Category: Literature

On Reading IT for the First Time

I’m finally reading Stephen King’s IT. Yes, aged 39, I have finally decided to dip my toe in Pennywise the Clown’s rancid world. Although, it should be said that I no longer have one foot poised precariously over the swamp that is the town of Derry. I am now fully submerged, head and all. Stephen King’s novels were not part of my childhood. I’m quite sad about … Read More On Reading IT for the First Time

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret Review

When I mentioned at the weekend that I would be having a look back at some vintage classics, starting with a couple of Judy Blume‘s best known works, my news feed came alive with nostalgic comments. A lot of my friends remembered the books fondly and it made me feel even more excited about hunkering down with some familiar characters over a cup of tea. I … Read More Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret Review

Things & Inc #2

I love doing these posts and I feel I should do them more often, since there are so many great things to think about, even in low key February while it’s frosty out and there’s not much going on. As I’ve previously mentioned, I’m in hibernation mode and it’s been a really fun time to reflect on my blog and reading list, to watch … Read More Things & Inc #2

Coming Soon…

Over the next few weeks I’ll be taking a trip down memory lane with some of the books I loved as a child and teenager. I thought it would be interesting to revisit the themes of the day and relate them to life now. Just holding these two books in my hands takes me back to the girl I used to be (and still … Read More Coming Soon…

Reading List

Yesterday, while spending an obscene amount of time shopping for stationery with my friend L, she asked me to help her find some good reads. She’d be the first to admit she’s not a book-worm so I promised her I would write a list of my favourite all time books and get it to her so she can start building a collection. (I’m not … Read More Reading List

Sneaker Pimps: Running Like a Girl Review

I would describe myself as a runner who doesn’t run. Like, ever. For about five minutes I was really going to do it and for about two of them I actually did. But my shins hurt, my arse bounced behind me like an over enthusiastic beach ball and I wasn’t the natural I thought I was going to be. So I talked about it … Read More Sneaker Pimps: Running Like a Girl Review

The Caitlin That Got The Cream: How To Build a Girl Review

A brief synopsis: It’s 1990. Johanna Morrigan, fourteen, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides that there’s no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde—fast-talking, hard-drinking gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer. She will save her poverty-stricken Bohemian family by becoming a writer—like Jo in Little Women, or the Brontës—but without the dying-young bit. Blah … Read More The Caitlin That Got The Cream: How To Build a Girl Review

True Blue: Special Topics in Calamity Physics Review

  I loved this book. I bought it after reading Night Film and the subsequent reviews about that. Lots of them mentioned Pessl’s debut in glowing terms and, as I’d loved NF, I figured this would be a winner too. It is, but in such a different way to Night Film that I don’t think you would know that both books had been penned … Read More True Blue: Special Topics in Calamity Physics Review