Books That Would Be on Rory Gilmore’s Reading List in 2021

What pop culture’s favourite reader would have on her TBR today. Along with Hermoine and Belle, Rory Gilmore is one of the most-loved fictional characters obsessed with reading. Rory constantly has a book nearby, and even when she isn’t reading, someone else on Gilmore Girls is probably referencing a book. The original show mentioned over 300 booksContinue reading “Books That Would Be on Rory Gilmore’s Reading List in 2021”

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84, Charing Cross Road: A Timeless Classic from a Bygone Era

This year marks the 51st anniversary of the publication of what may be the most unlikely New York Times bestseller ever: Helene Hanff’s 84, Charing Cross Road. It is not even a book in the conventional sense, but rather a collection of letters exchanged by Ms Hanff and London bookseller Frank Doel between 1949 and 1969. The factContinue reading “84, Charing Cross Road: A Timeless Classic from a Bygone Era”

In Conversation with Debut Author Tom Bray

“The real hard work begins once the novel is complete.” Being a writer requires hard work, dedication and a certain degree of persistence. Even then, you’re never guaranteed the traditional route of getting a book deal with a publisher. That in itself can take a lifetime of persistence, which is why self-publishing is becoming moreContinue reading “In Conversation with Debut Author Tom Bray”

5 Books to Help You Live through Uncertainty

This selection of heartwarming fiction reads will give you comfort and reassurance in tough times. Uncertainty has become a dominant facet of life over the past year, and many of us have turned to books to heal our anxieties about the current state of the world. Of course, we all read for different reasons —Continue reading “5 Books to Help You Live through Uncertainty”

‘The President Show’ Is a Dazzling and Haunting Debut novel

This dystopian world reveals a patriarchal, repressive society that sexualizes women with a culture of compliance. Recently, it feels like it has been hard to be a woman. A few weeks ago, a YouGov poll revealed that 97% of women aged between 18–24 in the UK had experienced sexual harassment in some form. Amidst womenContinue reading “‘The President Show’ Is a Dazzling and Haunting Debut novel”

Crime Authors to Read If You Love Agatha Christie

And the best books to start with. Agatha Christie reigned over my teenage years. I was obsessed with her witty, character-rich novels. She formed my taste for the mystery-thriller genre. I consumed every Christie book under the sun, some of them more than once. “Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend.” — Agatha Christie ForContinue reading “Crime Authors to Read If You Love Agatha Christie”

“Where the Crawdads Sing” Challenges Preconceptions of Loneliness and Leading a Simple life

This is a beautiful story and one that contains a timely and important message. Where the Crawdads Sing, has received a lot of media attention and has become one of those books that many people recognise, regardless of whether they have read it or not. As a bookseller, I can say it went through theContinue reading ““Where the Crawdads Sing” Challenges Preconceptions of Loneliness and Leading a Simple life”

What Makes and What Breaks a Good Book

These qualities determine how I feel about every read and encourage me to reflect on what to look for in future books.  Every passionate reader knows that generally, it doesn’t take long to decide how to feel about a book. For me, there is always one decisive moment during each read, when I know to whatContinue reading “What Makes and What Breaks a Good Book”

5 Books to Read if Lockdown Has Killed Your Attention Span

My top easy reads that are perfect for lockdown 3.0. If you’ve struggled to pick up a book in the last year, you’re not the only one — trust me. What should be the perfect time to settle down with a cup of tea and a good read (when you’re forced to stay at home,Continue reading “5 Books to Read if Lockdown Has Killed Your Attention Span”

Jacqueline Wilson’s Impact and the Power of Representation

Let’s talk about the legend that brought us, Tracy “bog off” Beaker and how readers remember her books. When we talk about Jacqueline Wilson, we’re instantly thrown back to the days in our childhood and teen years where we’d devour her books hungrily. Long after we’d be told to turn off the lights, we’d stillContinue reading “Jacqueline Wilson’s Impact and the Power of Representation”