April| Celebratory TBR: April Fools, Autism Awareness Day, Earth Day…

April brings many events such as April Fools, Autism Awareness Day, Earth Day and St. George’s Day. I wanted to create a TBR inspired by these events to celebrate them or raise more awareness around them. So let’s have a look into these events!

April Fools Day

Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams

I wanted to go with a fool in love theme with a rom-com style book for this event. This is a commute to work turned love story where there is an ad posted in the daily paper saying ‘to the girl with the coffee.. I’m the guy who’s always standing near the doors… drink sometime?’ I’ve seen a lot of memes about these messages in papers before, bringing the daily commute to life, and thought it would be fun to read a story about it.

Autism Awareness Day

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

This is a remarkable book written by Higashida, who’s autism makes spoken communication impossible, but an ambitious teacher taught him to point to letters, build words and paragraphs to communicate. This is an extraordinary account of what it is like to be autistic, to answer all the questions people have about autism and to see life through the eyes of someone with autism. This book raises awareness and is a bid for more education and awareness on autism.

Earth Day

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

This is a remarkable novel which is a true love story to nature, the wild and the free. I have already read this but I could not think of another book that is such an ode to nature, a novel with a strong pull to the earth and its beauty. Aside from this focus, this is a masterpiece of a novel. It is a love story, an abandonment story, an outsider story and a murder mystery tied all into one.

St. George’s Day

The Best of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Can you get more british than Sherlock Holmes? I have always loved the films and the series shows. I want to read the stories this month! St. George’s Day is also my birthday, so I prefer to refer to this date as St. Charlon’s day but the rest of the world is yet to go along with this.

What will you be reading this month?

Happy reading,

Charlon ♦︎


Book Review: Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Genre: Fiction/ General Fiction

Source: Waterstones online order


Antara has suffered at the hands of her mother for years, she was abusive and never showed her love or affection. Now, her mother is suffering with Alzheimer’s disease and is relying on Anatara to look after her. This is a story of a toxic mother- daughter relationship without closure.

What I Thought

This was so difficult to get into, it was so flat and relied so much on the premise of Antara’s mother being awful and now Antara has to care for her mother and it didn’t move much further past that. Her father never cared for her either but this was much more overlooked. There was a lot of women hating women in this book and it really didn’t sit right with me. I think it was unknowingly very mysoginistic and I struggled to get to the point of the book unfortunately.

The novel is shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize. I think that at some point down the line, I’ve really missed the underlying theme of this book. I think it’s gone over my head because of my initial issues with it. As the book progressed, I believe that Antara was a mirror image of her mother in some way, they were tied to eachother in such a strange way. I may have to read this again and try to have a different perspective on it.

Has anyone else read this book? I really want to see a different side of this book!

Thanks for reading,

Charlon ♦︎

March| Celebratory TBR: World Book Day, International Women’s Day, World Poetry Day…

My first ever TBR!

I wanted to create a short TBR for the next month to celebrate events in March. I’m so excited for these reads and to jump into reading some poetry.

World Book Day

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This event brings back memories for me as a child. I always remember hiding books at the book fair to come back for. I would ask my mum for pocket money to buy them, I recall doing a lot of vacuuming and washing up for them! I loved reading so much when I was young, I remember my grandma said I was a book worm and I loved that phrase. I recall reading so many Jacqueline Wilson books with my friends, I loved her so much!

As I grew up, I loved to read about Greek Mythology, I was enthralled by it. So in honour of that, I think Gods of Jade and Shadow would be a perfect way to remember how I love the mythical, ethereal side of reading so much for World Book Day.

International Women’s Day

Dominicana by Angie Cruz

Following the realities of the female immigrant experience in America, Ana has to face the choice between her family duty and her personal freedom. This book is long listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020.

I want to read this for International Women’s Day because I want to read from a different female perspective and I believe women are always torn between living for other people and living for themselves. I think this will be a very eye-opening read that I want to push to the top of my TBR.

Mother’s Day

Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi

I was scrolling through Waterstones (I can’t get enough of their site layout recently) and saw this. It looks a bit of a rare premise to a book and it piqued my interest. A toxic mother-daughter relationship is presented in this book. I haven’t read any stories focused on a mother and daughter relationship and thought this would be a very interesting read.

World Poetry Day

Selected Poems of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes

I read The Bell Jar in college and I remember it being astounding. I want to read this through a more experienced lense now, maybe I will repurchase it for next months book binge (god help my credit card because I can’t stop).

For World Poetry Day, I want to read some of Plath’s poems. Quite frankly, I’m scared of poetry. I find it very inaccessible and intimidating to read. I have flashbacks to first year of uni and feeling so out of my depth not understanding John Donne and just feeling stupid, really.

However… I want to give it a go and what would be a better time than on World Poetry Day. In knowing a bit about Sylvia Plath and enjoying The Bell Jar so much, I believe her poems would be a perfect introduction.

Thanks for reading,

Charlon ♦︎