Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes: Review & Recommend | CLASSICS CATCHUPS

Warning: Due to the concept of this book, this review contains potentially sensitive discussion around eugenics and using experiments to raise the IQ of an individual.

I was gifted Flowers for Algernon by a friend quite a while ago, and I put it on my list to read for Readathin in February, and never managed to read it. Finally, I got round to picking it up a few days ago, and found it a really enjoyable read!Read More »

Review & Recommend: The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells

The Invisible Man – H. G. Wells: Review & Recommend | CLASSICS CATCHUPS

I will admit, I didn’t really know what to expect with The Invisible Man. Obviously, I expected an invisible man to feature, and in that respect, I was certainly not disappointed. I meant to read this in March, for Readathin, but I completely failed on that front. Uni got away with me, as I expected it probably would, and then the pandemic has meant I’ve had to move out of uni, back home, and I’ve had less concentration for reading. Still, I just got round to reading it, so I’m reviewing it. Only a month later than I wanted to have read it by! I’m going to keep this review relatively spoiler-free, but it is over 100 years old, so I’m not going to be too stringent about that. If you’ve not read it, I won’t be spoiling the finer plot details for you, don’t worry! But I will discuss the overarching plot a bit.Read More »

The End of the Ocean – Maja Lunde: Review & Recommend | LATEST RELEASES

A couple of months ago, I read and reviewed The History of Bees by Maja Lunde. The End of the Ocean is the second in the series, tied together thematically rather than with characters. The End of the Ocean explores the effect of development and climate change on water supplies and the natural landscape across different time periods, 2017 and 2041. The End of the Ocean was also my first book that I read for read-a-thin in February, so I’m happy I can tick that off my list. The rest of my TBR for read-a-thin can be found here.Read More »

Review & Recommend: Solar - Ian McEwan

Solar – Ian McEwan: Review & Recommend | ELLIE LOVES

Includes spoilers

Being midway through the final year of my degree means only one thing: dissertation. Having chosen to do a creative writing dissertation instead of a traditional research dissertation, I’m reading a lot of novels. Specifically, I’m reading a lot of eco-fiction, or works that in some way address the climate crisis we find ourselves in. This is why I picked up Solar, after asking for it as a Christmas gift. My hopes for a novel centred around a physicist inventing new methods of carbon-neutral energy were fairly quickly dashed in the first few pages, and weren’t reignited. I was somewhat familiar with McEwan’s work, and I knew Solar was satire, but I still expected a bit more focus on the eco aspect of the book. As a result, it wasn’t really useful research for my dissertation, but it wasn’t unenjoyable.Read More »

The History of Bees – Maja Lunde: Review & Recommend | ELLIE LOVES

Contains mild spoilers!

The History of Bees was the first book I finished after reading Ulysses, so it had a lot to live up to. While it’s definitely not as dense and challenging as Ulysses, it was definitely a good read, and I read the entire thing in roughly three sittings. I knew very little about Maja Lunde before starting the book, and was pleased to find out after she has a very successful writing career, with several children’s books, and a second adults book in the Climate Quartet series (The History of Bees being the first), Blue. It’s exciting to see an author planning to put out a four book series focused on climate issues, as the climate emergency is the biggest problem humanity is facing in our history, and the more it’s written about and talked about, the more pressure can be put on governments and businesses to make impactful changes. Of course, writing about climate change is in no way a solution, but it’s important to be loud about it, to keep pushing the potential impacts if nothing does change, and this is where writing can come in, offering a potential future world, and the 2098 of The History of Bees is definitely not a world I want my descendants to be growing up in.Read More »