REVIEW: Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx

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Within a mile Ennis felt like someone was pulling his guts out hand over hand a yard at a time. He stopped at the side of the road and, in the whirling new snow, tried to puke but nothing came up. He felt about as bad as he ever had and it took a long time or the feeling to wear off.”

Annie Proulx, Brokeback Mountain, (1997)

There’s a line in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar that stuck with me as I read it and never quite left: “I wanted to crawl between those black lines of print the way you crawl through a fence.” It’s something I look for in the books and stories I read, something I found in Plath’s prose: total immersion in language. I’m not sure if it’s a sensation, a feeling, or both, but I found it again in Brokeback Mountain. Continue reading “REVIEW: Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx”

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BOOKISH BITES: Coconut and Lemon Cake

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If you’re a baker and you haven’t visited Sally’s Baking Addiction then you probably haven’t lived (in culinary terms). It is a revelation, packed full of the most amazing recipes from three tier brownies to blueberry muffins. I’m not sure how I haven’t ballooned in size or given myself diabetes after discovering the website because my willpower is frankly non-existent when it comes to glorious sugary treats. Continue reading “BOOKISH BITES: Coconut and Lemon Cake”

REVIEW: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

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“People don’t change,” Nina said bitterly. “They just get more punctilious about hiding their true selves.”

Ruth Ware, In a Dark, Dark Wood (2015)

Nora hasn’t seen Clare since she was sixteen-years-old. Now, she’s a twenty-six year old crime writer living in London. Out of the blue she’s invited to Clare’s hen weekend at a house deep in the woods but not her wedding. She’s torn between reconnecting with her childhood friend and leaving the past behind her. Despite the ten years of silence she feels obligated to the friend who helped her through a painful break-up and with Clare’s intense maid of honour pressuring her to respond, she caves and decides to go. Continue reading “REVIEW: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware”

MISC: Spring Cleaning

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DSC_1419I’m not one to follow trends, which is probably why I’ve decided to spring clean in July instead of in the spring. I’m also a hoarder by nature, so if I don’t set aside three or four days a year to sort through the things I’ve collected I can run out of room pretty quickly. I started on my chest of drawers today- it’s looking a lot less like a magpie’s nest now that I have put some things away. But, the big change today is my blog.

I’ve been blogging on WordPress since January without really ever changing anything. So in line with my spring cleaning activities I thought I would spruce it up a bit and change the layout. I’ve also added About and Review pages so you can get to know me and find my reviews a little easier (and see what reviews I’m planning in the future?).

What do you think?

BOOKISH FINDS: Poetic Potential

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Poetry can seem intimidating. It does to me, and even though I’ve dipped my toe in poetic waters there’s still things I don’t understand. There are some poems I love and just as many that I don’t but I think it’s important to at least try it because once you find a poet you love it’s a whole different experience. Here are four different poetry collections I’ve enjoyed and what I’ve learned from them as a budding poet: Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: Poetic Potential”

REVIEW: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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“Sometimes writing is running downhill, your fingers jerking behind you on the keyboard the way your legs do when they can’t quite keep up with gravity.”

Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl (2013)

Fangirl is this month’s book for the #GGbookclub

Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl was such a nostalgic read for me. It’s the story of identical twins Cath and Wren who look the same but are completely different. When their mother left home they handled her absence in entirely different ways. Cath escaped into fiction while Wren hid herself among other people. Both share a love of Simon Snow, a magical book series that is soon to release its final instalment. Over the years, the girls have contributed to the books active fanfiction community, and as they leave to start college, Cath is writing her biggest fic yet, Carry On which has thousands of online readers. College tests their relationship with each other, with their father and the people around them. Perhaps for Cath the biggest challenge of all is compromising between fanfiction and real life. Continue reading “REVIEW: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell”