10 things that make me happy!

I’ve had a bit of a down few weeks, so I thought I would share with you a list of ten things that make me happy, or help to improve my mood. Maybe these will also help you too! If you have other things that make you happy, please comment them below! 1. Spending time […]

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What I read in July ~ 2020

This is what I read in July! A real mix that features: If I Could Say Goodbye, A Tale of Two Cities, Broadwater and An American Marriage.

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An update & thoughts on the booker prize

Long time no see! It’s been over a week since I published my last blog post and it’s because I’ve been in a bit of a slump. Recently there have been days I can barely pick up a book – so apologies for the lack of posts and reviews. I intentionally decided to take a […]

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Currently reading ~ 21st July

Just a quick mid-week catch up from me. There won’t be any reviews this week as I don’t think I am near finishing a book. Last week I whizzed through An American Marriage, and finished A Tale of Two Cities, however, this week I have started two new books that have been on my TBR […]

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Book Review: An American Marriage

Why was I so late to the party in reading this? An excellent story that displays the racial injustices that still dominate within American society.

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Book Review: A Tale of Two Cities

Dickens may be writing about the past, but his message is certainly one for the present, “I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss”. Pure brilliance.

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Book review: Broadwater

“Look, however you dress it up Ricky, so-called regeneration is just a pretty word for social cleansing.” A powerful short story collection set in Broadwater Farm, one of the most deprived and diverse areas of London.

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How Lockdown changed my reading habits

Are you leaving lockdown wishing you had read more? The experience of lockdown across the world lead to a kind of ‘reading revolution’ as we all had more time on our hands, but will this continue? Our reading habits may have changed for better or for worse during this period, but in this post I […]

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What I read in June (2020)

What I read in June. Featuring: The Truants, My Sister, The Serial Killer, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, All Men Want to Know, The Shelf, and Half a World Away.

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Book review: The Sacrifice

The Sacrifice is a collection of three short stories, each exploring the extent of human perseverance and the struggle to stay afloat.

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Book Review: The Truants

Something rather dark lurks beneath this seemingly picturesque portrayal of student life, which is discovered as the book progresses. Eerie and full of suspense. (4/5)

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Notes from an insomniac

I’m writing this in the hope that it may enlighten some people and shed light on the struggle. But also, because I need to do something to fill the spare hours! I hope that it may be insightful or comforting to people in some way.

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Currently reading ~ June 18, 2020

Just a mid month update from me (well actually more than midway through…) thought I would do a quick post detailing my current reads. I’m actually pretty surprised at myself, usually I’d be reading 3-5 books at once but I have been very self controlled lately. I set myself the goal of reading 50 books […]

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The “classic” debate: to read or not to read?

Classic literature has been the talk of the town since lockdown began, as people turn to those dense, un-read books cluttering up their bookshelves. I have seen arguments floating around that claim classics are not relevant in today’s world – which is a premise I find interesting. I agree that no one should read classics […]

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Book Review: My Sister, the Serial Killer

Being dark and comical, this novel is never shy of originality. However, I left feeling disappointed by the lack of depth across all aspects. It may be weird and wonderful in many ways – but lacked in execution.

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Book Review: The Shelf (ARC)

Many thanks to Bonnier Books for supplying me with an ARC of The Shelf – you can pre order your own copy via Amazon and Waterstones for 9th July 2020.

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Book Review: Half a World Away

I have been a bit absent with book reviews – they seem a bit trivial at the moment with everything going on. But I guess people still want to read! But I’m back with another good one! I had high expectations for this and wasn’t disappointed. Synopsis from Goodreads “Strangers living worlds apart.Strangers with nothing […]

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Black Lives Matter

I am writing this from the perspective of a white woman, who in recent days has become even more aware of this privilege, due to the horrific death of George Floyd – a black man who was murdered by a white police officer. Although this incident is far from an isolated one, but part of […]

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What I read in May (2020)

My monthly wrap up for May, including books by: Deborah Levy, Sally Rooney, Emily Maitlis, Frank Watson, Indrajit Garai, Ryder Carroll, Simona Grossi and Phaedra Patrick. As usual, here I summarise my reads in a few lines and reflect on the reading month.

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Poetry Review: In the Dark, Soft Earth

Firstly, I am very grateful to Plum White Press for sending me an advanced copy of this collection, however, this does not influence my review in any way.  Frank Watson is an American poet who has written collections including; The Dollhouse Mirror, Seas to Mulberries and One Hundred Leaves. In the Dark, Soft Earth, is […]

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Book Review: Hot Milk

A story set in scorching hot Spain, told through the eyes of a lost 25 year old anthropology graduate. Beautiful, alluring and captivating. (5/5)

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Book Review: The Bridge of Little Jeremy

A beautiful tale about the love of art and bringing it back to life. Laced with musings on every day life in Paris, told through the perspective of a 12 year old, this book will steal your heart and captivate your senses. Loved it.

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Productivity pressures during COVID-19

Quarantine isn’t just weeks of “free time” it’s a hard time. And one where we shouldn’t feel guilty for not being our most productive selves. It’s not about being able to write the next masterpiece, but giving yourself time to process reality.

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Book Review: The Bullet Journal Method

Reviewing The Bullet Journal guide and the method in practice. This is perfect if you’re like me and tend to get overwhelmed at pretty much anything…! (4/5)

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My top reads for the year so far

As we’re nearly half way through the year, I thought I’d do a post featuring my favourite reads of the year so far! What has been your favourite book you’ve read in the past few months?

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Normal People: Book Vs TV Series

Unlike for many others, this yo-yo of a relationship between Marianne and Connell just didn’t do it for me. A, “future classic?” I think not. (3/5)

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April Wrap Up

Mini reviews featuring what I read in April, what I want to read in May and some thoughts on the month. Hope you all had a good month and are keeping well!

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Book Review: Lonesome Traveler

Title: Lonesome Traveler Author: Jack Kerouac Genre: Short story, travelouge, fiction Published: 1960/1990 Rating: ★★★★☆ Long time no see! If I’m honest I’ve been experiencing a bit of a reading slump, maybe I’ve been going too heavy during isolation… I also haven’t felt like writing much, so apologies for the lack of posts. Jack Kerouac […]

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Currently reading: a tag

What I’m currently reading and a tag about how I read… Feel free to copy and fill in your own answers 🙂

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Book Review: Why I Write

Title: Why I Write Author: George Orwell Published: 1946/2004 Rating: ★★★★★ Overview Why I Write is an extended essay by George Orwell, that discusses a range of topics. Orwell begins the essay with outlining his motivations for writing. Famously, Orwell wanted “to make political writing into an art”. (Hence Animal Farm and 1984…) Orwell gives […]

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