Published last year, The Starless Sea is the long awaited follow-up to Erin Morgenstern’s best selling The Night Circus, though the two are completely separate and unrelated stories. It’s almost 500 pages long, a twisting tale of magic, mystery and adventure, but is it worth a read?
When I planned what I was going to read this month, I initially only chose three books. One of those was a novel I had already began and was nearly half way through, another was a lighthearted romcom that I knew I’d fly through and the other was a book I’d been meaning to read for a while and I had it on good authority that I’d be gripped and finish it in a matter of days.
With any luck we’ll never find ourselves in a situation like this again, but while you have a little more time on your hands, we at The Willoughby Book Club challenge you to an art competition!
What a peculiar and unsettling time we find ourselves in. In such a short period of time, we’ve all become fluent in a new language of social distancing and self-isolation, and we have all had to adjust to new ways of navigating what suddenly seems a very scary world.
The upsides of our current situation seem few and far between but having a little time to settle in with a good book is certainly one of them.
This International Women’s Day, we’re taking time to consider the gender imbalance that prevails within the literary landscape, even today. As a team of women, the Willoughby Book Club is passionate about reading and supporting the work of women, trans and non-binary writers. The publishing industry may be better than it ever has been in terms of gender balance, but there still exists a shameful legacy of underfunding and undermining creative women.
What book should I read next? This question is posed to the Willoughby Book Worms on a very regular basis, especially on World Book Day when everyone is talking about all things bookish.
And, while we pride ourselves on being able to quickly choose a fitting title for an avid reader, we also have our own personal favourites that we would recommend to anyone, regardless of their reading preferences. Continue reading
Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us and we’re feeling very loved up here at The Willoughby Book Club. As well as having our love of reading in common, we also pride ourselves on the relationships we have built within our little nook of the bookish community. Friendships and family relationships can be wonderful and strange and wonderfully strange! Continue reading
Shortly before the end of 2019, I was urgently reminded that I was two books behind schedule if I was going to reach my grand target of 30 books for my Goodreads challenge. Apparently, I should have been reading 1.5 books per week to stay on track…