Hi!! My name is Éimhear (she/her) and I would like to welcome you to my cosy little corner of the internet!
- #Spoonie (chronically ill)
- Dog Lover
- Reading Enthusiast
- Book Blogger
About My Blog
Here at A Little Haze Book Blog I chat about all the different types of books I read.
I read books from all sorts of genres; adult fiction, YA fiction, literary fiction, contemporary, classics, fantasy, science fiction, memoirs, science non-fiction, award winners… It’s probably easier to list the genres I do not read! Those would be horror, erotica, and crime thrillers.
Books have been my constant companion since the earliest days of my childhood. I simply can’t remember a time when I wasn’t passionate about reading. As a little girl I would read a book before I went to sleep almost every night; I was very guilty of reading past my bedtime!
Since 2015 I have written a review for almost every single book I’ve read; my reading average typically lies in the region of 100 books a year so that’s a whole lotta book reviews! I find it incredibly enjoyable to put all my thoughts about a book into a review as I believe it’s made me a more critical reader; I endeavour to fully engage with the material I’m reading rather than reading it in a passive manner. Although when I’m excessively fatigued, or having an intense flare of my chronic illness, then I tend to choose a light read that doesn’t require any effort from my poor ol’ brain cells!
The act of writing reviews and thinking a lot more critically about what I’m reading has also meant that my favourite genre has become quite the fluid concept!
- When I was a teenager I exclusively read the classics. Or if a book featured on one of those 100-books-to-read-before-you-die lists then I tried to get my hands on it in my local library.
- For a number of years after that I thought I was purely a romantic drama type of girl.
- Then I got really interested in literary fiction and novels that were shortlisted for the most prestigious (and snooty!) awards.
- I jumped from there to books laden with magical realism or a paranormal element.
- Romantic comedies then became my reading drug of choice.
- Quickly succeeded by science themed books, both fiction and non fiction.
- I followed that up by reading many books that focused on contemporary life and the impacts of our highly pressurised modern society on the psyche of whatever character I was reading about.
- And these days I’m in an early 20th century female writers kind of vibe.
However, I’m a mood reader, meaning that I don’t have a list of books that I want to read in a given time period. Instead I choose a book to read according to how I’m feeling at any given time. Plus I find that mixing up genres rather than reading books from the same category is the best way to keep a dreaded book slump away!
Reading is typically quite the insular hobby but since I started discussing books online with other readers it’s been joyous. This is because I’ve made some wonderful friends with whom I can discuss all of the books I’ve read, be they five star favourites or one star nightmares.
To me, my blog is a happy extension of my favourite hobby, and I’m so glad that you stopped by to spend a little time with me as we share our love of all things bookish. Basically I am here to talk about all things book related with absolutely everyone!
My Bookish Preferences
I love open endings, antiheroes & books that rip my heart to shreds! Can’t beat a good book cry right???
I abhor spoilers; I like to know very little about a book before I read it!!
If I have to choose between character or plot I choose character driven novels every time.
Greek mythology is my jam! Some of the first books I borrowed from my library as a little kid were based on Greek myths & the passion hasn’t left me all these years later.
Books about dogs are my absolute weakness; never met a dog I didn’t like!
My favourite books to read tend to be the English classics; Jane Austen, the Brontës, Dickens are all my favourites. I also love reading modern classics because I’m forever fascinated by the fuss these books make. Same goes for award winners. Seeing if I agree with the critics is always a fun time because more often than not I end up disagreeing. Case in point I will never understand how Margaret Atwood (jointly) won the Booker Prize for The Testaments. It’s just not very good in comparison to The Handmaid’s Tale!
I also love reading forgotten female writers particularly those from the 19th and 20th centuries. Authors like Dorothy Whipple and Elizabeth Taylor (not the actor) should be as widely familiar to readers as Salinger and Kerouac in my opinion.
Nancy Drew was my childhood hero… and TBH she still kinda is!! I inhaled those books as a child along with Judith Kerr, Louisa May Alcott, LM Montgomery …. And Sweet Valley High! I have been a voracious reader all my life.
In addition I believe wholeheartedly that no one is ever too old to read YA! Contemporary YA books in particular are some of the most thought provoking reads with how they shine a light on minorities and how they challenge society to be more inclusive.
Some of My Favourite Authors
Douglas Adams, Jane Austen, Sara Baume
Charlotte Brontë, Candice Carty-Williams, Becky Chambers
Silvia Moreno-Garcia, John Green, Kazuo Ishiguro
Lindsey Kelk, Nina LaCour, Madeline Miller
Okechukwu Nzelu, Max Porter, J.D. Salinger
Colm Tóibín, Dorothy Whipple, Carlos Ruiz Zafón
My Top Thirty Favourite Books
- The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
- Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë)
- Emma (Jane Austen)
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
- Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
- The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)
- The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafón)
- A Notable Woman (Jean Lucey Pratt)
- When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (Judith Kerr)
- Someone at a Distance (Dorothy Whipple)
- A Line Made by Walking (Sara Baume)
- The Little Mermaid (Hans Christian Andersen)
- A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Becky Chambers)
- Here Again Now (Okechukwu Nzelu)
- A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
- Grief is the Thing with Feathers (Max Porter)
- The Thirteenth Tale (Diane Setterfield)
- Mexican Gothic (Silvia Moreno-Garcia)
- The Odyssey (Homer)
- Circe (Madeline Miller)
- Chemistry (Weike Wang)
- Half of a Yellow Sun (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
- Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
- Beautiful Ruins (Jess Walter)
- A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (Anthony Marra)
- Say Her Name (Francisco Goldman)
- Metamorphoses (Ovid)
- Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë)
- Mansfield Park (Jane Austen)
- In the Night Wood (Dale Bailey)
Note: This list is subject to change according to my mood!