2017/10/21

BOOK REVIEW:
GHOSTLY TALES

Title: Ghostly Tales: Spine-Chilling Stories from the Victorian Age
Authors: M. R. James, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, F. Marion Crawford, Amelia Edwards
Published: 2017
Language: English
Pages: 176
Rating: 4/5


Summary:
This is a collection of seven spooky tales from the Victorian era.


Review:
Who doesn't love a good, old-fashioned ghost story?

I really, really enjoyed reading this book, and I say that even though I'd read most of the stories in here already. The book is filled with old houses, ghosts, graves, dead bodies, you name it. It's exactly the kind of book it says it is; spine-chilling. The accompanying illustrations in this book are quite lovely as well, and it's just a gorgeous book to have on ones shelves.

I also really like that the stories chosen for this collection are of such variety, and I'm sure there's something for everyone in here. I just love the time period this is set in and you get such a good feel for all the authors different styles.

I would highly recommend this book if you like reading classic spooky stories. It's perfect for autumn and for cuddling up in the sofa with in the weeks around Halloween.
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2017/10/20

2017/10/18

BOOK REVIEW:
CHURCH OF MARVELS BY LESLIE PARRY

Title: Church of Marvels
Author: Leslie Parry
Published: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 320
Rating: 2/5


Summary:
Set in New York in 1895, this is the story of four young outsiders, among them circus perfomers, a night soiler and a woman escaped from an asylum, whose lives come together one fateful night.


Review:
I am not convinced by this book.

There is so much going on in this book that it's hard to know where to start, and I think this is its downfall; we follow all of four main characters, all very different. We've got a circus, a poor boxer, a mysterious baby, an asylum, a crazy mother-in-law, opium dens, you name it. It's all in here and the story drowns in it.

I think it's very difficult to have so many main characters and do them all well, and this does not achieve that. They're interesting, but difficult to connect to. I could also see where the story was going very early on and by the time I got halfway through, I just wanted to be done with it already. The writing does redeem it quite a lot though; I really enjoyed the descriptive style of it.

I think a lot of people would like this book though and maybe I am a bit harsh in my rating, but I stand by it. I'd recommend giving it a go if you think it sounds like something you'd like, because the majority of readers do seem to enjoy this.
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2017/10/17

THINGS I LIKE NO. 6

I love this lipstick all year round, but in the fall months it's extra suitable I think; it's the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in the shade Glastonberry. It's a really deep shade and it's matte, but not dry, which is pretty incredible.

I generally quite enjoy the make-up from Charlotte Tilbury, though it's definitely a luxury item. I also love they way they are packaged!

This is definitely one of my favorite make-up items, I love wearing it!
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2017/10/16

BOOK REVIEW:
REDEFINING REALNESS BY JANET MOCK

Title: Redefining Realess: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More
Author: Janet Mock
Published: 2014
Language: English
Pages: 289
Rating: 4/5


Summary:
In this profound and courageous book, Janet Mock tells the story of her experiences of growing up multiracial, poor and trans in America and her journey of becoming a woman.


Review:
This is an important and fantastic read.

The story is written in an accessible and compassionate way, even if the prose is a bit off on occasion. It's honest and moving, and sheds light on vital concepts without being condescending. It's very good at explaining the fact that transitioning is more than just the act of acquiring the "right" body; it's a continual process and womanhood does not need to be contained within certain walls. Because of this, I think this would be an excellent introduction to this topic, the trans experience and the concept of womanhood in general.

I also really appreciate that Mock includes some of the darkness to her tale as well and is honest about the fact that even though she now is a successful and well-adjusted woman, the road there wasn't easy and isn't easy for most people. She also seems aware of her own privileges (the few that she has).

I would definitely recommend this book to just about everyone. It's great for both those new to the topic and not, as well as people who new to memoirs. It really is just a very good book.
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