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 Five Favourite Anime Films

I first came to anime through films, I've grown up watching animated films from Pixar, Disney, and Dreamworks so that means that watching anime films is an easy way to get into anime. These are my five favourite anime films, they are all directed by two different people Makoto Shinkai and Hayao Miyazaki (of Studio … Continue reading My Five Favourite Anime Films

“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’

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

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!!!