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

How To Get Out of a Reading Slump
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How To Get Out of a Reading Slump

Today, I wanted to hit pause on my usual book reviews and bookish articles and have a chat about what it is like to be in a reading slump when you have a book blog. As you can imagine, it can be pretty frustrating to be in a reading slump when you have a book … Continue reading

A Review of Tabitha Carvan’s “This Is Not a Book About Benedict Cumberbatch”: unapologetically loving things
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A Review of Tabitha Carvan’s “This Is Not a Book About Benedict Cumberbatch”: unapologetically loving things

Carvan’s book is about motherhood and the changes it brings with it. It is (despite what the title suggests) also a little about her love of Benedict Cumberbatch. And it is about losing yourself and then finding a way back to yourself by exploring and embracing the things that bring you joy. Continue reading

“The Island of Missing Trees” by Elif Shafak: Intergenerational trauma and healing through writing
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“The Island of Missing Trees” by Elif Shafak: Intergenerational trauma and healing through writing

Shafak’s novel has a simple premise, love. And it might seem like a cliche, but it just works for this beautiful story. Defne, a Turkish woman, and Kostas, a Greek man, fall in love at the peak of the conflict in Cyrpus in 1974. Their love is helped along by a beautiful mixed Turkish and Greek couple Yusuf and Yiorgos and a little tavern called “The Happy Fig”. Continue reading

Exploring Australia’s Colonial History: A review of “Devotion” by Hannah Kent
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Exploring Australia’s Colonial History: A review of “Devotion” by Hannah Kent

Devotion is an Australian colonial saga. It chronicles the Prussian and German immigrants who travelled to Australia, specifically to South Australia, in the 1800s. It is about love, loss, religious persecution, and the Australian landscape. Continue reading

A Review of Brené Brown’s “The Gifts of Imperfection”: being imperfect is actually perfect
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A Review of Brené Brown’s “The Gifts of Imperfection”: being imperfect is actually perfect

This article may contain affiliate links. If you purchase through these links it means I can make a very small commission. This money goes directly into keeping this blog free and accessible for all. BUY YOUR COPY OF BROWN’S BOOK HERE. As I write this review, International Women’s Day is approaching – March 8th – … Continue reading

5 Great Books About Mental Health – because therapy isn’t cheap!
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5 Great Books About Mental Health – because therapy isn’t cheap!

We are in the third year of a pandemic. Everyone is going through something right now. Some people are doing better than others, and how well someone is doing right now can be affected by a lot of things. Money, job and housing security, intimate relationships, friendships and support safety nets differ from person to person. Continue reading

Book Review of “Wild Souls” by Emma Marris: Rethinking nature conservation and the wild
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Book Review of “Wild Souls” by Emma Marris: Rethinking nature conservation and the wild

This article may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase through the link, it might mean that I can make a small commission. This helps keep my blog alive. Emma Marris’ book Wild Souls was an easy read for me at the beginning of 2022. I saw it in the nonfiction section at my … Continue reading