hello september! an update

i was going to write and publish a book review today, but i realised it wasn't really what i wanted to post right now. i know this is a book blog, but for me it's also very personal. it is my life in books. books are right at the heart of me. but recently books [...]

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Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin (2016)

I first read Shirley Jackson a few years ago, and saw this biography advertised shortly after - and immediately wanted to read it. Even before I'd read Jackson's work I was intrigued by her and her life, and of course a biography is the perfect way to explore that. If you've ever read any of [...]

Looking back on the books of 2016

This is another overdue blog post, but one that I've really been looking forward to writing. I read 31 books in 2016, of varying quality, but overall it was a good reading year. I tried to branch out, accepting a total of eight review copies from publishers - which is a lot for me these [...]

Overdue update on Christmas and birthday books

Overdue update on Christmas and birthday books

As I said in my last post, life has rather gotten in the way of blogging over the last month or so (probably more than that), so I am only just getting around to organising posts I meant to write and publish a while ago... First I must ask you to cast your mind back [...]

The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson (1949)

I've read three of Shirley Jackson's novels, so it only felt right to try some of her short stories; and after all, The Lottery is heralded as one of the most brilliant (and controversial) in the genre. At first, some of these stories reminded me Truman Capote's with their edge of uncertainty and fear underlying [...]

Most Anticipated Upcoming Books

Most Anticipated Upcoming Books

I try to read a mixture of old and new books, and often find myself reading 'new' books some time after they come out, purely because I always have so many books I want to read that I rarely get to read things when they are really new. Often I just get to look at [...]

The best books of 2015

The best books of 2015

My apologies for the mixture of photos in this post - I have lent out some of the books featured so wasn't able to take a nice photo of them and had to find images of the covers online. Not ideal, but there you go...   Somehow 2015 is over, and I have naturally been [...]

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (1962)

I had been wanting to read this for a while and finally got round to it last week... and it was just so brilliant. So weird. So good. Suffice to say, I gave it five stars on GoodReads. Even before reading I loved the premise, what I knew of it, and as with The Haunting [...]

In Praise Of: Horror!

In Praise Of: Horror!

Yes, horror. As in the genre, not the feeling in real life. When I think of the horror genre, I think first of movies. I have always been a bit a scaredy-cat with them and let them get into my head, and find it hard to sleep after watching them. But this has begun to [...]

Quick update

Just a quick update to let you all know I am a bit behind on blogging as I have just returned from a week away in France. But luckily I finished three books and started a fourth while I was away, so there will be plenty of blog posts coming up! The books I finished [...]