Reading Wrap Up: January 2019

The first month of 2019 is coming to a close, and it is bringing with it my monthly reading wrap up! Every month, I set myself the challenge of reading a certain number of books, and I try to specify precisely which books I want to read. This January, I set myself the challenge of... Continue Reading →


“The Heart of Darkness”: Book Review

Title: The Heart of Darkness. Author: Joseph Conrad. Publication: 1899, Blackwood's Magazine. My Edition: 1998, Oxford UP. Length: 117 pages. Genre(s): Classic, Adventure, Cultural. My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Audible The Heart of Darkness describes the journey of a sailor named Marlow as he travels up the Congo River. During this time, the Congo... Continue Reading →

“Black Wings”: Book Review (New Release)

Title: Black Wings. Author: Megan Hart. Publication: 2019, Flame Tree Press. Length: 288 pages. Genre(s): Gothic, Fantasy, Thriller. My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ Links: Goodreads | Amazon Megan Hart's Black Wings is a gothic thriller that focusses on the lives of a seemingly ordinary family. Marian Blake lives in a typical street with her typical - if a little... Continue Reading →

“The Boneless Mercies”: Book Review

Title: The Boneless Mercies. Author: April Genevieve Tucholke. Publication: 2018, Farrar, Straus and Giroux. My Edition: 2018, Simon & Schuster Children's UK. Length: 352 pages. Genre(s): YA, Fantasy, Retelling. My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Audible The Boneless Mercies is a YA fantasy standalone novel that forms a feminist retelling of the Old English... Continue Reading →

“Iron Gold”: Book Review

Title: Iron Gold. Author: Pierce Brown. Publication: 2018, Del Rey Books. Length: 23 hours, 23 minutes (601 pages). Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Dystopian. My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Audible Pierce Brown's sci-fi/fantasy series appeared to end with Morning Star, the third book in the Red Rising saga. Yet Brown wasn't finished, and Iron Gold brings the... Continue Reading →

My Blogging Story

Dear Followers, I am delighted to tell you that, earlier in the week, "A Literary Life" received its 500th follower! This is a massive milestone, both for me and my blog. When I first started out, I would have been ecstatic with 50 followers. Now, at 500, I just feel overwhelmed. I am incredibly grateful to everyone... Continue Reading →

Down the TBR Hole #9

Down the TBR Hole is a blog meme begun in 2016 by Lost in a Story. It's a fun way of organising your bookshelves, asking you to separate the books you actually want to read from those you added to your TBR list because you thought you probably should. Rules: Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf. Order... Continue Reading →

Author Q&A: Zita Harrison

Towards the end of last year, I had the pleasure of reading Owl Manor, a gothic novel written by Zita Harrison. If you read my review, you will know that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, which is why I was delighted when Zita agreed to take part in a short Q&A with me. I hope... Continue Reading →

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