Mum, blogger, crafter, reviewer, writer, traveller: I love to write and I am not limited by form. Here, you will find stories, articles, opinion pieces, poems, all of which reflect me: who I am, what I love, what I feel, how I view things.
- Top Story - December 2023
Rachel Reviews: The It-Doesn't-Matter Suit and Other Stories by Sylvia PlathTop Story - December 2023
I had no idea that Sylvia Plath wrote children's stories and I'm not sure why this surprised me so much. I purchased this book on a whim in a charity shop, out of curiosity but also because I have not really read much of Plath's work. I'm not sure why that is really. I think that my perception of Plath is of someone battling with depression and so my view of what her work may contain or the subjects that her compositions may be about has been tainted somewhat. I'm not saying that that has put me off but likewise, that assumption may not have drawn me in. I have rectified this by ordering "The Bell Jar" and will report back on my impressions in due course.
Rachel Reviews: Where or When by Anita Shreve
I read Anita Shreve now with a bittersweet-ness born of the knowledge that there is only a finite amount of her books left to read and that I know that it will be a powerful read that I will thoroughly enjoy. And such was the case with Where or When and as always, the anticipation of more, like the pile of her unread novels, is diminished on its completion.
- Top Story - November 2023
An Unexpected Phone CallTop Story - November 2023
There is nothing more joyous than starting your day in the right way. I don't have work today but I do have a mammogram later, which I don't think anyone will ever say is something to look forward to. However, I am not the sort of person to let the prospect of an uncomfortable boob squashing set the tone of her day as this appointment is just a part of it.
Rachel Reviews: The Corset by Laura Purcell
Imagine that you could inflict pain on your enemies without having any actual contact with them; imagine that you could imbue items with a supernatural power which would make them itch or fester or shrink; imagine if this was possible and that you could do this without it being traced back to you.