Requiem for a Dream

51rNsGs4y0L._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_by Hubert Selby Jr.

ISBN 978 0 141 19566 7, first published in 1979, buy it on Amazon.

I genuinely had no idea what to expect when I started reading Requiem for a Dream (1979). I, embarrassingly, didn’t even know what requiem meant (‘requiem’ has a number of meanings; (1) a Mass for repose of the souls of the dead and (2) an act or token of remembrance, in case you were wondering). But, looking back now, Requiem for a Dream is the perfect title for this story. I’m sure somebody somewhere has analysed it in minute detail.

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The Wind in the Willows

51PODMv-8wL._SX319_BO1,204,203,200_By Kenneth Graham

ISBN 978 1 85326 017 9. Buy it on Amazon.

The Wind in the Willows (1908) by Kenneth Grahame made such a refreshing change to the books I’ve been reading lately on my list of forty-two. Although I’ve been enjoying the challenge and have liked almost all of them (who can forget my controversial hatred dislike of Hemingway) they have all been very ‘adult’; with lots of sex and drugs, but unfortunately no rock ‘n’ roll – haha!

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The Color Purple

51X5xpI6mVL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_by Alice Walker

ISBN 978 1 7802 2871 6, first published in Great Britain in 1983, buy it on Amazon.

I read The Color Purple (1983) in two days. I cannot remember the last time I managed to read a book in that short amount of time. When I say read I mean really read the book. I read every sentence and took it all in, every little detail; the characters, the scenery, everything. I loved everything about it and here’s why:

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Letters to Eloise


by Emily Williams

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Disclaimer: I was sent this book by the author in return for an honest review.

I have to admit, when I was first sent Letters to Eloise (2017) I was sceptical. This was for a number of reasons. First, I am a professional proof reader. I generally work off of a computer screen and knew that I would find it challenging reading the novel as a pdf. Honestly, I spent the first hundred pages proof reading and not simply reading. Not good – but I admit, that was completely on me.

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