Review: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland / Through The Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: One day, a young girl named Alice is sitting on the riverbank with her sister, when she sees a curious looking white rabbit. She soon after falls into the magical world of Wonderland, where she meets a series of strange creatures. Through the Looking Glass: Nothing is quite what it seems … Continue reading Review: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland / Through The Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll

Review: Go Set A Watchman, by Harper Lee

Synopsis: Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch--"Scout"--returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest … Continue reading Review: Go Set A Watchman, by Harper Lee

Review: To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Synopsis: 'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of … Continue reading Review: To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Spring Book Haul

You may or may not remember, but I have imposed a book-buying ban on myself a few times…ok more than a few times. As with most book lovers, I have this strange impulse to: Go into bookshops. Buy at least one book (normally three) each time I go into a bookshop. This is a curse … Continue reading Spring Book Haul

Review: Stoner – by John Williams

Synopsis: William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at nineteen to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father's farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman. His life is quiet, and after his death his colleagues remember him rarely. Title: Stoner … Continue reading Review: Stoner – by John Williams

Review: A Study in Scarlet – by Arthur Conan Doyle

Synopsis: A dead man is discovered in a bloodstained room in Brixton. The only clues are a wedding ring, a gold watch, a pocket edition of Boccaccio's Decameron, and a word scrawled in blood on the wall. With this investigation begins the partnership of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Their search for the murderer uncovers … Continue reading Review: A Study in Scarlet – by Arthur Conan Doyle

Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray – by Oscar Wilde

Synopsis: Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life; indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence. … Continue reading Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray – by Oscar Wilde

Review: A Single Man – by Christopher Isherwood

Synopsis:  A Single Man is the story of George, an English professor in suburban California left heartbroken after the death of his lover, Jim. With devastating clarity and humour, Christopher Isherwood shows George's determination to carry on, evoking the unexpected pleasures of life as well as the soul's ability to triumph over loneliness and alienation.   … Continue reading Review: A Single Man – by Christopher Isherwood

Review: Cold Comfort Farm – by Stella Gibbons

Synopsis: When sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste is orphaned at nineteen, she decides her only choice is to descend upon relatives in deepest Sussex. At the aptly-named Cold Comfort Farm, she meets the doomed Starkadders: cousin Judith, heaving with remorse for unspoken wickedness; Amos, preaching fire and damnation; their sons, lustful Seth and despairing Reuben; child … Continue reading Review: Cold Comfort Farm – by Stella Gibbons

Review: Animal Farm – by George Orwell

Synopsis: 'All animals are equal - but some are more equal than others' When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless élite among them, masterminded by the … Continue reading Review: Animal Farm – by George Orwell

Review: Dracula – by Bram Stoker

Synopsis: When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula with the purchase of a London house, he makes a series of horrific discoveries about his client. Soon afterwards, various bizarre incidents unfold in England: an apparently unmanned ship is wrecked off the coast of Whitby; a young woman discovers strange puncture marks on her … Continue reading Review: Dracula – by Bram Stoker

December TBR

I’m going to say it ... Are you ready? Are you sure? IT’S CHRIIIISSSTTTMMMASSSSS!!!! The month of drinking too much mulled wine; walking past garishly decorated shops; classic Christmas tunes that get annoying after the 10th time you listen to them; drowning in wrapping paper and ribbons; AND … a few days off to read!Christmas … Continue reading December TBR

No One Writes To The Colonel – by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Synopsis: Fridays are different. Every other day of the week, the Colonel and his ailing wife fight a constant battle against poverty and monotony, scraping together the dregs of their savings for the food and medicine that keeps them alive. But on Fridays the postman comes - and that sets a fleeting wave of hope … Continue reading No One Writes To The Colonel – by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Wuthering Heights – By Emily Brontë

Synopsis: In a house haunted by memories, the past is everywhere ... As darkness falls, a man caught in a snowstorm is forced to shelter at the strange, grim house Wuthering Heights. It is a place he will never forget. There he will come to learn the story of Cathy: how she was forced to … Continue reading Wuthering Heights – By Emily Brontë