The Girl Aquarium by Jen Campbell is an enchanting collection of poetry exploring bodies and disfigurement, girlhood/womanhood/motherhood, the male gaze, and relationships. If you're familiar with Jen Campbell from booktube, you won't be surprised that The Girl Aquarium is quintessentially "Jen": the style is whimsical and eerie and dreamlike, with motifs of the sea, the … Continue reading Book Review: The Girl Aquarium by Jen Campbell
How could I resist a contemporary romance with multiple narratives based around astrology? (Heart-eyes emoji forever!) Star-Crossed follows Justine (Sagittarius); a sometimes-shy but driven, hopeless romantic working at the local magazine. Justine randomly runs into her childhood best friend (and fleeting teenage sweetheart), Nick; an Aquarian actor between jobs, bereft in his love life. Justine … Continue reading Book Review: Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness follows a 12-year-old boy named Conor, who is visited nightly by a monster who tells him stories. The monster terrorises him at first, but Conor listens to the stories under the pretence that he'll tell the monster "the truth". There's a lot of upset in Conor's life, from his … Continue reading Book Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Jennifer Egan is an auto-buy author for me and when Manhattan Beach came out, I was very excited to read the first book released by Egan in 6 years! I didn't really know what to expect from the historical fiction novel set in the 1930's and 40's, largely around the Brooklyn Naval Yard, following gangsters … Continue reading Book Review: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
As part of my social media strategy for 2018, I started looking into important bookish dates. And when I noticed there were so many authors with birthdays in January, I just had to make a wrap-up 'Happy Birthday' video for them all! In the video, I talk about my favourite books by the authors and … Continue reading Happy Birthday to These Authors Born in January!
Stella and Margie by Glenna Thomson explores female, familial relationships with poise in a contemporary Australian setting. Blurb: Stella and her mother-in-law Margie are two very different women. Stella is kind, compassionate and just a little chaotic. Margie is prickly, demanding and a stickler for convention. Stella has exciting dreams for the future. Margie has … Continue reading Book Review: Stella and Margie by Glenna Thomson
September has been a wonderfully creative month for me. I've been writing more than I have all year, colouring in and making crafty things, and dabbling in book photography on Instagram... You sometimes forget that there are so many other creative pursuits, and it's good to nurture your muse in as many ways as possible. … Continue reading Writing Life Recap: September 2016