Things A Bright Girl Can Do : Sally Nicholls

Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ve been sitting on this review for a week or so, in that gloriously selfish phase of having read a Good Book but not wanting to talk about it. Sometimes I want to wallow in that sensation and just holdContinue reading “Things A Bright Girl Can Do : Sally Nicholls”

An Island of Our Own : Sally Nicholls

An Island of Our Own by Sally Nicholls My rating: 5 of 5 stars Life for Holly and her siblings is hard. Ever since the death of their mother, they’ve been trying to survive together. But surviving is hard and living is even harder; money problems, family troubles, and keeping a two bedroom flat togetherContinue reading “An Island of Our Own : Sally Nicholls”

The legitimacy of critique : or, who am I?

(This is today’s post – a long read touching on criticism, the internet, and also distant reading. There’s a bit of theory, but I hope it’s worth the effort. If you’d like to read other longer posts in this series, here’s the archive of long reads.) I have a friend who’s researching narrative autobiography, andContinue reading “The legitimacy of critique : or, who am I?”

5 Life Lessons Children’s Literature Taught Me (with a little help from Buffy)

1. bravery is not what you think it is I think, in a way, this is one of the more important and perhaps the most important message that any book can tell anyone. As Buffy says in the above gif that sort of reduces me to an emotional wreck every time I look at it,Continue reading “5 Life Lessons Children’s Literature Taught Me (with a little help from Buffy)”

War Girls : A Collection of First World War stories through the eyes of young women

War Girls by Adèle Geras My rating: 5 of 5 stars I begin this review by telling you that this compilation, this collection of stories about World War One is one of the better (if not the best) book I have read this year and I am greedy for more. The authors that have contributedContinue reading “War Girls : A Collection of First World War stories through the eyes of young women”