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

Books Within Books, Reviews Within Reviews: ‘If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller’ by Italo Calvino

I received this book as part of a boxset of Christmas/winter themed books as a Christmas present. From the title and the fact that it had been bunched in with 'A Christmas Carol' I expected a fun, possibly slighty spooky, Christmassy read. This was not what I got. Not even close. And I'm okay with … Continue reading Books Within Books, Reviews Within Reviews: ‘If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller’ by Italo Calvino

Harry Potter Hiatus (Why I Haven’t Posted in 2 Months)

It may seem that the fact i haven't posted in two months is an indicator that I've given up on reading and blogging but the opposite is the case. I've spent the last two months entrenched in my post exam tradition of reading the seven Harry Potter books back to back. I started this tradition … Continue reading Harry Potter Hiatus (Why I Haven’t Posted in 2 Months)

Feminist Fairytales – ‘The Bloody Chamber’ by Angela Carter

I studied this collection in depth at ALevel and I grew to hate it as it became tangled up with the stress of practice essays, revision and 'getting the right answer'. When I actually sat down in the exam I ended up not even writing about it and still getting an A when it came … Continue reading Feminist Fairytales – ‘The Bloody Chamber’ by Angela Carter