Welcome to another monthly round up! I feel like I had an excellent reading month in May, and there are a ton of books here which I cannot wait to tell you about – enjoy! A Skinful of Shadows – Frances Hardinge I picked this book up because I’d bought tickets to see the author speak at Hay Literary Festival on a bit of a whim. And this book was truly brilliant, so that was a stroke of luck! A Skinful of Shadows follows Makepeace,…Continue Reading “Reading Round Up {May}”

Last Wednesday, I headed back into Oxford after work to attend a talk by Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism project, successful author, and possibly one of the most articulate people I have ever heard speak in public. The talk was held in the Sheldonian Theatre – always lovely – and was focussed around Bates’ new book, Misogynation. In comparison to the personal accounts of Everyday Sexism, and the manual-style Girl Up, Misogynation is more of an exploration of the myriad forms sexism which,…Continue Reading “Laura Bates – Misogynation”

Quick fire round up of the four (yep, just four) books which I managed to get through in February. I’m blaming the shorter month for my lack of reading… Brave New World – Aldous Huxley I didn’t expect to like this at all – having read 1984, I was put off reading dystopian novels for a good while. But how different this is! The underlying bleakness and dissatisfaction of a seemingly perfect future society is still there, but so are in-depth characterisations and a dose…Continue Reading “Reading Round Up 2018 {February}”

Sarah Perry’s second novel is seriously something else. It’s totally not something I would usually read, and I’ll admit that I was drawn in by the Waterstones special edition cover (it’s shiny and the pages are blue – what more could you want?!). I hadn’t read her first novel, but I have to say my expectations were high after the level of hype surrounding this book last year. This included being awarded the 2016¬†Waterstones Book of the Year award, winning both the fiction and overall…Continue Reading “[REVIEW] The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry”

In light of the fact that my favourite book ever is Pride and Prejudice, and has been for a good five years or so, I thought it might be time to give Austen’s other novels a go. I wasn’t a fan of Sense and Sensibility (although loved the film, obvs) – I just couldn’t get into the story or sympathise with the characters. I’ve also read Emma, which I enjoyed the message of but again not necessarily the characters. So my next choice was Northanger…Continue Reading “[REVIEW] Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen”

Zoella’s first book follows our protagonist Penny, a shy, awkward girl who is trying her best to fit in. Based in Brighton – those who know the town will follow most of the places Penny and co go to eat – Zoella has clearly based much of the book on her own experiences. Penny is also a blogger, and from the very beginning of the book starts getting panic attacks, mirroring Zoella’s own difficulties with anxiety. The initial dynamic between Penny and her so-called friends…Continue Reading “[REVIEW] Girl Online – Zoe Sugg”

I can honestly say that this book almost entirely sums up my views about and surrounding feminism. I was surprised by how tiny this book was – I didn’t realise it was an essay! – but I’m so glad I bought this. Just a few days before I sat down and read this, I had been having a discussion with a friend about feminism. They don’t consider themselves a feminist, due to the negative preconceptions surrounding the label. My friend is, in fact, a feminist,…Continue Reading “[REVIEW] We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”

I put off reading Dunham’s book for a long time. It was constantly cropping up on people’s blogs, YouTube channels, and Instagram feeds. I half-heartedly put it on my Christmas list last year, thinking I’d see what the hype was about, but never received a copy. When I was looking for some new books to get stuck into, I came across the paperback on Amazon for about ¬£3.50, and decided it was worth a try. I’m going to put a disclaimer here, that I am…Continue Reading “[REVIEW] Not That Kind of Girl – Lena Dunham”

I’ve had quite the eventful weekend, which I’ll be doing a post on soon, so I’ve not had the chance to jot this down until 4.30pm on a Sunday! I also had Friday off, which was my first day off so far and was pretty awesome. I’m really getting into Christmassy stuff as well, which I know is pretty early for most, but I love getting excited about it all. The earlier I get excited, the longer everything lasts, because I never want Christmas to…Continue Reading “Five Favourites: 15th November 2015”

Royal Wedding is the new book by Meg Cabot, intended as a sequel to the Princess Diaries series, but aimed at older readers (i.e. not 13 year olds). It follows Princess Mia years after the tenth book ended – she is 25, living at the Genovian Consulate in New York, and still going out with the infamous Michael. I’m only slightly ashamed to admit that the Princess Diaries books were some of my all-time favourite books as a teenager, and honestly I probably would have…Continue Reading “[REVIEW] Royal Wedding – Meg Cabot”