I know very little about love. Most of the time I feel like I know very little about anything. I don’t know if I’ll ever have a career, or be able to afford my own home, or have a long-term relationship. Being a millennial seems to be largely about trying to figure it all out and when you’ve think you have someone’s gone and moved the goal posts. The comforting thing about reading Dolly Alderton’s memoir Everything I Know About Love is that I’m not alone in feeling this.It’s a memoir that covers a broad spectrum of topics, from friendships to relationships, from the perfect mac and cheese to Rod Stewart themed parties, from grief to hope. Continue reading “REVIEW: Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton”
Adam is preparing for Enzo’s leaving party and he has mixed feelings about it. They’ve drifted apart but Adam can’t forget what they once were to each other, no matter what Enzo says. For Adam their relationship was more than just messing around and he suspects it was the same for Enzo too, but now Enzo is moving away and any possibility that they might restart what was so abruptly finished seems less and less likely. Continue reading “REVIEWS: Release by Patrick Ness”
Last Friday I took the train home to spend the Bank Holiday weekend in bibliophile heaven: Hay-on-Wye. I packed light because I knew that buying books was just a possibility, it was a given. It was my second time visiting the festival and the little town bursting with bookshops, and the previous year I had gone into a manic frenzy, buying books after each event, queuing up for half an hour to get it signed and then rushing to the next talk. By the end of the May Bank Holiday in 2017 I had sixteen books, an alarmed mother, and a considerably lighter purse.
As a seasoned Hay-goer, this year I decided to take a slightly less intense approach. I booked slightly less events I asked myself whether or not I would read the books in the next year or so. I still haven’t read all the books I bought last year. Continue reading “MISC: Hay Festival 2018”
Does anyone know what happened to May? I’m pretty sure it snuck past me when my back was turned. I have been doing a lot of running around this month. I don’t think there was one weekend in May that I actually stayed at home. This is the first weekend in a while that I’ve done absolutely nothing! And by nothing I mean catching up on blogging and the admin of life. Continue reading “THAT’S A WRAP: May 2018”
Bath Festival had a brilliant line up this year, but sadly I had other commitments for a large portion of May so I was only able to go last weekend to catch Sarah Perry’s Change Maker talk in the wonderfully Gothic Masonic Arms. It seemed fitting that her talk was in a darkened room with thick oak panelling and velvet drapes along the stage. I almost felt as if I was sitting in a room from one of her atmospheric books. Continue reading “MISC: Sarah Perry at Bath Festival”
Auggie has been through more in his first few years on the planet than most people do in an entire lifetime. Born with a facial difference, he has had to endure endless surgeries and hospital stays. Up until now he has been home-schooled by his mother but things are about to change. Auggie is going to Beacher Prep and starting the 5th Grade. He’s wary of meeting his new classmates but Wonder shows that while children can be cruel they can also be encouragingly compassionate when adults aren’t. Continue reading “REVIEW: Wonder by R J Palacio”
I do a lot of my reading on the commute to work these days. Working in London, it’s easy to get pulled into the manic rush, to squeeze yourself onto trains, race to catch connections, run to catch a bus. More than once I’ve been swept up in the panic of missing a train but I try to remind myself it’s not wasted time. It’s more time I can spend reading and that can’t be a bad thing. On Monday I got caught out, reading the last ten pages of Sarah Perry’s After Me Comes The Flood at lunchtime and I didn’t want to head home without anything to read, so I headed down to Waterstones to pick up a few books. Ignoring the fact that currently I work in an office filled with books, because I am in serious denial about my book buying.
Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: Workday Reading”
Sal is like a Wes Anderson film but with more grit. It has all of the quirkiness and off beat humour, but it also has a serious edge and emotional depth. Sal takes her younger sister Peppa out into the Scottish wilderness not for an adventure but to escape. There is a novelty to their life among the trees – no school, no teachers, no rules – but there’s a gravity to it as well. For Sal, survival is her top priority and she achieves it will a practicality and focus that most adults lack. Continue reading “REVIEW: Sal by Mick Kitson”
Ancient history has always fascinated me, particularly relationships to the Gods. In Greek mythology the Gods were definitely the interfering type, not satisfied with watching the mortal world they often chose sides in wars and tried to swing things in their favour, or had brief romances with warriors or beautiful women that caught their eye. If you spurned them then things went south for you pretty quickly. It didn’t matter who you were. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller”
I have been a blogging ghost the past few months, dropping in occasionally to publish a post and then vanishing again for weeks. It’s not how I wanted to start my third year of blogging. Shame on me. But sometimes you just don’t have the time or energy and I’d hate to feel like I was just going through the motions, creating content just for the sake of it. I’d know and you’d know that my heart wasn’t in it.
HOWEVER, I am now catching up on my reviews and I’ve got my mojo back. So prepare for slightly more posts that you’ve had in the last few months. Don’t worry, I won’t bombard you with them. I don’t want you to get sick of me. No one wants that. So here’s a wrap up of the last three months (it looks slightly more impressive if I compile them than if I do them separately so prepare to be amazed, or slightly less underwhelmed than you would have been?) Continue reading “THAT’S A WRAP: February, March & April 2018”