Catalogue of Catastrophe (St. Mary’s #13)

Brontë Babe Books

Catalogue of Catastrophe is the latest offering from the wonderful Jodi Taylor. The 13th novel in the St. Mary’s series has finally arrived and once again features the Disaster Magnets and the irrepressible Dr “Max” Maxwell. Catalogue of Catastrophe sees Max and the equally irrepressible Markham in their new roles away from St. Mary’s. Despite facing the unfamiliar and new challenges,  as usual whenever the Pros and Cons are around, there is trouble, tomfoolery, tea, and time travel. I adore Jodi’s novels so I couldn’t wait to get stuck into this one. Below is my spoiler free review of CoC. 


Finally – finally! – Max has that nice office job she’s always wanted. The one with no heavy lifting and no one tries to kill her. Well, one out of two’s not bad…


Away from St. Mary’s and their nearest and dearest, Max and Markham have regrouped and found…

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Brontë, Literature, Reviews

The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente

It's time for a spring clean at Brontë Babe Blog, so let's start with a refined version of my review of Catherynne M. Valente's 2017 children's novel, The Glass Town Game.  Plot Siblings Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Brontë invent a fantasy world named Glass Town, acting out battles between their twelve toy soldiers and Napoleon.… Continue reading The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente

Brontë, Literature, photography, Poetry

A Walk Around Haworth in Bloom

A walk around Haworth in bloom Will help to lift a sense of gloom.A Sunday stroll along Main Street Where my heroes placed their own feet Can calm the mind and soothe the soul Of those grieving or not quite whole. This is home to more than just threeSisters who dared to dream and beSo… Continue reading A Walk Around Haworth in Bloom

Brontë, Literature, Reviews

The Curious Case of the Button and the Brontës: Spirits, Symbols, and Sleuths

My most recent Brontë-inspired read is one that has been in my TBR read ever since it came out back in 2019. I even started it once and then became distracted by something else, always meaning to return to it. When putting together my book club a few weeks back, I was collating lists of… Continue reading The Curious Case of the Button and the Brontës: Spirits, Symbols, and Sleuths

Brontë, Literature, Reviews

Wildfell Summer by Tracy Neis (Rock and Roll Brontës Book 3)

Over the past few years I've read and enjoyed the first two novels in Tracy Neis's Rock and Roll Brontë series, and I was eagerly anticipating the third book, Wildfell Summer. The first book in the series, Mr R., is based on Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 novel Jane Eyre. Neis’s novel reinvents Mr. Rochester as an ageing rock star… Continue reading Wildfell Summer by Tracy Neis (Rock and Roll Brontës Book 3)

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literary Archives, Literature

There Was Once a Little Girl and Her Name Was Anne Brontë

Reader, please join me in wishing Anne Brontë, the youngest member of our beloved Brontë family, a very happy birthday. Anne was born in Thornton, Yorkshire to Patrick and Maria Brontë on the 17th January 1820. Anne is best known for her two novels, Agnes Grey, which documents the trials of the eponymous governess, and The… Continue reading There Was Once a Little Girl and Her Name Was Anne Brontë

Brontë, Literature

Reading Challenge 2022

As we prepare to bid farewell to the year, as well as wrapping up our 2021 reading challenges, we bookworms are also busy planning our 2022 reading challenges. I'm setting myself a target of 20 new books to read on Goodreads in addition to the 15 individual challenges below. Reader, enjoy. A Piece of Brontë-Inspired… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2022

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature

Tales from the Genii

Reader, I'm delighted to share with you the news that Tales of the Genii is now available to purchase. The beautiful little red book pays homage to the Brontë siblings' famous tiny books featuring stories set in their fantasy worlds of Glass Town, Angria, and Gondal. Best described as a companion piece to the stories and poems… Continue reading Tales from the Genii

Brontë, Literature, Reviews

Favourite Reads of 2021

It's that time of year again when bookworms begin their reading challenge reviews. It's been a funny old year, and once again, I'm glad we have books during this strange time. Normally I just compile a list of my top five reads of the year, but with 63 books read in 2021 and a new… Continue reading Favourite Reads of 2021

Brontë, Literature, Reviews, Uncategorized

Reading Challenge 2021: The Breakdown

Like everyone else on the planet, my 2021 didn't exactly go as planned, nor did my reading challenge. Let's have a look at what I set out to read, and what I actually managed to complete. It was a year in which I discovered my new favourite living author, more Brontë-inspired fiction, and re-discovered my… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2021: The Breakdown