29 May 2017

Some mini reviews...

For someone who started a blog to talk about books, reviews are few and far between around these parts!  You'd be forgiven for thinking I hardly do any reading at all, but to be honest I just find it quite difficult to find the time to sit and write full length reviews.   I actually am almost always to be found reading, especially on my lunch at work.  Today I'm going to look back on some of things I've read recently with some mini reviews.

The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter |  
People seem to love Angela Carter but I didn't really gel with this.  It was a good story, in places, but quite dark and needlessly so a lot of the time, to me anyway.  I'm not going to be seeking out any more of her work any time soon.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur  
This is probably the first poetry collection I've sat and read cover to cover and I loved it.  Rupi's poems are so simple but so moving and effective.  There were so many lines that stuck out for me and had me nodding in agreement and I absolutely adored her style, I can see myself coming back to this regularly.

Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell  
Karen Russell has one of the best imaginations, I loved this short story collection as much if not more than her first book, St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves.  My favourite story was the one about the US presidents reincarnated as horses - how do you come up with that? Genius.

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche 
I haven't given this one a rating because it seemed odd to, but I really liked it.  I've been wanting to read it for a while.  It's nothing new to anyone already engaged with feminism but it's a powerful argument.  It's based on a full length TED talk given by the author and since finishing I've been meaning to look that up.  This would be a great introduction for anyone making their first steps into understanding feminism.

That's all for now!  I think I will stick to this format for most things and write the lengthier posts for books that really give me a lot to say.

Thanks for reading!

7 May 2017

The Good People

The Good People is set in County Kerry, Ireland, in 1825. Nóra Leahy has lost her husband and her daughter in the same year and now finds herself caring for her four year old grandson.  But Micheál is not the happy, healthy boy she remembers.  He can no longer walk, or speak, and there are rumours in the village that his deformities are evidence of other-wordly interference, bringing bad luck.  Desperate to find out what is wrong, Nóra and her maid Mary seek out Nance Roche, who is said to have the knowledge of the Good People, old magic, and remedies. Nance believes that Micheál has been replaced with a fairy changeling, and together the three women set out to restore him to the child Nóra remembers.

3 May 2017

Something nice that happened in April

Ok, so I've been really bad at making a note of good things that have been happening and so I can't write a monthly silver linings post like I have been doing.  I will make more of an effort this month, but I can remember at least one good thing that happened in April, right at the beginning.

I took Emily to Betty's!  Finally.  I bought her a voucher for afternoon tea last year for her birthday, because she said she'd never been, and I really had to change that.  So on 1st April the three of us (Alice came too) trundled up to Ilkley on the train to the Betty's tea room on the high street.

We went in the morning because we wanted to beat the queues, and I was so tempted to try something from the breakfast menu, but in the end we all went for afternoon tea anyway and it's probably the best decision I've made for a while.  The sandwiches, scones and desserts were yummy as ever and all washed down with a pot of Bettys breakfast tea.

Afterwards we stopped off at the cafe shop and I bought Easter biscuits, lebkuchen butterflies... and a book.  Yes, I went to Betty's and left with a book.  I can't help it!  I'm looking forward to reading the short stories.

Now Emily can call herself a true Yorkshire lass!

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