So my Jane Austen journey is nearly over. As you may have guessed from the title, I have just completed Northanger Abbey which leaves only Mansfield Park left to read. As you may have also guessed from the title, I rather enjoyed this book's male protagonist. From what I can gather, Henry Tilney is not… Continue reading Henry Tilney – An Underrated Hero
I have just found out that the film/TV rights to Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine have been bought up by Reese Witherspoon's production company. Whilst I am a fan of Reese Witherspoon (I loved what she did with Big Little Lies and her Instagram is just lovely - plus, she's Elle Woods!) it doesn't prevent… Continue reading Update: Eleanor Oliphant Is…American?
Rarely have I connected so quickly with or so desperately wanted happiness for someone as I did with Eleanor Oliphant. Despite her odd manner and the many funny (laugh out loud whilst reading on the bus funny) interactions she has with people around her, it was easy see through the odd quirks and behaviours to… Continue reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
We all have those books that create lasting impressions. Whether they inspired a love of a particular author or genre, or simply came at an important time in your life, there will always be some tomes that hold a special place in your heart. I thought I would list some of mine: Alices' Adventures in… Continue reading A life in books…
Each year I make a list of attainable resolutions. Waste less (money, food, materials), drink more water, read more, walk more, don't eat out at work, text people back promptly... I generally keep to these and manage to improve my habits year after year. However, I also set myself unrealistic goals like 'write a book'… Continue reading 2018 – A proper go at it
November seems to have been the month of Shakespeare retellings in my reading list. Whilst reading Ian McEwan's 'Nutshell' (a retelling of Hamlet from the POV of a foetus) I have also been listening to Hag-Seed, Margaret Atwood's imaginative retelling of the Tempest. I decided to jump in with little-to-no knowledge of the story other… Continue reading Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
I first tried reading Pride and Prejudice as a thoroughly unromantic teen, it did not go well. As an avid reader of mysteries (I've been Agatha Christie's biggest fan since age 12), I was much more drawn to darker stories and therefore decided that Jane Austen was definitely not for me. Oh how time changes… Continue reading Attempting Austen