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Lizzie the grateful servant in “The Dictionary of Lost Words”: why do authors keep getting class horribly wrong?
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Lizzie the grateful servant in “The Dictionary of Lost Words”: why do authors keep getting class horribly wrong?


On the surface, this all seems good and well. Although, I want to take a closer look at the relationship Esme has with her servant, Lizzie. Esme is motherless, and Lizzie acts in many ways like an older sister and motherly figure all in one. This plot device of women who have lost their mothers and their fathers aren’t great at raising them is a bit tiring and overused for me. Although, I might just read too many books… Continue reading

A Review of “The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois”: Race, gender, and the pecan tree that watches it all
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A Review of “The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois”: Race, gender, and the pecan tree that watches it all


Nations are fiction. The U.S. is fiction. Australia, my home country, is fiction. The stories that are celebrated and told about these nations do not speak to the true history of these lands. They begin at an arbitrary point, picked by and for white supremacy. They are stories told over and over again, like water over stone. They are stories about collective groups that change and form over time. But they are just that – stories. Continue reading

A Review of Peg Conway’s Memoir “The Art of Reassembly”: grief will always linger
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A Review of Peg Conway’s Memoir “The Art of Reassembly”: grief will always linger


Note: This audiobook was provided by Books Forward for review purposes. Thank you to the team at Books Forward and the author for sharing their stories with me. This review is my own opinion, and while I was gifted the book to review, I was not paid for anything that I have written here. Disclaimer: … Continue reading

8 Books to Buy for your Plant and Gardening-Obsessed Friends
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8 Books to Buy for your Plant and Gardening-Obsessed Friends


This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase something through these links, I might make a very small commission. This helps me keep my independent blog alive. Who doesn’t love plants? I mean really. They keep us alive – literally. Whether they are purifying our air, bringing colour and light into our homes, nourishing … Continue reading

A Review of Anna North’s “Outlawed”: “The Handmaid’s Tale” Meets the Wild Wild West
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A Review of Anna North’s “Outlawed”: “The Handmaid’s Tale” Meets the Wild Wild West


This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase something through these links, I might make a very small commission. This helps me fund my blog. I was drawn to the cover of this book. I know what they say, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but here we are. Outlawed by Anna North … Continue reading

What You Need to Make Your First Knitted Jumper with the Knitting Book “Knithow”
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What You Need to Make Your First Knitted Jumper with the Knitting Book “Knithow”


he pandemic has changed a lot of things for many people around the world. People are making sourdough, running, reading, and other at-home hobbies like knitting and crochet. Before I started knitting two years ago, the idea of making a jumper (or sweater for my North American readers) felt out of my reach. I honestly didn’t think that I would ever be able to do it. But here we are, two-ish years after I started knitting. I made a jumper. Continue reading

A Review of Sally Vickers’ “The Gardener”: A novel about siblings, small country towns, and the power of gardening
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A Review of Sally Vickers’ “The Gardener”: A novel about siblings, small country towns, and the power of gardening


After many twists and turns, two adult sisters, Margot and Halcyon also known as Hassie, find themselves living together in a rundown Jacobian house in Hope Wenlock – a small village in the Welsh marshes. The two sisters seem to be completely different. And their relationship is civil but also very cold at the beginning of the novel. The sisters, almost unbeknownst to themselves, want to reconnect. They just don’t know how to do it. Continue reading