It’s that time of year when slowly but surely the evenings are drawing in, outside is a little chillier than before, and the leaves are turning that gorgeous burnt orange colour. For book lovers (or, for me at least!), it's the season for curling up with a good book, a blanket, a hot beverage of choice...essentially Autumn is the best excuse to do what I wish I could do all year round! If you’re in need of a little reading inspiration in preparation for the gloriously cosy months ahead (let’s face it, most of us will be spending even more time inside than usual!) then look no further. I’ve scanned my shelves and pulled out a bumper list of books to see you through those darker evenings.
And just like that, September has come to an end! I’ve really enjoyed the last four weeks, trying to eke out as much of the summer as possible before the inevitably grey days of October set in. My trip up to the Northumberland coast gave me a chance to switch off and slowly read through… Continue reading Everything I read in September
Dominicana by Angie Cruz tells the story of fifteen year old Ana Canción, a young girl who lives with her family in the Dominican Republic in the mid 1960s. When Juan Ruiz, a man twice her age, proposes and offers to take her with him to New York, Ana’s mother insists she must say yes. Juan is the Canción family’s golden ticket to America. Miserably stranded in a dank New York apartment, Ana conspires to leave. That is, until Juan’s younger brother, Cesar, convinces her there are reasons to stay.
Barter Books is a charming (quite huge!) second hand bookshop in Alnwick, Northumberland, England. It’s unique in that it is situated inside a disused railway station - complete with original fixtures and fittings that look wonderfully old fashioned and retro while surrounded by shelves upon shelves of pre-loved books. Thanks to Lauren & Luke Gibson… Continue reading Barter Books – a magical destination for book lovers
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong is a breathtaking novel - short, but unendingly impactful. Vuong doesn’t waste a single word. He turns every line into something poetic and, in doing so, creates a unique and unforgettable piece of fiction. What’s it about? The speaker, Little Dog, is writing a long letter to… Continue reading Review: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
From the author of Everything I Know About Love and the presenter of the wildly popular podcast The High Low, comes Ghosts - a story about love, relationships and the growing pains of entering ‘real’ adulthood. The ‘single-girl’ in London narrative is nothing new, but Dolly Alderton’s debut novel is refreshingly honest, immediately relatable and thoroughly heart felt.
Danny and Maeve Conroy are brother and sister. They grow up together in The Dutch House, an elegant and elaborate mansion of a place which enchants them both for the rest of their lives. When they are very small, their mother leaves without a trace. Raised by their withdrawn, unapproachable father and cruel stepmother, Danny and Maeve are everything to each other. The novel follows their life from those early childhood memories, through difficult adolescence into adulthood. It’s a dark fairy-tale like narrative that had me hooked from the very start.