Review: Blood, Ink & Fire by Ashley Mansour

SYNOPSIS: Imagine a world without books… In the future, books are a distant memory. The written word has been replaced by an ever-present stream of images known as Verity. In the controlling dominion of the United Vales of Fell, reading is obsolete and forbidden, and readers themselves do not—cannot—exist. But where others see images in […]

Review: The Butterfly Crest by Eva Vanrell

9/10 I absolutely adored this book from start to finish. I’ve read a lot of different writing styles lately and this has to be one of my favourites. The tone is very reserved but includes rich detail and a wonderfully unhurried pace so that you feel you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the […]

Review: The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

9/10 I have never read The Handmaid’s Tale. With hindsight now that I’ve read this book, I totally should have done. In my sixth form years in highschool, the A-level English class were reading it while I was off doing my science thing. They were reading it alongside the work of Chaucer, so I’d assumed […]

Review: The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

One day I will give a book a bad review but today is not that day. I was already biased in favour of this book for a couple of reasons; I remember my mum telling me she had to read this book in highschool and that she was terrified that the triffids would come to […]

Teenage Me Really Did Know Best

I look back on my teenage years with the same mixed feelings as everyone else does – some wonderful, toe curling embarrassment (largely hair related), some minor shame (social faux pas and spats with my fellow teenaged friends) and mostly just relief that I got through my teen years relatively unscathed (and with better hair). […]

War Stories

This week, I read ‘The Things They Carried’ by Tim O’Brien. This was an autobiographical book about a drafted US soldier’s time in Vietnam. Generally speaking, I refuse to watch war films, especially those recommended to me as ‘good’ and ‘realistic’ because I can’t bear seeing so much death. Industrially manufactured deaths now, the […]

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Review

The Goodreads Review Lisa See is another author who actually tweeted me directly when I mentioned her work, which I feel was pretty special. Just by taking the time to acknowledge my interest in her work, I feel more inclined to pursue her writing and also continue researching the bizarre and fascinating tradition of foot […]

Overrate əʊvəˈreɪt/ verb: have a higher opinion of (someone or something) than is deserved.

Just this minute (ok, just this hour and since had a tea refill and a couple of oreo cookies) finished reading A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. Firstly, in the Kindle format it’s impossible to read the glossary alongside the ridiculous vocab, though it’s simple enough to pick up on after a little while. This […]

“You Haven’t Got Very Far, Have You?”

Shut the hell up. “You haven’t got very far, have you?” was a remark I had last week regarding the book I was reading for my summer reading challenge.  I know that it’s meant to be a conversation starter but there are many things wrong with that simple question: I’m reading. Fuck off. (Rude, but […]

*Whoosh* The Sound of Subtext

I read The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka as the first title for my Summer Reading Challenge, this is a book that’s been studied my literature students for decades but somehow escaped me until last week. I thought I might include my views of this story before my ideas are influenced by the in-depth reviews already […]