Τhe Shape of Darkness

Title:The Shape of Darkness Writer: Laura Purcell Publishing House: Raven Books Date of Publication: January 21st 2021 Rate: 5 stars ‘’Shadows flee across the cobbles and climb up walls. Agnes has spent her life studying them, but she has not appreciated their sheer number until tonight. She sees shadows thrown by a dancing flame, the…

Offshore

Title: Offshore Writer: Penelope Fitzgerald Publishing House: Fourth Estate Date of Publication: March 28th 2013 (first published 1979) Rating: 5 stars ‘’I can’t do the things that women can’t do,’ she said. ‘I can’t turn over The Times so that the pages lie flat, I can’t fold up a map in the right creases, I…

Ιnto the London Fog: Eerie Tales from the Weird City

Title: Into the London Fog: Eerie Tales from the Weird City Writer: Various, edited by Elizabeth Dearnley Publishing House: British Library Publishing Date of Publication: August 20th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Like London fog itself, the power of the weird tale lies in its potential to suddenly shift from benign to baleful as the light…

Dead Relatives

Τitle: Dead Relatives Writer: Lucie McKnight Hardy Publishing House: Dead Ink Date of Publication: October 21st 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The garden lies quiet, as if it’s sleeping. Nothing grows this late in November, and everything is sad and grey. The only thing of beauty is the lake that lies at the bottom of the…

The Schoolhouse

Title:The Schoolhouse Writer: Sophie Ward Publishing House: Corsair Date of Publication: May 5th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The university library was housed in an unimposing corner of North London, halfway up the Holloway Road. A small campus occupied the grounds of a former landfill site and seagulls still circled overhead, drawn by the scent of…

Drift

Title: Drift Writer: Caryl Lewis Publishing House:Random House UK Date of Publication: April 21st 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A ripple. A disturbance on the sea that didn’t settle. Something that couldn’t be let go, and the warmth of the sun would magnify it into wind. And the wind would worry it until the weaves and…

Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales

Title: Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales Writer: Edited by Angela Carter, illustrated by Corinna Sargood Publishing House: Virago Date of Publication:  January 1st 2005 (first published 1992) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Little lady, little lady’’, said the boys, ‘’little Alexandra, listen to the watch, tick tick tick: mother in the room all decked in gold.’’…

You Are Eating an Orange. You Are Naked

Title: You Are Eating An Orange. You Are Naked Writer: Sheung – King Publishing House:  Book*hug Press Date of Publication: October 27th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’I am now alone, in a non-place, surrounded by street signs with names that are only phonetics – empty signifiers.’’ Two young people find and lose one another across…

The Hellebore Guide to Occult Britain and Northern Ireland

Title: The Hellebore Guide to Occult Britain and Northern Ireland Writer: Various edited by Maria J. Perez Cuervo Publishing House: Hellebore Date of Publication: December 2021 Rating: 5 stars This beautiful (BEAUTIFUL, I TELL YOU!!!!) guide is an outstanding journey within the heart of Britain and Northern Ireland and all their magical, witchy, ritualistic, occult…

The Ghosts of Rose Hill

Title: The Ghosts of Rose Hill Writer: R.M.Romero Publishing House: PeachTree Teen Date of Publication:  May 3rd 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Lopez means: son of Lope, son of wolf. But it’s the Lopez women who have always howled the loudest. They had to be fierce and stubborn to survive.’’ ‘’They fled the pyres (the flames…

How We Disappear: Novella & Stories

Title: How We Disappear:Novella & Stories Writer: Tara Lynn Masih Publishing House: Press 53 Date of Publication:  September 13th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Yesterday I found myself in St. Servaasbasiliek, and lit two candles. Organ music wended its way into my history, drawing forth doubts. It is music – caught, held, and shot back down…

The Land of Short Sentences

Title: The Land of Short Sentence (original title:Meter i Sekundet) Writer: Stine Pilgaard (translated by Hunter Simpson) Publishing House: World Editions Date of Publication: March 1st 2022  (first published May 15th 2020) Rating: 5 stars ‘’We are still new to this field, and we walk through them with our baby carriage in a state of…

