August 2017

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Even though there are only two books below, I’ve actually read four books this month. But two of which I have already read many times before, and re-lived in the form of audiobooks read by the brilliant Stephen Fry – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Need I even review these? I don’t think so, they’re golden and I don’t believe there is a need for another review saying so. Instead, I’ll stick to just those two books I read for the first time:

  • The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
  • Things That Are: Encounters with Plants, Stars and Animals by Amy Leach

The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

“How easily we have got used to it all, as though we knew what was coming all along,”

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I was drawn to this book by its dystopian genre. I have a soft spot for this style, and as someone who’s very much aware of the impending damage that climate change presents, I have often considered how this would intersect with my desire to have children. Hunter tells the story of a mother and baby’s first year just as the country collapses due to flooding. But the premise did not live up to its promise.

I do love a good metaphor, especially powerful and poetic ones featured in The End We Start From, but there’s a limit. Overuse kills the impact and I felt that this book was ‘flooded’ with metaphors instead of substance. It felt like a diary, but not in a good way. I’m sure this style was obviously intentional, but I felt I was missing some desperately needed context and description. It was a real shame for me to be disappointed in this novel – I was so ready to love it.

I would still be tempted to read more from this author, but I would go in with lower expectations. At least it was an easy read, but not one I’d particularly recommend.

Things That Are: Encounters with Plants, Stars and Animals by Amy Leach

“The bear in the sky is sometimes mistaken for a ladle or a prawn, or the government, while the bear on the ground rarely is.”

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I’m ashamed to say how much this book taught me about nature! I keep confidently exerting my new favourite fact about Panda’s and their bamboo addiction. Once you’ve come to terms with the style of writing that Leach uses, you can embrace this book, but it still had its downsides.

Leach goes through nature picking and choosing random features to discuss in this book. What I loved about her style was the use of personification. This stopped the subjects becoming dry and made the book feel much more magical. There’s no doubting her skills at creative nonfiction.

Although considering the topics, I would have liked to see some beautiful complimentary illustrations. Chapters focusing on certain flowers/plants could have been vastly improved by this – I do not like to feel the need to google something. But I also feel it would have added a nice whimsical aspect just to pull everything together.

Like I said, if you can embrace her style, it’s fairly enjoyable even if slightly bizarre. I’m not sure I would actively seek to read more of Leach’s work – it felt like too much effort to plow through her writing.


I begin my Master’s course in English Literature and Creative Writing in September! Hopefully, this will just improve my reviews but while I’m getting used to the workload, my personal reading may take a back seat. In the meantime, keep up to date with where I’m escaping to on my Goodreads profile, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Page.

Happy reading. 💕📚

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July 2017

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Welcome to July – the month of Kate’s Harry Potter obsession! Find the three Harry Potter books on Pottermore, but they’re only available in e-book form at the moment. Next month will be more varied – not that I’m ashamed! You’re always allowed to over-dose on Harry Potter…

  • Depression: Vintage Minis by William Styron
  • Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Pottermore Presents #1) by J.K. Rowling
  • Short Stories from Hogwards of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Pottermore Presents #2) by J.K. Rowling
  • Hogwarts: An Incompletely and Unreliable Guide (Pottermore Presents #3) by J.K. Rowling

Depression: Vintage Minis by William Styron

“It may require on the part of friends, lovers, family, admirers, an almost religious devotion to persuade the suffers of life’s worth, which is so often in conflict with a sense of their own worthlessness, but such devotion has prevented countless suicides.”

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I chose this particular quote out of many different ones which I could pick out of this book because of how well it explains the commitment of my friends and family to helping me. Sometimes, when my brain stops thinking about how much I suck, I consider how hard it must be to watch someone you love suffer from depression and beat themselves up so much on a daily basis. So this feeble little book review is dedicated to them, and most importantly to the love of my life – Sam.

This book is part of a new Penguin series of little extracts about certain topics and is an abridged version of the full book Darkness Visible by William Styron. His words are very powerful and even though it was written decades ago, it still resonates with current societal reactions to depression and mental illness.

I’m very precious about my books – keeping them in pristine condition for as long as I can, but with this little memoir, I felt compelled to get out my pencil and start underlining. Now I can flick through it when I feel alone and find those snippets of writing which remind me that depression is an illness which lots of people suffer and recover from. Because like he notes – “by far the great majority of the people who go through even the severest depression survive it” and plan to follow in their footsteps.

