No amount of reading will prepare you for the first months of motherhood. That being said, there are some books that I found useful as I navigated the first six months of keeping (myself and) my little human alive, well, and happy. There are so many conflicting opinions about what you should and shouldn't do and before you know it, your head’s spinning and you start to question yourself and your good intentions. Sound familiar? Read on.
A Hello Kitty lunchbox. A writer on a remote island suffering from writer’s block. Musings on the nature of Time. A bullied teenage girl in Japan. A watch. A Buddhist nun. Big philosophical questions. A cat called Pesto. Proust. A suicidal software developer. Tsunamis and Twin Towers. A World War Two kamikaze pilot… This is Ruth Ozeki’s 'A Tale for the Time Being.'
Lanny is a peculiar boy. He’s full of whimsy and seemingly deeply connected to the natural world and his quirky behaviour causes ripples of bafflement and adoration among the people who know him. But Lanny’s strangeness also rouses the interest of something otherworldly: an ancient spirit whose essence permeates the small English village where he lives with his parents. Max Porter delves deep into psyche of his characters and the collective spirit of the community in his darkly poetic way.
Can you imagine the pandemonium of emotions people must feel when a slumbering volcano suddenly erupts? Robert Harris uncovers the fear, panic and confusion of this frightening experience in Pompeii. The events around the catastrophic eruption are explored with a fresh and interesting angle through various Roman citizens' viewpoint. With his in-depth historic knowledge, Harris brings the intrigues, cruelty and splendour of the Roman empire to life.
If you enjoy slightly off-beat stories, filled with magic realism and mystery, you will enjoy Kidd’s stunning writing. Mystery, intrigue and a good dose of dark comedy made this one of my favourite books of 2019.
What would happen if we could erase our bad memories and keep them locked away, bounded between the covers of a book? Bridget Collins explores this concept in 'The Binding'.
My first book was bad, but it doesn't matter because it turned out to be valuable in other ways. Here's why...
This true story sheds light on how your home is deeply connected to your sense of self and wrestles with some uncomfortable questions around home and homelessness.
A fresh spring reading list that will inspire you to read something a little out of your comfort zone.
Winter is in full swing here in Donegal and this means cold stormy days and long dark nights. In other words, it's the perfect time to curl up in front of a fire with a good book. Here are some of the books I’ll be reading when it’s cold and grey outside: 1. Jane Eyre … Continue reading Six books I’ll be reading this winter