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

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

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

Literary Olympics: The best literary fiction books of 2020-2021
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Literary Olympics: The best literary fiction books of 2020-2021


The Olympics just finished up in Tokyo, Japan. It has been, to say the very least, a very strange time. On the one hand, my brain can’t seem to comprehend that we even had an Olympics given the current state of the world right now, and then, on the other hand, I also understand the importance of having something ‘normal’.

With all that said, I wanted to have some light-hearted fun and do the 2020-2021 Book Olympics! Continue reading

A Review of Kavita Bedford’s “Friends and Dark Shapes”: sharehouses, the gig economy, and millennial living
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A Review of Kavita Bedford’s “Friends and Dark Shapes”: sharehouses, the gig economy, and millennial living


Disclosure: Sections of the blog may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. This helps keep this small independent blog going. This is one of those times where I bought the book because the cover was just too beautiful. Despite the old saying … Continue reading

3 Life Lessons from “You Matter”: A review of Matthew Emerzian’s self-help book
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3 Life Lessons from “You Matter”: A review of Matthew Emerzian’s self-help book


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. I have read a lot of self-help books this year. 2020 seems to be the year of reflecting on ourselves, our communities, and our world. In some ways, the books often say … Continue reading

“my wife said you may want to marry me”: a review of Jason B. Rosenthal’s memoir
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“my wife said you may want to marry me”: a review of Jason B. Rosenthal’s memoir


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. I wanted to like this book. I really did. As many of you know, I review and write a lot about grief here on Bound2Books so this memoir from Jason B. Rosenthal … Continue reading