A Postcard for Annie

Title: A Postcard for Annie (original title: Postcort til Annie) Writer: Ida Jessen (translated by Martin Aitken) Publishing House: Archipelago Books Date of Publication: May 10th 2022 (first published January 1st 2013) Rating: 5 stars ‘’In her coat, standing at the counter, Tove wrote: ‘’I’ve gone out.’’ She then crumpled the note in her hand…

Love in Colour: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold

Title: Love in Colour Writer: Bolu Babalola Publishing House: Headline Date of Publication: August 20th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘You are a queen. You are Lorde, Angelou, Simone, Walker, Hooks, Davis, Morrison, Knowles, Fenty, Robinson-Obama. You will shake the world, you will move the earth, you will be audacious with your essence, you will take…

Life Ceremony

Title: Life Ceremony Writer: Sayaka Murata (translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori) Publishing House:Grove Press Date of Publication: July 5th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A hundred years later, what would our bodies be used for? Would we be chair legs or sweaters or clock hands? Would we be used for a longer time after our deaths…

Minor Hauntings (Chilling Tales of Spectral Youth)

Title: Minor Hauntings: Chilling Tales of Spectral Youth Writer: Various edited by Jen Baker Publishing House: British Library Publishing Date of Publication: April 29th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Many years ago there stood at the corner of the street leading out of Upper Kennington – lane a great red-brick mansion, which one very wet evening,…

The Trouble With Happiness

Title: The Trouble With Happiness and Other Stories Writer: Tove Ditlevsen (translated by Michael Favala Goldman) Publishing House: Penguin Classics Date of Publication: March 3rd 2022 Rating: 5 stars “There is nothing so merciful as love.” The Umbrella: An umbrella becomes the metaphor for a young woman’s unsatisfactory life in the hands of a cruel,…

Florence Nightingale (Little People, Big Dreams)

Title: Florence Nightingale (Little People, Big Dreams) Writer: Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’ s Books Date of Publication: April 12th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Never give nor take an excuse.’’             Florence Nightingale 1820, Florence, Italy. A child with a brilliant mind and a golden heart is born….

Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean

Title: Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Carribean Writer: Various edited by Peekash Press Publishing House: Peekash Press Date of Publication:  March 17th 2014 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Here in the rocky haunts of the islanders themselves are landscapes where ‘’the rocks are sharper than a coconut vendor’s cutlass, and the waters lash with a vengeance,’’…

The Mad Women’s Ball

Title: The Mad Women’s Ball (original title: Le Bal Des Folles) Writer: Victoria Mas (translated by Frank Wynne) Publishing House: Harry N. Abrams Date of Publication: September 7th 2021 (first published August 21st 2019) Rating: 5 stars ‘’They imagine naked women running through the corridors, banging their heads against tilled walls, spreading their legs to…

Nordic Tales: Folktales from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark

Title: Nordic Tales: Folktales From Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Denmark Writer: Various, illustrated by Ulla Thynell Publishing House: Chrinicle Books Date of Publication: August 13th 2019  Rating: 5 stars ‘’In the days of our forefathers, when there was nothing but wretched boats up in Nordland, and folks must needs buy fair winds by the…

A World Full of Nature Stories: 50 Folktales and Legends

Title: A World Full of Nature Stories: 50 Folktales and Legends Writer: Angela McAllister, illustrated by Hannah Bess Ross Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: April 12th 2022 Rating: 5 stars Another outstanding collection of myths, legends and fairy tales centred around Nature and its gifts, beautifully written by Angela McAllister and…

Faithful and Virtuous Night

Title: Faithful and Virtuous Night Writer: Louise Gluck Publishing House: Carcanet Press Ltd. Date of Publication: September 6th 2014 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The streetlights were coming on,  lining the sides of the river.  The offices were going dark.  At the river’s edge, fog encircled the lights, one could not, after a while, see the lights…

