Book Review: The Warlow Experiment by Alix Nathan

“The year is 1793 and Herbert Powyss is set on making his name as a scientist. Determined to study the effects of prolonged solitude on another human being, he advertises for someone willing to live in his cellar for seven years in return for a generous financial reward. The only man to apply is John Warlow, a semi-literate farm labourer with a wife and six children to support. Cut off from nature, Warlow soon begins losing his grip on sanity while above ground, Powyss rapidly becomes obsessed with Warlow’s wife, Hannah.

The experiment, a classic Enlightenment exercise gone more than a little mad, will have unforeseen consequences for all included. In this seductive tale of self-delusion and obsession, Alix Nathan has created an utterly transporting historical novel which is both elegant and unforgettably sinister.”

I had this book on my Amazon wishlist for months and when I spotted it on a shelf at my local library, I knew I had to grab it.

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Book Review: Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin

Snow and Rose didn’t know they were in a fairy tale. People never do….

Once, they lived in a big house with spectacular gardens and an army of servants.

Once, they had a father and mother who loved them more than the sun and moon.

But that was before their father disappeared into the woods and their mother disappeared into sorrow.

This is the story of two sisters and the enchanted woods that have been waiting for them to break a set of terrible spells.”

Snow and Rose is an endearing retelling of the Grimms’ “Snow White and Rose Red”. It focuses on the theme of family which feels like a good choice considering this is middle grade fiction.

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Book Review: The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry

“Christopher and Hannah are a happily married surgeon and nurse with picture-perfect lives. All that’s missing is a child. When Janie, an abandoned six-year-old, turns up at their hospital, Christopher forms an instant connection with her, and he convinces Hannah they should take her home as their own.

But Janie is no ordinary child, and her damaged psyche proves to be more than her new parents were expecting. Janie is fiercely devoted to Christopher, but she acts out in increasingly disturbing ways, directing all her rage at Hannah. Unable to bond with Janie, Hannah is drowning under the pressure, and Christopher refuses to see Janie’s true nature.”

As I was reading this book, I kept notes on my phone for this review because I just have so many feelings and thoughts. A few were good thoughts, but mostly it was just things that frustrated me.

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Book Review: I Am Ill With Hope by Gommie

In 2019, poet-artist Gommie created a project where he walked around the coast of England and Wales in 365 days with nothing but a tent, some basic supplies and some pens.

He wrote poems and sketched them in his Moleskine diary to share the stories and experiences based on conversations with locals.

Gommie did all this in the search for hope during increasingly hard times.

I was lucky enough to recieve an advance readers copy of this book.

I Am Ill With Hope is a beautiful book that’s full of poems, illustrations and art that really helps you feel connected to the people that Gommie meets along his travels. Each page feels like you get to really experience other people’s lives.

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Book Review: The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill

“Deep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to join his carefree world, but how much will she have to sacrifice? What will it take for the little mermaid to find her voice? Hans Christian Andersen’s original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens, with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing and world building that has won Louise her legions of devoted fans. A book with the darkest of undercurrents, full of rage and rallying cries: storytelling at its most spellbinding.”

I’m going to start this review off by telling you the one thing that made me drop everything to read this book. The Surface Breaks is a feminist retelling of The Little Mermaid. I repeat A FEMINIST RETELLING OF THE LITTLE MERMAID!

We probably all know the story of Ariel who is a sweet little mermaid who trades her voice for human legs. Well, forget about all of that because this retelling is so much darker and filled with patriarchy. Mermaids are expected to look pretty, be quiet and live just for men’s pleasure. However, our main character, Gaia has had enough and she tries to escape from this life.

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Book Review: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

‘Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash. Separated by distance—and Papi’s secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.’

A book that is completely in-verse was completely out of my comfort zone. Yet, I found myself reading Clap When You Land. If I can read through this book without feeling overwhelmed by the poetry then so can you. And believe me when I tell you, you should give this book a go.

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6 Reasons To Read Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables is such a whimsical, feel-good story that you’d be completely missing out if you didn’t read it. It’s one of those books that I wish I had read sooner so I would have more time in life to read it over and over again.

Since I don’t have a time machine that would allow me to read Anne of Green Gables earlier, I thought I’d write a post where I tell you all of the reasons that you should read it, so you don’t miss out on the absolute job of Anne Shirley.

Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery was published back in 1908 but people still adore the story to this day. That itself encourage you to read it, but if you’re still not convinced, here are 6 reasons that you should read Anne of Green Gables.

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Top Four Books To Read This Halloween

Halloween is nearly here which can only mean one thing… it’s time to read some spooky books!

Obviously, Halloween means other exciting things too like scary movies, lots of sweets and trick or treating, but the best part of it all is books, so let’s focus on that.

I’m an absolute wuss. This doesn’t change when it comes to the books I read either. But when Halloween comes around, I’m always inclined to pick up something that’s a little bit more on the creepy side than my usual book choices.

But that doesn’t mean I’m going to dive head first into the horror section.

This post will only have one true horror book. I could have gone wild and added more, but that’s just not my thing. I like a spooky book that will put me in the Halloween mood, not a book that will give me nightmares for the next year.

So, if you’re into extremely scary books, this probably isn’t the post for you and I’m sure another blogger will have written a great post more suitable for you. But if you’re into mildly creepy books, then read on.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

This book gets a lot of mixed reviews, but in my opinion, it’s great and the perfect Halloween read. It’s a book about ‘peculiar’ children with a vintage twist. With the fascinating vintage photos there to add to the story, it really makes the reader feel gripped and spooked.

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Mini Book Reviews #1

I’ve become obsessed with books again. I want to read all of the time and all I think about is books. Obviously, that will be reflected here on my blog.

This post is the first of a series that you may see popping up every couple of months on this blog. I can’t know how often I will be posting my mini reviews as it depends on how much I’ve been reading. However, I’ll share my mini book reviews whenever I’ve read enough to make a decent post.

Now, onto the mini book reviews…

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

I’ve never been a huge fan of self-help books but I figured I’d listen to this audiobook. Maybe it’s just that self-help books aren’t for me or maybe this book just sucks, I really don’t know. But anyway, if you want to hear a privileged white man telling you something that you probably already know, then you might like this book.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

This book made me feel every emotion that you could wish for a book to make you feel. I completely fell in love with the story and it made me see the beauty in life again. Anne of Green Gables makes me want to walk through nature, take in the beauty and laugh with a friend. Such a beautiful book.

Rating: ★★★★★

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