Review: Far from the Madding Crowd | Thomas Hardy

The only Thomas Hardy novel I had read prior to reading this was Tess of the D’Urbervilles, which was prescribed reading for my GCSE English Literature qualification. To be honest, after that, I didn’t want to pick up another Thomas Hardy book anytime soon. But my best friend has been insisting for years that I…

Review: A Year and a Day | Isabelle Broom

I’m going to start this review by saying that yet again, it was a book I absolutely loved, which I devoured in the space of a weekend. Isabelle Broom is one of those authors who will make you want to travel, if you didn’t want to already. And if you did, you’ll love soaking up…

Review: The Versions of Us | Laura Barnett

Seeing that this book was partially set in Cambridge, I bought it for a friend who lives there for her birthday. Turns out, she’d already read it – but I’m so glad I got to take it home and devour it myself. This is one of those books you just can’t put down, and with…

Review: Wilde Lake | Laura Lippman

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love To Kill a Mockingbird. While school friends complained about the hours spent reading this in class and writing essays on it for GCSE, I was falling in love with the characters, the plot, and the clever criticism of society woven into its pages. So why am…

Review: How to Find Love in a Bookshop | Veronica Henry

After a couple of heavier reads in the first couple of weeks of this year – one being heavy in terms of it being a classical novel, Jane Eyre, and the other being heavy due to it being 880 pages long, A Clash of Kings – I was keen for something a bit lighter when…

Review: I’ll Give You the Sun | Jandy Nelson

Having previously read Nelson’s The Sky is Everywhere a couple of years back now, I’ll Give You the Sun had unfortunately been left on the shelf at my parent’s house while I was down South. I say ‘unfortunately’ because I’m so gutted I didn’t read this sooner, it’s a true masterpiece. Following twins Noah and…

Review: Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bronte

I don’t know how I managed to avoid having to read this literary classic through all those years of GCSE, A-level, and degree level English Literature classes, but somehow I did. And now I’ve read it, I’m a little disappointed in myself that it took me so long.