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Pottermore Presents #1) by J.K. Rowling

“To be a hero; sometimes, all it takes is having your heart in the right place.”

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I had a bit of a Harry Potter love-affair this month! But what I didn’t know was that these three extra Pottermore books existed! So naturally, I ordered them and finished all three in only a few days.

I L-O-V-E-D everything about McGonagall in this book. She’s one of those characters who I’ve always wanted to know more about and I knew her back story would do her justice. What an inspirational character – quite the fictional role model!

Well worth the read if you love the series – lots of cute extra anecdotes.

Short Stories from Hogwards of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Pottermore Presents #2) by J.K. Rowling

“No Muggle Prime Minister has ever set foot in the Ministry of Magic, for reasons most succinctly summed up by ex-Minister Dugald McPhail (term of office 1858 – 1865): ‘their puir wee braines couldnae cope wi’ it.”

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Similar to above – a wonderful supplement to the Harry Potter universe. As a politics nerd, I always thought I’d find myself somewhere in the Ministry of Magic if I was a witch, so it was really enjoyable to read about the history of Ministers of Magic. Even better was how J.K. Rowling contradicted the time it took for the muggle world to give women a chance to reach the top offices of power.

Umbridge was always an interesting character so it was interesting to know more, but one of my favourite characters that was left out of the films was Peeves. He gives a splash of colour to the castle, plus in the end, he fights the against the Death Eaters in the Battle of Hogwarts!

Hogwarts: An Incompletely and Unreliable Guide (Pottermore Presents #3) by J.K. Rowling

“The advice to ‘hold on to your dreams’ is all well and good, but there comes a point when holding on to your dreams becomes unhelpful and even unhealthy.”

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As a proud Hufflepuff, I was happy to hear about my amazing house and the common room which I would have frequented if only the wizarding world was real. I loved the back story of the Sorting Hat too – especially the idea of a Hatstall, where it takes the hat more than 5 minutes to decide which house to place a student. Originally, I was placed in Gryffindor and I also have Ravenclaw traits so I can’t help but wonder how long it would have taken the Hat to place me!

These three extra Harry Potter stories brought back a wonderful sense of nostalgia for me. Also, I’m just in awe at the power of Rowling’s mind – there’s nothing that she doesn’t know about the world she created and that is quite the extraordinary feet.


Another month, another set of books completed – see you soon for August’s selections! In the meantime, keep up to date with where I’m escaping to on my Goodreads profile, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Page.

Happy reading. 💕📚

June 2017

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Simply enough – I’ve been too depressed and tired to even read lately (which then makes me even more depressed). What I have actually managed to read has taken much longer to get through than normal which is why there’s only one solitary book on June’s list.

  • The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

“Feo grinned, and sniffed the sharpness of the air. ‘It’s the most talkative weather there is,’ she told Tenderfoot.”

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This was a very sweet and enjoyable children’s book. As a wannabe writer, I’m making sure to soak up a lot of different age ranges and one of the best books I’ve read lately was a kids book (The Girl of Ink and Stars). But unfortunately, this one didn’t just quite wow me.

I would happily read this to my children but it didn’t translate very well for adult reading. I got a little bored midway through the book which I would purely put down to my age. It had beautiful moments of whimsy which I always love but was lacking substance for an older reader.

My favourite part was the setting. I adore snow which is why I chose the quote above. I just wanted to be whisked away into the snow-covered forest Feo was adventuring through with my own trusty wolves next to me to keep me warm.

I’ll definitely keep it on my shelf for future bedtime stories!


Again, I am delayed but hopefully I can pick it back up, but this time I’m not promising anything just in case! In the meantime, keep up to date with where I’m escaping to on my Goodreads profile, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Page.

Happy reading. 💕📚

May 2017

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I know, I know, I’m ashamed! Life has been quite the rollercoaster at the moment and reading let alone writing book reviews sort of took a back seat. But I’m back now and committed again! So without further ado I present, albeit belated, May’s reads:

  • The Power by Naomi Alderman
  • Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
  • The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

The Power by Naomi Alderman

“The only wave that changes anything is a tsunami. You have to tear down the houses and destroy that land if you want to be sure no one will forget you.”

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What. A. Book. This only didn’t get 5 stars because I’m trying to be stricter on my grading and I thought that it just didn’t make the cut. This book came to my attention because of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize (which it went on to win) but it’s the kind of dystopian novel I would go for anyway, especially with a hint of feminist activism!

