TOP TEN TUESDAY – 12th December 2017


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a different topic that one of their bloggers answers, and they invite others to join in, by posting their answers as a comment of by creating their own blog post.

It’s been a whole month since I joined in with Top Ten Tuesday, but I’m glad to get back into the swing of things with this week’s topic. I’ve read some great books this year, and this is a brilliant opportunity to reflect on them (and maybe get others to read them too!) Continue reading “TOP TEN TUESDAY – 12th December 2017”

REVIEW: The Girls by Emma Cline


These long-haired girls seemed to glide above all that was happening around the, tragic and separate. Like royalty in exile.

The Girls, Emma Cline (2016)

The Girls is Emma Cline’s debut novel about Evie, a young girl drawn into the dark world of a commune that preaches love and understanding, but hides something much more sinister. Its charismatic leader, Russell Hadrick is loosely based on Charles Manson. It’s not Russell who attracts Evie to the commune though, but the girls he holds in his sway. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Girls by Emma Cline”

WWW Wednesdays: 22nd March 2017

Its been a couple of weeks since my last WWW Wednesday post, but I’m ready to share a reading update with the world! So without further ado, here it is:

WWW is hosted by Taking a World of Words. Each Wednesday book enthusiasts share their reads by answering three questions:


The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’m still making slow progress through Dancing with Mrs. Dalloway. I thought I would have been quicker reading it than I have been, but its hard to read more than one or two chapters at a time.



DSC_0219I’m also about a third of the way into Renee Andieh’s The Wrath & the Dawn. I’ve wanted to read it for ages, and it has such an unexpectedly glorious cover. I don’t know how Shahrzad is going to manage surviving a fate that many other girls have fallen victim to, but I’m excited to see where the story goes.

What did you recently finish reading? dsc_02001

I finished reading The Girls, and it was every bit as good as I was anticipating. It made me think about how we shape girls to percieve themselves and how important it is to encourage a sense of self-worth from a young age. I could see how those young women could be taken in by a charistmatic leader.


I also finished Room
by Emma Donoghue. I read it pretty quickly, in about three sittings but I was so enraptured by Jack and how hopeful and imaginative he was despite his captivity. His relationship with Ma was poignant and heart-warming.



TDSC_0223he last book I finished a few nights ago was Landfall by Helen Gordon. I’m not entirely sure how I felt about the ending. There were so many ways it could have gone at so many different points that I struggled to really see what the book was really about. It was definitely an ending that stayed with me though.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m not sure what I’m going to read next for a change. I’m planning a trip to the library this afternoon to sate my hunger for some short story collections, and I have Thomas Pierce’s Hall of Small Mammals on its way from Amazon, so who knows!


What are you reading this week?

WWW Wednesdays: 1st March 2017

Today, isn’t just any old Wednesday, it’s St. David’s Day! It’s a big thing in Wales, and one of the times I miss home the most but I’ve bought myself some daffodils, so that helps!

WWW is hosted by Taking on the World of Words. Each Wednesday book enthusiasts share their reads by answering three questions:


The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next? Continue reading “WWW Wednesdays: 1st March 2017”

BOOKISH FINDS: Christmas Gifts


So my To Be Read pile has gotten bigger again… but it’s not my fault if people buy me books. Although, I did ask for some of them. It’s hard to be a bibliophile and not ask for at least on book related item for Christmas. What else are you supposed to ask for? You just can’t go wrong with a book (in my eyes anyway). This year, I got a super-exciting bookish gift from my long-suffering family: my mother is taking me to Hay-on-Wye festival in May! She might not survive two nights with me dribbling over all the bookshops and poor, unsuspecting authors. It will be a full time job trying to rein me in. The scent of a thousand books might push me over the edge. I can’t wait for the event programme to be released in April. As if that wasn’t enough, I got more literary delights in the form of books: Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: Christmas Gifts”