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

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

Thank You!

This is my 50th post on this blog so I thought it was a fitting time for a quick update and a big thank you! In the past week I past 50 followers and 200 likes, which I know doesn't sound like a lot in this world of multi-millionaire follower counts on instagram influencers, but … Continue reading Thank You!

My 17 Favourite Reads of 2017

I always keep a list at the back of my diary of every book I read. This year I read 54 books in total (and this doesn't include any academic textbooks I pondered over in the library, and any poetry books I picked at) which averages out at just over 1 book per week, which … Continue reading My 17 Favourite Reads of 2017

So Much Reading!!!

First of all: I'm sorry! I made promises on this blog to post more during term time this year, but unfortunately that hasn't happened. I've just been too damn busy! So now at the start of week 7 (we have 10 week terms) I thought I'd take a moment to sit down and reflect on … Continue reading So Much Reading!!!