Naomi Alderman should be really proud of this work and I would encourage most people to read it. The characters were great, but I think the slight lack of character depth took that 5th star away. Because it’s written through a few different stories, I didn’t feel the same connection with each character as I would have liked. But that way of writing was crucial to the story so I completely understand it.

It’s essentially an over-dramatised vision of what the world would be if the power shifted from men to women and it was a fascinating read. Loved the style, loved the morals, loved the novel.

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

“Because who wants to fast forward anyway? You might miss some of the good parts.”

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Who else wanted to be best friends with Lorelai and Rory Gilmore? It wasn’t until last year that I actually watched Gilmore Girls (I know right) and then it was announced they were doing another few episodes so it was great timing on my part. Anyway, back to the book, so I heard about Lauren Graham’s sort-of-memoir and thought I’d give it a go.

She’s really funny and lovely and it was a pleasant read: easy and enjoyable. But I felt like she might have been holding back a little. It skimmed the life of Lauren Graham, rather than went right into the core. Like I said, enjoyable, but there was just something that makes memoirs like this brilliant and special that was missing. Still worth the read if you’re a fan of the show, but I was a little disappointed.

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

“In an age of rust, she comes up stainless steel”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Very enjoyable novel. I loved the character development in this book, it was spot on! The more I read it, the more my opinions of all the characters were challenged. There’s something very satisfying about fictional characters who make you feel.

I wish that the ‘world’ it was set in could have been elaborated on further, but from what I’ve gathered, we get more of that in the next book – The Boy on the Bridge. I loved the ending too! I won’t spoil it, but I thought it was a really great finish.

Like I’ve said, it was the characters that really hooked me. The evolution of the characters and story was extremely well crafted and its fiction like this that I only hope to replicate when I actually find the time to start my book.

Slightly off topic; I tried to watch the film of this after I finished the book and it was so bad that I turned it off. Boring and completely lacking the depth of the story/characters. So I’d fully recommend the book, not so much the film!


I’m finally back on track! Fingers crossed that I’ll be able to keep it that way from now on! Expect June’s book reviews in a couple of weeks! As always in the meantime keep up to date with where I’m escaping to on my Goodreads profile, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Page.

Happy reading. 💕📚

April 2017

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Sorry about the delay with this month’s reviews! It’s been a busy one so I’ve only got through three books but they were a mixed bag:

  • Doing It! by Hannah Witton
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Everywoman by Jess Phillips

Well, there’s no time like the present…


Doing It by Hannah Witton

“Sorry if you believe in true love, I’m a hopeless romantic too, but I’m also a realist and wear my cynicism like armour.”

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The sex education manual. Now, I came to this book as a fellow 20-something trying to make it the world and I am so proud of Hannah Witton. I don’t know her, but well done girl. You did it and you’re empowering so many women and girls; keep it up!

Which is partly why I’m really sad to only give the book 3 stars. When I compare the book with others that I have read on this topic, it just doesn’t meet up. Animal by Sara Pascoe and Girl Up by Laura Bates were just on another level, which unfortunately wasn’t reached by Doing It.

But I really did enjoy the book. I loved the orgasm/masturbation talk; we need more of that so that women can own their own sexual pleasure. I loved the LGBTQ+ section and appreciated her effort to give other people a voice, rather than white-cis-splain issues she can’t experience herself.

It’s definitely worth a read, and I’m so glad we have so many great inspiring women writing so powerfully about these issues. Hannah Witton’s book is adding another well-needed young voice to the collective on women’s rights and sexual liberation.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

“But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”

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I believe this book was oversold to me. I went in with such high expectations that it was bound not to reach them from the get-go.

I was totally and completely sold on the philosophy and morals behind this story. And because of this I really do understand why it’s a classic, but to be honest it didn’t thrill me as a novel. I don’t think enough happened, I wanted to know more about the psychologies of the characters and I felt a little underwhelmed by it all.

It took a lot of effort to plod along with it, which is really disappointing. I’ve given it three stars because I appreciate it as a piece of literature, but not so much as a piece of entertainment. But I suppose that’s not what it was for.

Note to self: never let people get your hopes up on a book in the future.

Everywoman by Jess Phillips

“We’re women and we’re kick-ass. And that’s the truth.”

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I loved hearing a first-hand account of a woman in leadership – in particular in Parliament. This book and the experiences of Jess Philips really empowered me to make a difference at a grassroots level. Her story really helps to break down those barriers between the electorate and their representatives, something we desperately need at the moment.

