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Cleopatra & Frankenstein by Coco Mellors – Review

What better way to return to my blog (oops) than by reviewing one of my most anticipated reads of the year? It struck her that adult life was endlessly harsh and exciting, something to be overwhelmed by again and again, like a wave beating her down as she tried to stand. Cleopatra & Frankenstein follows... Continue Reading →

Hearts & Bones by Niamh Mulvey – Review

I'm a sucker for a short story collection, particularly one written by an Irish woman. I'm not sure what it is about female Irish writers, but I connect with their writing style and the content of their work so deeply, and Hearts & Bones by Niamh Mulvey is no different. Love songs for late youth... Continue Reading →

The No-Show by Beth O’Leary – Review

A tree surgeon, a life coach and a charity shop worker walk into a bar, and Joseph Carter is nowhere to be found. It's Valentine's Day and Joseph has three dates scheduled: breakfast with his occassional fling Siobhan, lunch with his girfriend Miranda, and an enagement party as his friend Jane's date. But he doesn't... Continue Reading →

Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi – Review

"I often wished she had never been born, knowing this would wipe me out as well - I understood how deeply connected we were, and how her destruction would irrevocably lead to my own." Booker-shortlisted Burnt Sugar is Avni Doshi's first novel and full of sticky, thick prose, exploring a complicated relationship between and mother... Continue Reading →

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Review

"π˜›π˜©π˜¦ 𝘧π˜ͺ𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘡 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘒𝘴𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘒𝘳𝘦 𝘒𝘭𝘸𝘒𝘺𝘴 𝘡𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘀𝘡𝘦π˜₯ 𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴."⁣⁣The circus arrives without warning and with no announcement. The black and white striped tents are filled with spectacular circus attractions and performers - it is a circus like no other, and is only open at night. ⁣⁣We follow Celia and Marco, who have been trained since... Continue Reading →

Acts of Desperation by Megan Nolan – Review

Sitting pretty among the likes of Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan, Boy Parts by Eliza Clark, Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney and You Have to Make Your Own Fun Around Here by Frances Macken in my girls-are-fucking-bonkers-in-the-best-way category is Megan Nolan's Acts of Desperation. It's a discussion on unrealised abuse, coming of age in... Continue Reading →

Spring Reading List 2022

This year I'm getting serious about tackling my out of control TBR. I recently had a huge clear out of books I've had for years that I'm no longer interested in reading and as a result, I feel much more excited to read the books I decided to keep. As a new season has jus... Continue Reading →

Ghosts by Dolly Alderton – Review

Ah, Dolly. Ghosts is Nina’s story of navigating dating in her 30s while all her friends, besides perpetually single Lola, are getting married and having babies.  Nina is a food writer living in London, struggling to cope with her father’s slow decline into dementia and her mother’s mid-life crisis. When she meets Max, a handsome... Continue Reading →

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