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The Well of Loneliness
I read this the first time around in 1988, during my first term at university, hiding it from my room mate, under the covers. I enjoyed it then as the...more
Apr 10, 2014
Apr 24, 2012
Man Made Language
I have long been fascinated by the topic of this book: how sexist language shapes our consciousness, our reality.

Published in 1980, this is not a lig...more
Aug 31, 2013
Feb 24, 2013
The Artist's Way Workbook
Got this for my birthday from a friend. Took it on holiday to read. Discovered it was a book of exercises to be completed over months. So, I'd backed...more
not set
Apr 27, 2012
Losing the Moon: Byron Katie Dialogues on Non-Duality, Truth and Other Illusions
I got so into Byron Katie that I scoured the web looking for info. I got 54 pages deep into Google and came across some interesting stuff (and still l...more
not set
Apr 24, 2012
Pages for You
3.5 stars. Beautifully written, haunting love story. A little drawn out. Found the name 'Flannery' endlessly irritating, but it encompasses the name '...more
Feb 13, 2014
Feb 05, 2014
Double Six
This is a piece of YA Science Fiction written for (National Novel Writing Month. Participants write 50,000 words during November. Quite...more
Feb 23, 2014
Feb 14, 2014
1979: A Big Year in a Small Town
LOVE it. 1979 knocked me sideways. How did I not hear about this book before? HOW? This is a staggeringly close account to my own teenage lesbian scho...more
Sep 25, 2013
May 16, 2012
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
I love Jeanette Winterson's writing. I found much of this book wonderfully expressed and very cleverly amusing. But I didn't so much enjoy the snippet...more
Mar 28, 2014
Mar 23, 2014
My Madder Fatter Diary (Rae Earl, #2)
I love Rae Earl. Well, she's shared three years of her intimate thoughts, passions, and fears with us. I have so enjoyed learning them, rooting for he...more
Mar 05, 2014
Feb 26, 2014
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
This has instantly become one of my favourite books of all time (up there with Catch-22, The Catcher in the Rye, and The Casual Vacancy), as breath-ta...more
Aug 27, 2013
Jul 11, 2013
Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
I found the first half of this book to be pretty basic, mainly common sense. The second half more useful. The writing is accessible, but the visuals a...more
Jan 31, 2014
Jan 30, 2014
Sacred Sex: Discover the Secrets of Sexual Ecstasy
I met the author at a festival in 2005 (and bought her book). She had a sex goddess aura about her and pulled quite an audience ... including women wh...more
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Apr 29, 2012
Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless
I only learnt a year or so ago (I'm forty-four) that Americans actually believe in God. I find this fascinating and perplexing and scary. Christianity...more
Jan 26, 2014
Jan 20, 2014
The Doors of Perception
Since I first read The Teachings of Don Juan by Carlos Castaneda in 1998, I've wanted to experience peyote. The Doors of Perception is Aldous Huxley's...more
Sep 03, 2013
Aug 24, 2013
The Postman Always Rings Twice
The title didn't even make sense.
Sep 13, 2014
Aug 30, 2014
Truth Be Told: Adam Becomes Audrey
I was intrigued by the subject matter of this book because of my own personal experiences. Sixteen years ago I initiated a few months' relationship wi...more
Jul 16, 2013
Jul 04, 2013
Arabelle's Shadows
I love the intimacy of diaries. Arabelle's Shadows combines diary entries with fleshed out episodes of story-telling. We're in 2004/2005 when Arabelle...more
Mar 31, 2013
Mar 18, 2013
Gone Girl
... Wow. ... As an obsessed diarist, I loved this aspect of the book. Thrilling.

I found much of the story gripping. People seem divided on which part...more
Jun 14, 2014
Apr 17, 2014
Daisy Miller
Published in 1878, this delightful tale is superbly written. I found myself re-reading sentences for the beauty of the language. I loved the feminist...more
Sep 15, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
My Fat, Mad Teenage Diary (Rae Earl, #1)
I was excited about reading this 1989 diary by a teenager experiencing an eating disorder (compulsive eating) as it is so close to my own book (1989 d...more
May 07, 2013
Apr 28, 2013
The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For
I'd been recommended this series a few times. Not being into graphic novels, I'd never bothered. Then I was bought this whole tome for my birthday. On...more
not set
Apr 17, 2012
The Secret Diaries
Anne Lister was a pretty much 'out' lesbian who lived two hundred years ago and who recorded her love affairs in numerous encoded diaries. Wow.

These d...more
Sep 25, 2011
Apr 17, 2012
The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge
This is Carlos Castaneda's experience of using plants as drugs to achieve states of "non-ordinary reality," e.g. hallucinations, flying, seeing the wo...more
Sep 25, 2013
Sep 03, 2013
The Mother Tongue   English And How It Got That Way
Entertaining pile of trivia about the English language (as well as many other languages). For example, "the military vehicle the tank got its name bec...more
Oct 29, 2013
Oct 20, 2013
Two Boys Kissing
Warm, delightful. So enjoyed this book. A beautiful message to homophobes to back off. I was positively struck by the balanced gender representation t...more
Dec 19, 2013
Oct 23, 2013
Curious Wine
A sweet and unusual lesbian romance. Set in 1978 it is definitely dated, quite amusingly so. Gentle all the way, and subtly gripping, it left me keen...more
Jan 19, 2014
Oct 29, 2013
God Hates You, Hate Him Back: Making Sense of the Bible (Revised International Edition)
This might be the best ever title for a book. I took 17,814 words of notes (copying and pasting from Kindle). It is packed with hilariously presented,...more
Jan 16, 2014
Dec 16, 2013
Practicing the Power of Now: Essential Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises from the Power of Now
I'm a sucker for a self-development book. This is the follow-on from The Power of Now (one of the few books I've read twice). As with the first book,...more
Apr 30, 2013
Apr 16, 2013
The Selfish Gene
What a relief that's over. I managed to read the whole book. I was enticed into reading this by Richard Dawkins's excitement in declaring biology to b...more
Jul 2013
Jun 21, 2013
Notes from a Small Island
Bill Bryson visited the UK in 1973 and loved it so much that he stayed for twenty years. I have lived in the UK all my life, and I love it too, so thi...more
Jan 04, 2014
Dec 20, 2013
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