“The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have… Continue reading Book Review: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
My Classics TBR
Over the years Classic literature has transformed from something that felt really rather daunting and out of reach to something that I actively enjoy engaging with, and this is largely down to mandatory explorations of such texts at school. In my love for deep analysis I found a real love for the types of literature… Continue reading My Classics TBR
Reading Every Book Mentioned in Roald Dahl’s Matilda
During a recent reread of Matilda, one of my all- time favorite books from my childhood, I came to realize that tiny little Matilda has read far more classics than I, a firm lover of classics, ever have! In childhood I never truly appreciated the variety of important and impactful literature she had read, and… Continue reading Reading Every Book Mentioned in Roald Dahl’s Matilda
Book Review: Now I Rise by Kiersten White
"He would die on the wall tonight, between his brothers and his enemies, because he could no longer distinguish between the two. They had finally come to an end. Whichever side won, neither would triumph." Now I Rise is the second installment in White's conquerors saga, and while I was extremely unsure of the first… Continue reading Book Review: Now I Rise by Kiersten White
Book Tropes I Do and Don’t Love!
Books are essentially made up of tropes, so it goes without saying that there are a whole multitude present in much of modern literature! While some tropes are far from enjoyable and serve to turn into overused cliches, there are also a fair share of tropes that work brilliantly and can truly make a novel… Continue reading Book Tropes I Do and Don’t Love!
Popular Books I DNF’ed
We all have books that were so tediously boring that we couldn't bear to finish them, and though some may stay strong and persevere, I can't say this is something I'm inclined to do often. If I'm not enjoying a book I'll simply put it down! This, as you can probably imagine, has led to… Continue reading Popular Books I DNF’ed
Beautiful Hardcover, Not So Beautiful Paperback
Try as we might to ignore it, we must admit to ourselves that the vast majority of us do in fact judge a book by its cover-- in the most literal sense! And so what is worse than loving the premise of a book but absolutely hating the cover? Or, in a similar vein to… Continue reading Beautiful Hardcover, Not So Beautiful Paperback
Bookish Landmarks I Most Want To Visit!
The world is full of absolutely beautiful bookish places which, unfortunately, I haven't yet had the privilege of visiting. From small bookstores in Paris to theatres- turned- libraries elsewhere in the world, there are a whole multitude of landmarks I am incredibly keen to visit! I have therefore decided to create a list of the… Continue reading Bookish Landmarks I Most Want To Visit!
Book Review: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
“I felt very still and empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo.” The Bell Jar is a poignant and thoroughly impactful story that proves to be a brutally honest means of exploring and depicting a darker side of the human psyche. Here… Continue reading Book Review: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath