Before I read Regions of the Heart, I’d never heard of Alison Hargreaves. To be honest I can’t even remember where I first saw the title of the book, or what prompted me to buy it. But I am so glad I now know about this remarkable, intense woman who pioneered women’s mountaineering quietly and … More Book review: Regions of the Heart
I know, I’m a little late – the first four books completed in 1984, the film (which I saw first… sorry!) is already 10 years old. But I have finally read, finished, and fallen in love with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Douglas Adams is by far one of the most quirky, unusual, and … More Book review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
I’ve never really related with male lead-characters before. Possibly unsurprisingly – I’m a 22 year old woman. But Douglas Petersen, a 50-something scientist, felt remarkably close to home in David Nicholls’ Us. A devastating story of loss, hope, love, frustration, and family, Us tackles a number of my biggest fears through several of my favourite … More Book review: Us
This series of books by Patrick Ness delves into a world of conspiracy, power, and hidden thoughts. A world where the minds of men are open, leading to a constant conflict of honesty and secrecy. Thrust into this mix are two young people. Children, forced to engage with adults in ways they could never have … More Book review: Chaos Walking trilogy
Often I find my everyday life affected by the books I am reading – caught up in other emotions, imagining what the characters are doing between the pages. This time, it was the other way around. My current life seemed to make the book more poignant, more intense, and nearly had me crying on the … More Book review: The Sea Sisters
I discovered Joanne Harris through Blackberry Wine; a quirky, light-hearted story narrated by a bottle of wine, depicting beautiful and mysterious rural life in France. It was filled with comical anecdotes and left you feeling warm and filled with fermented grapes. Harris is a phenomenal story-teller, and paints the most intricate pictures in your mind, … More Book review: Five Quarters of the Orange
It’s a popup book for adults. A write-your-own, multi-faceted, not quite chronological book that will definitely require more than one reading. Ultimately, S. is unlike any book I have ever read. The collaboration between filmmaker J J Abrams and academic and author Doug Dorst is what gives such remarkable attention to detail and sophistication. At … More Book review: S.