My method for reading poetry is fairly stable. Especially work from a poet who is unknown to me. I read it all through once quickly. I’m picking up on language use, on rhyme, on rhythm, and on the use of language but only at a superficial level. I then reread a day or two later and take my time. I look again at poems that stand out to me – and these might be different every time I read the collection – and then I think about what the words are actually saying to me. The beauty of poetry to me is that I have no way of knowing if what I am “hearing” is what the poet actually meant to say to me. That to me is the point of good poetry. I can read my emotions and my pain into someone else’s words and find solace, or joy, or a sense of not being alone.Read more
How to transform your school into an LGBT+ friendly place: A practical guide for nursery, primary and secondary teachers is a new book that has been released from Dr Elly Barnes, CEO and Founder of LGBT+ charity Educate & Celebrate and Dr Anna Carlile, Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths University in London.Read more
I really enjoyed this book. There were several reasons - the story was different, the writing was up to the challenge of the complex plot and the timeliness of the central thesis. I have Barbara Winkes books on my Kindle but haven’t read them yet. They’ve climbed up the to TBR (to be read) pile now. As ever, there are no spoilers in this review.Read more
This is a series and you’re lucky if you haven’t read it yet as it means you won’t have to wait on tenterhooks for the newer books to be released. They’re all here!Read more
Welcome to the newly opened Reading Room on Planet Nation! Here we will gather every month and talk books. I love books, I love the smell of them, the feel of them and I love seeing them lined up nicely or just piled up on people’s shelves. Doesn’t matter if it’s matching leather bound editions of the classics or dog eared well thumbed thrillers. As long as folks love books they’re welcome here.Read more
The crimes are part of the ongoing story, but the relationships are centre stage.
Planteer Anne reviewed Radclyffe's Princetown series and thought of it a bit like the snuggly fleece and warm socks with the cocoa idea.
Five Stars for Radclyffe's Provincetown SeriesRead more
Lesfic is a booming area; both self-publishing, and the launch of several lesfic-specific publishing houses has resulted in this market expanding over the past 5 years. Across the world thousands of lesfic books are released every year in both e-book and print book format.
A new awards, The Lesfic Bard Awards has been announced, which is set to provide an opportunity to showcase many of these authors, and to help readers find books that interest them.Read more
A Darker Kind of Love is exactly what it says on the tin. Hanna is still living with her crazy ex-girlfriend Mel, but there’s a twist, Mel is a ghost. Hanna meets Sophie and they fall hopelessly head over heels in love. Can Hanna get rid of Mel, persuade her to move on so that her and Sophie can get the happy ending they both want?Read more
The Girl on the Edge of Summer is the ninth book in the Micky Knight series. I have to say up front that I love Micky Knight. I am well aware that she is a fictional character and I don't think she's real (not like the woman I used to work with who knitted baby clothes and sent them whenever a baby was born on Coronation Street). I wouldn't want to be in a relationship with her either - way too stressful.Read more
Everything Between Us is the 3rd book in the Pink Bean Series but can be read as a stand alone book. Josephine is a graduate student who has a fan girl crush on Famous Author Caitlin James.Read more
The U-haul Diary is honestly one of the funniest books I have ever read. K.B. Draper has a wit and quirkiness about her like none other. K.B.'s story telling abilities left me wanting to be her friend by the end of the book. She has to be a hoot in real life to write the way she does.Read more
This is the third adventure of Sanne and Meg and as soon as I put it down, I wanted to chase Ms Hunter to get book four written. If you haven't read one and two, I suggest (after you read this review) you go to your purchase place of choice and get them. My guess is that if you start with three, you'll only want to get one and two anyway so you might as well start there and read them in order. Trust me, on that!Read more