The Dollmaker of Krakow

Title: The Dollmaker of Krakow Writer: R. M. Romero Publishing House: Walker Books Date of Publication: September 6th 2018 (first published September 12th 2017) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Across the sea, however, was a dark country. Its residents, huge rats whose appetites seemed as great as the ocean itself, had been crafted by a wicked witch…

Winter’s Tales

Title: Winter’s Tales (original title: Vinter- Eventyr) Writer: Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) Publishing House: Penguin Modern Classics Date of Publication: September 27th 2001 (first published 1942) Rating: 5 stars ‘’You have drunk with Sunniva now,’’ she said. ‘’You have drunk down a little wisdom, so that in the future all your thoughts shall not fall…

Midwinter Folk Tales

Title: Midwinter Folk Tales Writer: Taffy Thomas Publishing House: The History Press Date of Publication: February 1st 2015 (first published October 15th 2014) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and a talk beside the fore, it is the time for…

Antrim Folk Tales

Title: Antrim Folk Tales Writer: Billy Teare & Kathleen O’Sullivan Publishing House: The History Press Ireland Date of Publication:  February 1st 2014 Rating: 5 stars ”Folk tales are not defined by scholars and students of folklore. They are, very simply, the stories that people choose to tell, remember and retell time and again and they…

Imbolc: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Brigid’s Day

Title: Imbolc: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for Brigid’s Day Writer: Carl F. Neal Publishing House: Llewellyn Publications Date of Publication: December 8th 2015 Rating: 4 stars ‘’When the dark days of winter seem to have gone on forever, the first sign of spring refreshes our souls. It is a promise that winter will not last…

Amanda Gorman (Little People, Big Dreams)

Title: Amanda Gorman (Little People, Big Dreams) Writer: Maria Izabel Sanchez Vegara (illustrated by Queenbe Monyei) Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Rating: 5 stars “There is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.”    Amanda Gorman A little girl from Los Angeles adores reading….

The Haunting Season: Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights

Title: The Haunting Season Writer: Various Publishing House: Sphere Date of Publication: October 21st 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’He stared down at the trees, feeling a kind of vertigo that was not quite fear. The unearthly light – the dark shapes against the moon-drenched sky – the clarity of outline, the density of the shadows…He…

The Hotel: Ghost Stories with a Feminist Twist

Title: The Hotel Writer: Daisy Johnson Publishing House: BBC Audio Date of Publication: May 27th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’There were 63 jars here and this is the room of 63 fears, all clamoring, all so loud. It is the room I will come back to and, perhaps, this room leads only into the ground.’’…

Murder After Christmas

Title: Murder After Christmas Writer: Rupert Latimer Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: October 10th 2021 (first published 1944) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Anyway, Christmas is a time for forgetting the past and burying hatchets, isn’t it?’’ ‘’What about after Christmas’’, said Frank. ‘’Now you’re making difficulties’’, said Rhoda.’’ The arrival of Uncle…

Crimson Snow

Title: Crimson Snow: Winter Mysteries Writer: Various, edited by Martin Edwards Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: November 10th 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’But seated in the holly-decked apartment before a noble fire which roared bravely up the wide chimney we cared nothing for the frozen world out of doors. We laughed…

Charles Dickens (Little People, Big Dreams)

Title: Charles Dickens (Little People, Big Dreams) Writer: Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, illustrated by Isobel Ross Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: November 9th 2021 Rating: 5 stars “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”                       Charles Dickens (Our Mutual Friend) A young boy sees his world…

Τhe Christmas Egg

Title: The Christmas Egg Writer: Mary Kelly Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: October 10th 2019 (first published 1958) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Princess Karukhina once had been used to lying in a carved bed inlaid with mother-of-pearl, between silk sheets changed daily, covered with down quilts and white urs. The walls of…

A Surprise for Christmas

Title: A Surprise for Christmas Writer: Various, edited by Martin Edwards Publishing House: British Library Crime Classics Date of Publication: October 10th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’It was Christmas Eve and nearly five of the clock, but an afternoon less like the traditional ideas of the seasons would be hard to imagine. True, a little…

Stories for Christmas

Title: Stories for Christmas Writer: Various, illustrated by Bernadette Watts Publishing House: NorthSouth Books Date of Publication: September 14th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’High in the sky, higher than you could ever see, the snowflakes gathered. They came together in huge crowds, whispering all the time about the journey they would soon make to earth….

