Added to Wishlist
- The Librarians and the Lost Lamp – Greg Cox. There are books based on the ridiculous but enjoyable TV series The Librarians. Yay! Which led me to the revelation that there are books based on the ridiculous but enjoyable TV Series Leverage. Double yay!
- Iron Cast – Destiny Soria. Something about the blurb of this one put me off, but I’ve since read some really good reviews, so I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt.
- Dr. James Barry: A Woman Ahead of Her Time – Michael du Preez & Jeremy Dronfield. The story of James Barry aka Margaret Ann Bulkley is an absolutely fascinating one. I’ve read a comment or two about how this simplifies his/her story (Barry was possibly transsexual), but I still want to give it a shot.
- Contentious Terrains: Boglands, Ireland, Postcolonial Gothic – Derek Gladwin. This one seems aimed at an academic market, but I’m intrigued at the influence Ireland’s landscape, in particular its bogs, has had on its literature.
- The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers – Sinead Gleason. I try to keep my eye on Irish fiction, but it can be hard. This looks like an excellent gateway book to all sorts of stuff I might have overlooked.
- The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland – Sinead Gleason. When I see ‘the North of Ireland’, I think ‘Northern Ireland’, but this includes works by women from Donegal, so it seems to be a bit more wide-ranging.
- The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman – Denis Theriault. I should probably just give in to the Radio 2 Book Club.
- Mistletoe and Murder – Robin Stevens. A festive Murder Most Unladylike book! It turns out there are also two short stories in the series (one of them is about vampires!) that I hadn’t realised existed, so those are on the list too.
- Frogkisser! – Garth Nix. I went to a launch event for Goldenhand the other day, and Garth Nix read the beginning of Frogkisser! (and told us that it’s been optioned for an animated musical movie). Lads, it sounds absolutely wonderful.
- Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics – Jason Porath. I’ve not come across the blog this is based on, which is a shame because this looks like an awesome book.
Articles of Note
- First Heterosexual Civil Partnership in British Isles Celebrated. It makes no sense that civil partnerships are only available to gay couples. No sense!
- 100 Must-Read YA Books With Little Or No Romance. YA books without a love triangle exist??? (I know they do, but they still deserve some attention.)
- What Netflix Documentary Should You Watch Tonight? I’m so bad with documentaries. I never seek them out, because they tend to be super depressing, but when I stumble across them I usually enjoy them (I watched a documentary on BBC 4 the other week about high security prisons in Russia. If I’d read the TV listings, I would never have tuned in because, you know, real life is rubbish, but it was a fascinating watch so I’m glad I stumbled across it).
- Lewis Grassic Gibson’s Sunset Song Voted Scotland’s Favourite Book. Let’s flash back to this post, and, um no. I’ve lived in Scotland for around ten years now and absolutely no one has recommended this book to me. Who voted in this poll?? (Although that said, it actually looks really good…)
- Mark Haddon Joins John Le Carre and Ian Rankin in the Fight Against Amazon. I’m not on board with the idea of extra content for people who buy books from anywhere but Amazon. I absolutely think that Amazon should pay taxes – properly and fully – but as someone who grew up outside a city, it’s not always feasible to say that people should shop in a bricks and mortar bookshop.
- 10 Women-Directed Films for Halloween. The title feels awkward, but the content is worth it.
- This Magazine Has Invented the ‘Irish Barmbrack Cocktail’ for Halloween. Wow. Really? Sidenote: I can’t remember the last time I had barmbrack.
- 12 Must-Read YA Books Out In October. Some really good stuff has been released this month, by the looks of it.
- Scotland to Pardon Gay Men Convicted Under Outdated Laws. Very cool, but an apology can’t just be implied it has to be clearly and loudly made.
- 15 Books All 90s Kids Borrowed From The School Library. Some of these weren’t actually published until the 00s, but so much love for so many titles on this list!
- Apple Crumble Cake. This looks incredibly pretty (and tasty).
- Apple Crumble Cupcakes. I really only know the name Zoella because you can buy stuff with her name on it in Superdrug, yet I’m still surprised that she posts cupcake recipes. No clue why.
- Sticky Apple Cider BBQ Chicken. Autumn or not, it’s always BBQ time.
- The 20 Best Cake Recipes: Part 1 & Part 2. Definitely want to give the brownies a try.