The Dystopian Death of Mindfulness

This blog will include some spoilers for the books Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World. Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World are iconic works of dystopian fiction - I would actually go as far to say that they are iconic works of 20th Century literature full stop, regardless of genre. I recently read them back to back. I saw a great number of similarities … Continue reading The Dystopian Death of Mindfulness

Travelling the Long Read

I recently finished reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and I thought instead of writing a straight forward review (as there are far too many of The Goldfinch already with it being a stellar read and an international best-seller), I'd reflect on the book's identity as a long read, what I found rewarding in tackling … Continue reading Travelling the Long Read

Old Favourites That I Will (Probably) Never Revisit

Yet again I find myself reading Maurice by E.M. Forster, an old favourite which I seem never to grow tired of. I've lost count of the amount of times I've read it now, and yet the emotionally charged plot still never fails to resonate with me. Reading this old favourite once more got me thinking about other … Continue reading Old Favourites That I Will (Probably) Never Revisit

Sensitive Stories, Lyrical Imagery, and Curious Cats

A Review of The Travelling Cat Chronicles and The Guest Cat This post will contain very mild spoilers for The Travelling Cat Chronicles and The Guest Cat. The Travelling Cat Chronicles (which I will refer to hereby as Travelling) by Hiro Arikawa, and The Guest Cat (which I will call Guest) by Takashi Hirade, are novels … Continue reading Sensitive Stories, Lyrical Imagery, and Curious Cats

My Rocky Relationship With Poetry

I have a confession to make. I don't particularly like poetry. (Please don't unfollow, close the tab, and never speak to me again, hear me out!) The majority of it I don't understand. I don't even understand half the things I write myself, so stitched together they are with rehashed cliches and borrowed phrases. I … Continue reading My Rocky Relationship With Poetry

My 2018 in Books

This time last year I did a long retrospective post on what I read in 2017, I thought about doing the same format this year an '18 best reads of 2018' list but I realised that what I had to say about my reading this year was a lot more complex than a simple list … Continue reading My 2018 in Books