What I realised when I was reading this, is that we’re all results of our upbringing and our experiences. The things that Jess Phillips saw and heard about during her time at Women’s Aid shaped her values and that happens on all sides of the political spectrum. She’s quite the inspiration.

Ultimately, well worth a read but be prepared to have your inner activist burst out.


May is also delayed but I’m on it! I promise! In the meantime, keep up to date with where I’m escaping to on my Goodreads profile, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Page.

Happy reading. 💕📚

March 2017

It was a non-fiction kind of month for me. I’d been swallowed up by the His Dark Materials trilogy so I think my inner reader was rebelling. Two of this week’s books did not already have a coveted place on my to-read list, but instead caught my eye at the time. Sometimes spontaneity is the only way! Plus, my mental health took a downturn lately so I was drawn to related topics. Anyway, March’s books were:

  • The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
  • A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled by Ruby Wax
  • The Brain: A Story of You by David Eagleman
  • A History of Britain in 21 Women by Jenni Murray

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

“When you choose one way out of many, all the ways you don’t take are snuffed out like candles, as if they’d never existed.”

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I was toying with whether to even bother reading the last of this trilogy because The Subtle Knife was pretty damn disappointing. But I like to see things through so I committed and, to be fair on the trilogy, I’m glad I did.

This was my favourite out of the three books. I have my criticisms naturally, but I did enjoy it. It was faster paced than the other two, making it easier to digest. Unlike the others, this one also made me think a bit more. I loved how when Will is using the knife, he has to practice mindfulness. As someone who practices this, it really interested me that in order for him to succeed, he had to accept his emotions about his mother, rather than run away with them or push them away. Will was clearly before his time.

**Spoiler alert**

The ending did disappoint me though. Mainly because it was a bit of an anti-climax, plus I really didn’t want Lyra and Will to fall in love. I really liked their friendship, and I was rooting for a solid opposite sex couple whose connection was purely platonic. But at least Pan’s final shape was perfect.

A Mindfulness Guide to the Frazzled by Ruby Wax

“Let’s make one thing clear: we’re not just addicted to drugs, sex or alcohol, we can also get addicted to our thoughts and feelings of panic, anxiety and despair.”

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I learnt so much from this book. I’ve always been keen to learn more about how depression/stress actually affects the biology of the brain – and wow, did it fascinate and scare me. At one point I was like, “well my brain must be so damaged and I’m almost definitely going to die young”. But then she explained neuroplasticity and the positive biological effects that mindfulness can have on your brain. I learnt that my amygdala is a super-charged little shit with too much power. But I also learnt that I can change that.

Simply put, mindfulness is flipping hard. I have in the past and continue to practice it, but I’m still a massive amateur. But the way that Ruby Wax explains the benefits of it in this book was pretty damn convincing. I try to do it in almost every situation I find myself in because I know and have experienced the success of it.

We should be teaching children from the get-go how to train their brain in this way so they’re equipped with the skills when they need it. Everyone should have this skill, mentally ill or not. This book is well worth a read.

The Brain: The Story of You by David Eagleman

“Neurally speaking, who you are depends on where you’ve been. Your brain is a relentless shape-shifter, constantly rewriting its own circuitry”.

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I have to confess, this was an audiobook and I did zone out sometimes, but I liked what I paid attention to!

I decided to read this because I was so interested in neuroscience after reading A Mindfulness Guide to the Frazzled. I don’t know why we aren’t told more about the science of the brain and mental illness when someone is diagnosed because, for me, it really helped to appease my guilt at having depression.

I’ve never been a science person. I’ve always leant over to the humanities, plus we so often get told in school that you have to be one or the other, rather than enjoying both. So I disliked learning science, but as an adult, I’m fascinated. The brain is amazing. It pretty unbelievable that it can do what it does constantly, no wonder it has some flaws sometimes.

If I hadn’t already learnt a little about the brain from Ruby Wax’s book before reading this, I think I would have struggled to enjoy it without keeping absolutely focused. But it was pretty accessible for the lay-man like me; so much so, that I think I’ll look for other books about the Brain and science in the near future.

A History of Britain in 21 Women by Jenni Murray

” Britain has been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men, and its monarchs. To say that it’s high time that it was defined by its women falls some way short of an understatement.”

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How I haven’t heard of this book before, I do not know. This is so up my street! Half of the women featured in this book I’d heard of, the other half I hadn’t, either way, it was wonderful and features one of the most powerful pieces of writing I have ever experienced; Fanny Burney’s re-counting of her mastectomy.