The Toys’ Christmas

Title: The Toys’ Christmas Writer: Claire Clément, illustrated by Geneviève Godbout Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Date of Publication: November 9th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Soon, Fanfan and Mr Long Ears reach a clearing filled with other toys. There are grumpy -looking bears, smiling dolls, friendly hippos, little clowns and even unicorns! The oldest…

A Very Russian Christmas

Title: A Very Russian Christmas Writer: Various Publishing House: New Vessel Press Date of Publication: September 26th 2016 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A frosty day. From the window, one can see the fluffy white snow covering the streets, the roofs of homes, and the trees. An early twilight. The sky is turning blue.’’  Lida and I…

Chill Tidings

Title: Chill Tidings Writer: Various, edited by Tanya Kirk Publishing House: British Library Publishing Date of Publication: October 16th 2020 Rating: 5 stars ‘’At the edge of the dark sky, sprinkled with stars, a faint band of cold light heralded the rising moon. How different from the grey light of dawn, that ushers in the…

The Penguin Book of Christmas Stories

Title: The Penguin Book of Christmas Stories Writer: Various edited by Jessica Harrison Publishing House: Penguin Classics Date of Publication: October 29th 2020 Rating: 4 stars ‘’First, heavy, blinding snow that falls slowly from above. Then it turns to rain, forming a light wintery mist over the streets of Paris.   Garlands of holly and mistletoe…

Α Very Scandinavian Christmas

Title: A Very Scandinavian Christmas Writer: Various Publishing House: New Vessel Press Date of Publication: September 17th 2019 Rating: 5 stars ‘’He saw a lowly stable behind a steep rock wall, and in the open doorway a few shepherds kneeling. Within the stable, he saw a young mother on her knees before a little child,…

A Very Irish Christmas

Title: A Very Irish Christmas Writer: Various Publishing House: New Vessel Press Date of Publication: September 14th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’ “But me,” was all that she said, and rubbed a dear space in the condensation on the glass as she tried to recompose in her head the dissonant notes that rose at intervals…

Christmas Stories

Title: Christmas Stories Writer: Various edited by Diana Secker Tesdell Publishing House: Everyman’s Library Date of Publication: October 30th 2007 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The last day before Christmas had passed. A wintry, clear night came. The stars peeped out. The crescent moon rose majestically in the sky to give light to good people and all…

The Magic Toyshop

Title:The Magic Toyshop Writer: Angela Carter Publishing House: Virago Date of Publication: May 3rd 2018 (first published 1967) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Melanie had never seen uncle Philip. Once, when she was a little girl, he sent her a jack-in-the-box. He was a toymaker. When she opened the jack-in-the-box, a grotesque caricature of her own face…

Christmas Is Coming: Traditions from Around the World

Title: Christmas Is Coming: Traditions from Around the World (original title: dą święta! O Bożym Narodzeniu, Mikołaju i tradycjach świątecznych na świecie) Writer:  Monika Utnik-Strugala, illustrated by Ewa Poklewska-Koziello Publishing House: NorthSouth Books Date of Publication: September 14th 2021  (first published 2019) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Can you imagine the winter without Christmas?It’s one of the…

Mr Salary

Title: Mr Salary Writer: Sally Rooney Publishing House:  Faber & Faber Date of Publication: February 3rd 2019 (first published April 26th 2016) Rating: 5 stars ‘’It was in my nature to absorb large volumes of information during times of distress, like I could master the distress through intellectual dominance.’’ A young woman returns to Dublin…