This phrase is something I've said over and over again in various tones, denoting different levels of dubiousness, for the past two years and now it's time to bring out the old mantra again as the start of 3rd year is coming up. Doing a degree in English Literature has tested my love of books … Continue reading I Love Books! I Love Books. I Love Books?
This summer I moved into my house for my final year of University in Lancaster and it's the first time I feel like I've had a truly beautiful bookshelf in University accommodation. In first year dorms my bookshelf was sterile MDF, lacking personality and stacked with coursebooks. In second year my bedroom was so small … Continue reading Big Books, Small Books and a Fluffy Bun: A Bookshelf Tour
I'm on a bit of a psychology-lit kick recently, after reading The Alienist last week and being reminded on my days studying A-Level psychology I remembered this curiously named book that my equally curiously named psychology teacher (Mr. Badger) recommended to the class. So about 2 years since I got my A-Level results I've finally taken the … Continue reading A Fascinating Journey Through the Brain – The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Dr. Oliver Sacks
In 1896 in New York it appears a killer is exclusively going after underage male prostitute who dress as girls, a rather niche demographic, one that the police department and the newspapers don't really care about. Future President Theodore Roosevelt is the New York police commissioner who is hoping to get corruption out of the … Continue reading Detective Fiction Based in Facts – A Review of The Alienist by Caleb Carr
“Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators” – Stephen Fry I’ve been reading predominately on a Kindle now for about a month, although it has rather messed up my Instagram aesthetic it did mean the car wasn’t quite so full of books when I moved in to my new house for … Continue reading Pageless Page-turners – My Experience So Far Reading on a Kindle
'The meaning of life is that it stops' - Franz Kafka A few months ago now by the magic of the YouTube algorithm a video called 'Ask a Mortician - Worst Way to Die?' popped up in my recommended viewing list, I was intrigued by the title and clicked. A few hours later I was … Continue reading Death Discussion : A Review of Caitlin Doughty’s ‘Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematorium’
I was intending to do a review of 'London Triptych' a couple of months ago now, when I actually read it, but that intention sort of got lost in exams, the end of term, rereading Harry Potter, and going on holiday. But this week I read a book that's been on my shelf for a … Continue reading Two Novels, Eight Lives – A Review of ‘The Hours’ by Michael Cunnigham, and ‘London Triptych’ by Johnathan Kemp