to Action
External link to Funny Books to Cheer You Up in Lockdown
Rating: 5 stars
Theo has just started a new job at The Grove, a psychiatric unit for violent female criminals. Top of the list of new patients he must take on is Alicia. Alicia seemed to have it all – a flourishing career as an artist and a loving husband – until the night she shot him in the head. Since that fateful night, Alicia has refused to speak a word.
Disentangling Alicia’s past and the motives for her crime is not going to be easy – especially when The Grove is hiding secrets of its own. Continue reading The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides: Stand-Out Thriller that Deserves the Hype
I read an article recently about how book sales have been affected by COVID-19: apparently, dystopian fiction is flying off the virtual shelves, especially if it deals with a pandemic. Frankly, I don’t understand this at all – I’m looking for books that take me away from the current crisis and provide some light-hearted escapism.
So, for those of you who share my induced dystopia-phobia, I’ve compiled this list of books guaranteed to bring laughs, conversation topics and much-needed comic relief… Continue reading Funny Books to Cheer You Up in Lockdown
Rating: 3 stars
Petra Kolber began her career as a fitness instructor, but she soon began to notice the impact perfectionism was having on the women she coached. Now she runs perfection detox workshops built around her 21-step programme, which aims to support women in the journey towards embracing their flawed, imperfect, yet wonderfully unique selves.
The Perfection Detox is subtitled ‘Tame Your Inner Critic, Live Bravely, and Unleash Your Joy’ – I think we could all use some of that! Continue reading The Perfection Detox by Petra Kolber: Motivational Guide for Breaking Free from Perfectionism
The Mystery Blogger Award (II)
I was over the moon when the lovely Emer @ A Little Haze Book Blog nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award! Thank you so much for the nomination Emer – my answers are below… Continue reading The Mystery Blogger Award (II)