This book needs to be on every little girl’s bookshelf. When I read books like this, I become so obviously aware of the lack of women role models I had as a child. Boys should also learn about these amazing women; just as little girls learn so much about successful men. But it’s not the same; young women need inspiration and idols to look up to and follow. All of these women were badasses who kicked butt. And I loved it.

I would have picked a few different people, but this wasn’t my book, it was Jenni Murray’s. I personally would have added: Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein and child of Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin, Bernadette Devlin, Irish MP at 21 who I studied for my degree and personally inspires me to commit to my beliefs and values, and fictional character Leslie Knope from Park & Rec because if you’ve seen it, you know why and if you haven’t cancel your plans.

But that’s the point really, every girl should have a selection of amazing women who inspire them to reach their potential and they should be able to find them before they’re in their early twenties and go searching. The answer? Put this book on the curriculum.


Apologies for the lateness of this review, you’ll understand why if you read my latest mental health entry. Expect, a bit of sex and dystopia next month. As always, keep up-to-date with my readings on social media! (Links below 👇👇👇👇👇)

Happy reading! 📚☕️

February 2017

February has been a bit of a mixed month; so I only have three books to tell you about this time. They are:

  • Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  • The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
  • Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran

I have to admit, I have some quirky reading habits which have scuppered my progress this month: I can’t leave a book unfinished, even if I’m not interested, I can’t stop reading in the middle of a chapter (I thought this was a hard and fast rule for all bibliophiles out there, but apparently I’m mistaken) and I have to see through a series of books. At least I’m committed? Anyway, let’s crack on.


Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

“When you live for many hundreds of years, you know that every opportunity will come again.”

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I know, I’m late to the party. I wasn’t much of a reader when I was actually in the age group for young adult novels so I missed some classics. Though classic it may be, I was disappointed by Northern Lights.

I loved Lyra, she’s a wonderful and brave girl who’s feisty and smart. However, I’m biased against books with very long chapters where nothing happens. It was s l o w. The last 100 pages were really good, but I had to battle to get there; but thanks to my inability to stop reading a book mid-way through, I did so. Some of the characters were great, but I did struggle with his descriptions. I’m quite a visual person, but I couldn’t imagine some of the scenes he was describing. Iorek will always have a special place in my heart though, what a bear.

Ultimately, I probably would have preferred this 10 years ago before expectations rocketed. However, I persevered and I’m glad I did. 3 stars, pushing into 3.5 in the end.

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

“Just sort of relax your mind and say yes, it does hurt, I know. Don’t try and shut it out.”

⭐️⭐️

Now, this really did take a lot of dedication to finish. Look, it was fine. It was slow, I missed Iorek and I felt like so much was going on that wasn’t explained. It felt messy and again like the first one it only got interesting towards the last 100 pages. Plus, Will just doesn’t thrill me.

I don’t have too much to say about this book. I wasn’t a fan. I was stuck on whether to even start the last one, but I have and I’m very glad I did. It’s already a whole lot better than both of the others, but I’ll let you know about that next month.

Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran

“Your key hobbies need to be long country walks (get some fresh air in your lungs!), masturbation and the revolution.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is my kind of book. It’s my kind of tone, my kind of issues and my kind of humour. I really enjoyed it, but I was sort of destined to. What I like about Caitlin Moran’s books is that even though they’re very much suited to me, she still challenges my opinions, and I actually disagree with her on quite a few things. But that’s one of the main reasons I keep reading.

I love her honesty and wit, especially on topics which people don’t address enough. I spent the whole time during her essay on wanting to ban homework screaming ‘PREACH’ in my head (it is beyond stupid and I plan to boycott it through my children, poor them).

My only criticism is a personal one which shouldn’t really affect anyone else’s experience of the book; I just dislike how much she talks about drinking and getting wasted. I don’t drink and I don’t like it when people glamourise it (intentionally or not). Like I said, that’s a very personal thing to me, but that said, it doesn’t really take anything away from the book itself.

Overall, what I expected. I would happily recommend.

Ps. Her interview with Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the most spectacular things I’ve ever pictured in my head.


I haven’t exactly varied my reading this month. I’ll get back to you on my final assessment of His Dark Materials next month when I complete The Amber Spyglass. I’ve got quite a line-up of to-read books on my shelf and I’m going to steer clear of any books series after I’ve finished this one. In the meantime, keep up to date with where I’m escaping to on my Goodreads profile, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Page.

