Hi!! I’m Emer and welcome to A Little Haze Book Blog, my cosy little corner of the internet.
Ever since I can remember I have been obsessed by books. I just love everything about them… from the stories within them to the way they smell. I love brand new shiny books and I love old tattered ones too.
My favourite thing to do (apart from reading obvs) is to spend hours trawling through second hand book stores and stalls. Isn’t there something magical about reading a copy of a book that someone else has? I like to think that books have memory and that each time we read a book not only do we take in the story contained within that book’s pages but we also impart a little bit of ourselves… I know it’s a silly, almost childish notion… But sometimes being silly and remembering the innocence of childhood is the best part of living in our modern world.
I also love how books can totally transport us out of our everyday lives and take us to far off and imagined places all without having to leave the comfort of our favourite squishy chair. I live with a chronic illness; it inspired my blog name because it can leave me feeling like I live in a little haze due to pain and fatigue… but my books… My books are my salvation and I get to visit places that would not be possible due to my illness because of reading. What is that quote? A reader lives a thousand lives???? I can’t remember it exactly off hand but that is a sentiment I very much agree with.
I read all sorts of genres, anything from Young Adult to award winning literary fiction. I am very much a mood reader and never make plans as to what book I intend to read next! I just go wherever my heart directs me so some weeks it will be romantic comedies, the next magical realism and after that it could be science fiction or fantasy closely followed by a serious drama! And then I like to mix things up with science non-fiction and memoirs. I just don’t really read horrors or crime thrillers… I tend to lose myself to the stories I am reading and books that scare me have a nasty habit of haunting my dreams so I’ve learned that it is best for me to steer clear!
I love open endings, antiheroes & books that rip my heart to shreds! Can’t beat a good book cry right??? If I have to choose between character and plot I choose character driven novels every time. A book with multi-layered characters always captivates my heart so much more than anything that relies on a punchy, quick pace… but I still enjoy those quick and punchy reads from time to time too. But if I can empathise with the characters, and truly feel what it is they are feeling then that is definitely my kind of book.
I abhor spoilers; I like to know very little about a book before I read it!! So I try my very best when writing a book review to keep it spoiler free and if it’s one of the few times when I am so strongly moved to discuss a book spoiler then I will always clearly mark it so no one will hopefully never get unintentionally spoiled from reading any of my reviews.
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. Nancy Drew was my childhood hero…she still kinda is!! And I believe wholeheartedly that no one is ever too old to read YA! I think I enjoy YA books even more now than when I was a teenager oops!! I’m very precious about my favourite books and do not tend to enjoy it when they are adapted for the screen because invariably, the book is better!!
Some of my all-time fav authors include:
- Jane Austen (never read a Jane Austen book I didn’t adore!)
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (my favourite contemporary literary author)
- Lindsey Kelk (my go-to author for when I want some lols)
- Dorothy Whipple (a discovery due to the wonderful Persephone published forgotten classics)
- Colm Tóibín (the consummate storyteller)
- Max Porter (a literary genius)
- Madeline Miller (a master of revitalising Greek mythology)
And some of my favourite books are…
- Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
- Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
- Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- The Odyssey – Homer (Emily Wilson translation)
- The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
- Circe – Madeline Miller
- Lanny – Max Porter
- The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
- Metamorphoses – Ovid
- Chemistry – Weike Wang
- A Line Made by Walking – Sara Baume
- Grief is the Thing with Feathers – Max Porter
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
- The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
- The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – Leslye Walton
- The Binding – Bridget Collins
- Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
- In the Night Wood – Dale Bailey
I could go on…
5: fantastic book. Absolutely adored it. Probably can’t coherently explain why
4: really, really good book! Loved it
3: a good solid book. I liked it a lot
2: an okay book. Typically a predictable plot laden with clichés
1: just no…
I frequently read eARCs from NetGalley but I mostly read books I’ve borrowed from my local library or from my own personal collection. For review requests please use the Contact Me form.