I read to books last week and coincidentally both had sibling relationships at their centre, and they were positive relationships. They supported each other, protected each other and made each other laugh. They were brother and sister, or sister and sister, or brother and brother, but they were also friends. That’s not to say their relationships were perfect. Siblings can be your closest allies and an acute pain in the bum. The problem is they know how to push your buttons, they know things your parents don’t about you and that gives them leverage, and they don’t always agree with you. As one of three children, I can confirm all this is true, but that’s what’s great about siblings. Even when they annoy you and tease you, they’ll still stick up for you when it counts. Continue reading “READING LISTS: Siblings in Fiction”
Today is International Women’s Day so I thought what better way to bookishly commemorate the day than by sharing some of my favourite women writers and their works. There are quite a few of them, and I could probably waffle on about Jane Austen for as long as anyone would listen, it could be days, so I’m going to limit myself to five authors that I love, and five authors that I’d like to read. Spoiler alert though: Jane Austen will feature and their will be some gushing involved. Sorry. Continue reading “READING LISTS: International Women’s Day”
The last couple of years I’ve set myself a reading list to tick off. The goal is to read some books on my TBR that are dusted in cobwebs, or pick up a book that I normally wouldn’t. The problem is that I rarely stick to it. So many books get published each year that catch my eye. Books get given to me, or I buy them spontaneously (it’s about the only spontaneous thing I do) and even though I have the best intentions, sometimes telling yourself ‘I have to read this book’ can put you off. Continue reading “MISC: Reading List Round-up 2017 & 2018 Reading List”
Halloween is the day when all the ghouls come out to play. I know, I know, but for some of us who couldn’t say ‘boo’ to a ghost, it means dodging all the horror films that your friends want to watch during a movie marathon and miserably failing. If horror films scare you like they scare me, than you’ve probably had to sit for two hours staring at your lap and occasionally peeked at the screen to see if it was over.
I’m not a complete monster, I do give sweets to trick-o-treaters, but my preferred film on Halloween is The Rocky Horror Picture Show and if I’m going to read, I lean towards the Gothic rather than the scary. Halloween is also puts me in a fantasy mood too, so I love delving into a magical story at the end of October.
So if you don’t revel in fright night, here are some books that will keep you entertained and your heart rate (mostly) steady. Continue reading “READING LISTS: Halloween Picks (If you don’t like a fright)”
If you’re anything like me then you probably have an unhealthy attachment to most books. You can’t bear to get rid of them, even though their piled up under your bed, in your cupboard, one literary Jenga game waiting to tumble down and knock you senseless. You would probably still love them even then. But, like with most of the objects we collect, there are certain books that mean something more to me. It might be to do with the writing, the way a book makes me feel, or it might be because it was a gift, or I read it at a certain time. So, what with the dreaded move which involved a look of book lifting and rearranging, I thought now would be the perfect time to revisit some of the books that have a special meaning to me. Continue reading “READING LISTS: Books That Have Sentimental Value”
Mental Health Awareness month was back in May, and in honour of that month I decided to read Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. Over the past year of blogging, I’ve realised I can be a little less varied than I’d like to be in my reading, and now that I’m reaching the end of my dissertation, I feel like I can finally start to branch out. My mental health is something that I often take for granted, it’s not something I have to think about much, and that can mean that I forget not everyone is the same. These are six books I’ve read that have changed my perception of mental health. Continue reading “READING LISTS: Mental Health in Books”
If you know my, you’ll know I very rarely re-read anything. I have a trusty copy of The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky that I open every now and again when I’m looking for comfort and Conversations with the Fat Girl by Liza Palmer when I need a boost, but other than that once I pick up a book I very rarely read it again. I’m not sure it its because I feel so far behind a lot of the time, I don’t always read books when they come out, or whether it’s just that once I’ve closed the cover I don’t feel the need to pick it up again, but re-reading is one of those things I very rarely do, like going to the gym and eating low-fat yogurt.
So, I had a think about the books I would re-read if I ever got round to it and surprisingly there were more YA books than I expected. Continue reading “READING LISTS: 10 Books I’d Like to Re-read”