The Secret Commonwealth, Philip Pullman

Oh Lyra Belacqua, Lyra Silvertongue. I devoured the original trilogy of your journeys to the North. Bolvangar, Svalbad, Iorek Byrnison, The World of the Dead. I adored the Miltonic and Blakean echoes. Fell in love with the mercurial, quick witted, innocent girl. Loved the world created by Pullman, the familiarity of it, the uncanniness, the…

Allegedly Easy Chocolate Fudge Cake

Taking a step away from reading to my other go-to pastime: baking. It is the half term and Hallowe’en and we have birthdays coming up. The weather is fairly rubbish so I’ve ended up doing a lot of baking. In addition to this birthday cake, I am also intending to do two – possibly three…

Teaser Tuesday, The Body, A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

Beware, the squeamish! This teaser contains (written) images of the inside of, well, us! One of my brief forays into non-fiction and popular science. But, as an erstwhile barrister who has on occasion been instructed to witness a post mortem, this particular extract seems very accurately described. “Feel this,” Dr. Ben Ollivere is saying to…

Top Ten Tuesday, Hallowe’en Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. A freebie, as I understand it, is any list that broadly fits…

10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in This Strange World, Elif Shafak

I have sat on this book for a while since finishing reading it – partially as a result of workload; mainly because it, like The Heart’s Invisible Furies and many others, is a book that deserved some time to settle and be absorbed before launching into a review. The novel revolves around a single character,…

Top Five Saturday: Books That Cast a Spell on You

Top Five Saturday is a meme hosted by Devouring Books to discover and share books that all have a common theme. Previously, the focus has included witches, werewolves, thrillers, faeries, fairy tale re-tellings, high fantasy and many more. Now, I have a confession: it is Sunday. A day and a half late. But yesterday was filled to…

Top Ten Tuesday: Character Traits I Love

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. So this week we are looking at character traits we love. Things…

Teaser Tuesday: Frankissstein, Jeanette Winterson

I have come back to this now and it is still wonderful – although the move from the opening chapter on the shores of Lake Geneva witnessing the inception of Frankenstein to the the global Tec-X-Po on Robotics in Memphis was a little jarring. Both equally wonderful but for very different reasons. Currently, the practicalities…

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles Containing Numbers

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Reservoir 13, John McGregor On the surface, a crime novel…