Rather than a list of recommendations, this article is more of a personal reflection on my experience with the true crime genre. While I initially felt a bit dubious about true crime and its ethical issues, I’m now utterly addicted to the genre and I think it has the power to transform how we think about justice. I hope you enjoy reading… Continue reading A Beginner Enters the True Crime World (Magazine Article)
Rating: 3 stars
Genre: Literary, Semi-autobiographical
Summary: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a semi-autobiographical bildungsroman novel that draws upon the author’s own childhood and life experiences. In a small Northern town in the 1950s and 60s, Jeanette is being raised by her formidable mother as a good Christian girl who dreams of becoming a missionary.
However, after falling in love with one of her female converts, Jeanette embarks on a series of lesbian love affairs that will force her to confront the darker sides of her community. Determined not to choose between her love of women and her calling as a preacher, she must fight to retain her identity, sexuality, and faith intact. Continue reading Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson: Quirky Lesbian Coming-of-Age Tale
This week I’m celebrating 4 years of blogging here at Miscellany Pages! To be honest, I started this blog because I thought it would look good on my personal statement when I was applying for university. I had no intention for it to become a significant part of my life. But I fell in love with the writing process and the ever-inspirational book blogging community, … Continue reading Miscellany Pages Turns 4!
Rating: 4 stars
Category: Literary fiction
Summary: In 1980, Elise follows her lover Connie from London to LA, where Connie’s novel is being adapted into a major film. Their stormy love affair will leave its mark on the city.
Three decades later, Rose is on the trail of the mother who left when she was a baby. The only clue she has is a book by elusive novelist Constance Holden, who may hold the key to why her mother left everything behind. Continue reading The Confession by Jessie Burton: Emotive Literary Drama
July is the anniversary of the first Women’s Right’s convention, so I thought it would be the perfect time to share this article I wrote about my favourite non-fiction feminist books! Featuring Roxane Gay, Helena Kennedy, Chelsea Kwakye, Ore Ogunbiyi, Michelle Obama and Mariam Khan… Continue reading Non-Fiction Books to Fortify Your Feminism (Magazine Article)
Rating: 3 stars
Summary: When Libby inherits a mansion from the biological parents she never knew, it offers life-changing possibilities and the ticket out of her dead-end job. However, this once-lavish house holds the story of Libby’s first months of life, and she can’t sell until the truth is uncovered.
A newspaper article records how the house became infamous decades ago, when three adults were found dead in what was suspected to be a cult-related suicide pact. Concerned locals reported children living there too, but their identities were unknown and no trace of them remained. These missing children could be the only family Libby has ever known: the question is whether they want to be found. Continue reading The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell: Thriller-Edition Escapism
Hi everyone – I’m back!!! I took a hiatus for the past few months as things got pretty intense while I was finishing my English Literature degree. I’ve now submitted my last assignments and I’m really looking forward to getting back into book blogging, and catching up on all of your lovely posts!
For the first post of my return, I wanted to share the 10 most important things I learnt from studying literature… Continue reading 10 Things I Learned from Studying Literature
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
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
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