With the UK release of the film adaptation of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ just around the corner, we thought it was about time we posted our Book Club round up of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic children’s book. A sci-fi adventure that has stood the test of time, being first published in 1962, the buds actually had pretty similar views on this month’s choice; it had a lot of potential, with it’s whimsical characters, imaginative setting and intriguing set-up, but unfortunately never quite packed the punches that it promised to deliver. Read on for our full discussion!
By Michelle Nathan
Hello lovely Book Buds! I was lucky to receive an ARC of ‘The Illumination of Ursula Flight’ by Anna-Marie Crowhurst from NetGalley, and had many thoughts and feelings about it (as per usual…!) Read on for the full review, and hope you enjoy 🙂
‘The Illumination of Ursula Flight’ is a vividly told, humorous, honest tale of a young girl’s journey towards becoming a playwright, and the hardships she faces along the way. Stuck in 17th Century England, a time where all that was expected of a girl of her status was to become an obedient wife and doting mother, Ursula Flight meets an actress by chance and starts dreaming of a bigger, brighter future. A passion for writing is ignited and has her scribbling plays in the margins of her diary and yearning to see the stages of a London playhouse. But the course of true love never did run smooth, and Ursula has to face down pompous suitors, dashing rogues and tragic times before the stars align and she’s given the chance to live her life on her own terms.
Hello friends! Today we’re trying out a new format called ‘Recommend to a Friend,’ where one Bud recommends something that they think another Bud will enjoy, and we see if it’s a match made in heaven or a hellish experience they’d rather forget (hopefully the former!) I lent my collection of ‘Ms Marvel’ comics (Volumes 1 – 5) to Elen and Kate, so let’s see how they fared with them!
For our extra spoopy Halloween Book Club special, we all read the first volume of ‘Spell on Wheels,’ a new comic book series about three young witches living and practising magic in America. In this story arc, their house is broken into, and various magical and sentimental items stolen, leading to a cross-country road trip to reclaim what is rightfully theirs and take down the thief before the thief takes THEM down. Let’s get crack-a-lackin!
Hello friends! So for my second ‘Literary Listography’ post I’ve decided to write about my favourite science-fiction novels. Please note that these are my current favourite sci-fi picks, and they will probably change in the (near!) future, as I love the genre. From the novels set in space, with weird and wonderful alien species and wayward voyagers discovering new worlds, to the books with a more dystopian spin, which look at how technological and scientific advances could shape and affect humanity. You never know what you’re going to get with sci-fi, and that’s what I love about it!
Welcome to our latest book club so far! (We’re gonna work on it guys) For September we read a classic adventure story Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. We follow our intrepid protagonist Jim Hawkins on a treasure hunt to a desert island during which he encounters pirates, maroons and lots and lots of treasure. This high seas tale created many of the pirate tropes we all recognise today and is probably best remembered for its villain the legendary Long John Silver. But does this classic live up to our expectations? Let’s find out!
By Michelle Nathan
A hearty hello, young lords and ladies! Over the weekend I had the pleasure of going to see AUSTENTATIOUS – an improv comedy show in the style of Jane Austen, where the plot line is based solely on title suggestions from the audience, making every show completely unique. I’ve been trying to go to one of these shows for over a year now, so when the stars finally aligned on Sunday my expectations were high and I could barely contain my excitement. I was slightly worried, however, as I know that improv comedy can be very hit or miss, depending on the style of humour (and, frankly, how talented the actors are!) but the show was absolutely incredible. I can’t remember the last time I laughed that much while watching a live performance, and by the time the cast were taking their final bows me and my friends were already talking about booking tickets for their next London show.
Happy August, friends! For this month’s book club we decided to read A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. A nice, light summer read, wouldn’t you say?! This disturbing novel lead to some quite polarising views amongst the buds, so read on to see what we all thought!
Hi everyone! For this month’s book club we decided to read Agatha Christie’s classic ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’. We have a good mix of Christie veterans and newbies amongst the Book Buds so we had quite the discussion! So settle in, make yourself a cuppa and maybe grab a finger sandwich or two or a nice scone, and let’s get stuck in, shall we?
WARNING, THERE BE MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. Unavoidable with a murder mystery unfortunately. Read the novel then read on!
By Michelle Nathan
Hi friends! This month I am reviewing WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI, a tale of romance, comedy and some carefully orchestrated destiny centring around two young, first generation Indian-Americans whose parents have plotted an arranged set up between the two. But, in the vein of all classic rom-coms, only one of them knows about the arrangement, while the other is initially completely oblivious. Miscommunication, hijinks and all of the cutesy rom-com tropes in the world are afoot in this charming story about young love, chasing your dreams and following your heart. Hope you enjoy!