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

Where have I been?

It happened again. I stopped blogging for months. I'd been doing so well, posting weekly blogs, poems, reviews, essays, varied formats, the whole works. I'd just celebrated 50 followers and 200 likes a couple of weeks before complete silence. I was enjoying running this blog as well, which is the only important thing really, so … Continue reading Where have I been?

“Sometimes, the questions are complicated – and the answers are simple”: A Review of ‘Death Note’

'Death Note' is a Japanese Manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. It was originally published in 12 volumes and has been reprinted into 6 books, which include two volumes each, called the 'Black Edition' which is what I've been reading.  It was adapted for television into a 37 episode anime series in 2006-7 of … Continue reading “Sometimes, the questions are complicated – and the answers are simple”: A Review of ‘Death Note’

The Cost of My Degree – A Reflection

A few weeks on from posting 'Three Years of Books - A Reflection' it has become my most liked, most viewed, and responded to post of all time on my blog. I'm really happy about that, I put a lot of work and thought into it and was actually pretty proud of what I've produced. The … Continue reading The Cost of My Degree – A Reflection

Three Years of Books – A Reflection

3 years of university. 2 years of assessed work which will determine my overall grade: 2 presentations, 33,000 words worth of essay, 1 creative project, 4 exams. 2 in class tests, and a 10,000 word dissertation. (It's sounds like a lot when I count it up like that). Now its over. That means I've officially … Continue reading Three Years of Books – A Reflection