Happy reading. 💕📚

January 2017

Happy 2017, and welcome to the new Little Green Teapot. I’m in a steady place with my mental health meaning that I’m less reliant on my mental health blog, but I want to continue to write regularly and as a self-confessed bibliophile, my first thought was books!

So far this year, I’ve read five books. I’m trying to coin the word ‘bookdate’ like a ‘book update’ but I won’t quit my day job… Anyway, here’s the list:

  • Peter Pan by J.M.Barrie
  • Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body by Sara Pascoe
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  • The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer

Let’s dive straight in shall we?


Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

“To die will be an awfully big adventure.”

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I’ve been a long-time lover of the story of Peter Pan. Every year when I was little, for World Book Day I would dress up as Peter Pan and wish so hard that I could fly and live in an underground tree house. And yet, I’d never actually read the full J.M. Barrie novel. I’m quite ashamed, I admit it.

Well, it’s safe to say I’m glad I finally have. It was stunning. It filled me up with childish glee and I was transported to mermaid lagoon to be with my friends. I adored the way J.M. Barrie would add little personal touches to the story, a style that I wish to replicate in the book I’m writing for my little niece.

The starkest thing I realised was that, actually, Peter Pan is a bit of a meany. I don’t think this is a secret to most people who know the story, but I clearly had rose-tinted glasses on from my childhood. Even so, the story will live inside me still and I will be forever grateful to Mr Barrie for bringing this story to life.

 

Animal: The Autobiography of the Female Body by Sara Pascoe

“So you’re unique and unusual, well done, now pop off and eat your banana.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book is the sex education you never had. I loved it. I’m quite ashamed at how much I learnt… I can’t believe how much I didn’t know about my own body and sexuality, it’s a travesty of the modern world. Also, why on earth do I know more about a penis than a vagina? BECAUSE PATRIARCHY.

I listened to the audiobook of this which was exceptional. I always try to listen to books that are read by the author, and Sara Pascoe delivered. It was funny, educational and insightful. I really want to be her best friend.

I’ve dedicated myself to supplying all my young relations (not just girls) with this book until the government sorts out their shit and makes sex & relationship education compulsory for kids. All women out there; read this.

 

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

“We are never so wise as when we live in this moment.”

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I’m very confused by death, which is why I chose this book. It really baffles me that, in one moment, someone is gone forever. I was fascinated by his voice, and the reality of it all made this book feel so special.

I try to stay grounded in the now, especially seen as it’s crucial in order to manage my mental health, but it can be difficult. At the end of the day, you and this moment are all you have – and Paul re-affirmed this in me.

I believe that everyone should consider the philosophy of death. If reading this book is the way you do that, then I approve.

 

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

if you were born with
the weakness to fall
you were born with
the strength to rise

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This was my first real venture into poetry, and it was a fantastic one. The power of words never fails to surprise me. The first part of the book really resonated with me because of my own personal experiences with my father. I would be filled with tears on the train to and from work, not because of sadness, but because of the relief I felt when I was reminded that I wasn’t alone. Rupi is a genius.

I can only hope to ever be able to control words like Rupi does. Not only that, but her honesty is raw and hard hitting. I felt emotionally maturer after reading Milk and Honey, and she’s blown any reservations I had about poetry far, far away.

 

The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer

“We are what our families have made us. But sometimes you can escape that. You can close a door on it and walk into another room. This room is furnished differently. It’s all the things you choose yourself.”

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I won this book in a Twitter competition and I am very glad I did. I confess, I didn’t know anything about it when I won it, I was just drawn in by the idea of a free book (I know, I’m a sucker). I put it ahead on my to-do list because I had the chance to read it before a lot of people, so I opened it up instead of plodding along with Sense and Sensibility (sorry Austen fans).

What was special about this book was that it breathed life. Despite the main character being able to see dead people… Ruby was real to me. I was praying for everything she wanted to happen, but alas, that is not what good writing is. I couldn’t put it down once I passed the half-way point, and I raced through the last 50 pages. Everything in the story felt perfectly weaved together.

There was just something about this story. I loved being swept up in it; a surefire solid fiction.


Who knows what I’ll be reading this month? My to-read shelf is fairly full at the moment, and I’m supposively still reading Sense and Sensibility… But whatever books fall on my lap, I’ll report my thoughts and feelings back here. You can also keep up to date with where I’m escaping to on my Goodreads profile, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Page.

Happy reading. 💕📚