Sofia’s mother, Rose, has spent most of her life in what she describes as excruciating pain, yet simultaneous numbness. Unable to get to the bottom of her illness, Sofia and Rose spend thousands of pounds, remortgaging their home in the process, to travel to the enigmatic Dr. Gomez in arid Spain in the hope that he may offer an explanation and some relief for Rose’s condition. Up until this point, Sofia had been sleeping on a camp bed in the storeroom of the coffee shop she worked in, after dropping out of her PhD program. A keen anthropologist, Sofia quietly studies those whom she meets in this little Spanish town, whilst battling with her own identity issues. She quickly becomes involved with an intriguing German seamstress, but struggles to determine whether her emotions are that of love or obsession.
The NEWTs Magical Readathon is in full swing! I’ve already passed everything I needed to for my career, so I’m now reading additional books to get extra grades. Sometimes I can find it hard to concentrate when there’s a lot going on around me, especially if I can hear conversations (in real life or on television) or music with lyrics. Basically anything with words because the words I’m hearing get all mixed up with the words I’m reading. But I found a solution: ASMR rooms. They changed the game for me when I discovered them a couple of years ago.
When Jen and Hugh Maddox’s daughter, Lana, goes missing on an art retreat in the Peak District, they fear the worst. But four days later, Lana is found, bruised and bleeding but alive. When they ask her what happened, and where she had been, her only answers are ‘I got lost’ and ‘I can’t remember’. The family try to return to their normal lives, but Jen’s need to know what happened leaders to her constant surveillance of Lana’s life, driving them further and further apart, until Jen’s obsession steers her into dangerous territory.
Despite being on a self-imposed book-buying ban, I couldn’t resist snapping up some bargains last month and decided to share my not-so-little book haul with you. A couple of these were already on my TBR list anyway, but most were not. After halving my owned-but-unread pile this year, I felt a little bit guilty for adding so many on in one go, but what’s a girl to do? I was looking for one book in particular on eBay and came across a 20% coupon for MusicMagpie’s eBay store, and with literally hundreds of thousands of books to choose from it’s lucky I only ended up buying nine. I also took a trip home in mid-June and stopped by my local Book Cabin where everything is £1, so I nabbed a couple novels there too. Here’s a little look at all the books I bought in July!
The Strange Bird sees Jeff VanderMeer return to the world that spawned Borne, crafting a novella from the point of view of a piece of Company biotech. The story follows its eponymous bird, who escapes from the laboratory in which she was built. Once in the outside world, she cannot connect with other wildlife and struggles to know which humans she can trust in a landscape destroyed by technology and the people that created it.
Six For Sunday is a weekly blog series created by Steph @ ALittleButALot. This week’s prompt is fictional places I’d like to go on holiday. It was tempting to just use this post to do a tour of Westeros but I managed to resist and explore a little… Here’s my fictional destinations wishlist, with only one of the seven kingdoms mentioned!
Alix Nathan’s debut short story collection follows a variety of characters and their lives during 18th century England, a time when the country is shrouded in the atmosphere of revolution and reaching the height of the Enlightenment.
Drawing on her personal experiences of growing up fat and constantly dieting, Virgie Tovar teaches others to reject that same mindset. She discusses diet culture, fat phobia, sexist fashion and more, arguing that we must unlearn what society has taught us since childhood in order to embrace our bodies, and to learn that it is fine to be fat.
Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality, Stacking the Shelves is a regular feature where I share everything I’ve added to my TBR list in the past month. I’m trying to work through my TBR list without growing it too much, but it seems that every month I do this post, the length of it grows and grows! This month I’ve done things a little differently…
Ah, July! The weather was scorching, our house was turned upside down by workmen, and everything was kicking off at work. On top of all of that, the beginning of the month saw me really struggling to get into anything I was reading. I DNF-ed two books – TWO! – in the space of a week. I normally DNF two a year, if that. I also had my first 1-star read of the year – I would usually DNF if I think it’s going to be a just 1 star, but this one was short and I had nothing else with me to read at the time so I finished it. However, I made up for these with one of my FAVOURITE reads of 2019 in the form of The Other Half of Augusta Hope, and two more excellent 5-star reads: Ask Again, Yes and The Truants.