Fiction

A Great and Terrible Beauty: A Review

Welcome to the heyday of colonial England: entering countries, taking their resources, and that's about it. But I digress. Let us discuss A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. *spoilers!* We begin by meeting Gemma Doyle and her mother in India, where they have lived many years. Gemma witnesses her mother's death, and is shipped back… Continue reading A Great and Terrible Beauty: A Review

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Fiction

Quiet Neighbours: A Review

They say don't judge a book by its cover, but lately I've just been picking books up at random based on whether or not I enjoy their covers. It's not been too poor of a method as Foxlowe was a result of this experiment. This time it is Quiet Neighbours by Catriona McPherson, a very intriguing… Continue reading Quiet Neighbours: A Review

Fiction

The Jane Austen Project: A Review

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that 1 in 3 people are wholly enamoured by all things Jane Austen.* Her works delve into the realities of life facing those in the Regency period with wit and grace. Women and their roles within various spheres are shown, and for individuals who clearly didn't grow up in… Continue reading The Jane Austen Project: A Review

Fiction

What WAS She Thinking? [Notes on a Scandal]

Welcome to the life of Barbara Covett, a teacher at the local school. Her life is irreparably altered with the arrival of Sheba Hart, an alluring art teacher. The book is written from Barbara's point of view and we learn the events of her and Sheba's lives that throw them together and inevitably rip them apart.… Continue reading What WAS She Thinking? [Notes on a Scandal]

What Should I Read?

When I Was Just a Little Girl, I Asked My Mother, “What should I read?”

As with music, I assume there is a pivotal span of time that shapes your taste in books. The books that resonated with me the most were read between the ages of 10-18 (give or take). This is not to say that 20-year-old me didn't find a book that made a lasting impression, but you… Continue reading When I Was Just a Little Girl, I Asked My Mother, “What should I read?”

Fiction

The Ashes of London: Burning Up a Bookshelf Near You

Self-admittedly, I am an anglophile, and English history fascinates me to this day. However, the whole period around Charles I to basically the Hanoverian dynasty bores me a little... bored me a little. How things have changed! Andrew Taylor's novel is an engaging read, using the factual events of the Great Fire of London (1666)… Continue reading The Ashes of London: Burning Up a Bookshelf Near You