I thought I’d have a quick chat about my 2021 reading plans before discussing some books that I’d quite like to read this month – although, I’m putting no pressure on myself to stick to or fully complete monthly TBRs. And there’s a segue into my first reading goal: to stop putting pressure on myself… Continue reading January TBR & 2021 Reading Plans
I feel like my reading this month has been quite eclectic in terms of genre and ways of consumption: there was a healthy mix of ebooks, paperbacks, hardcovers, and audiobooks. I also just managed to squeeze in some books in the last couple of days of 2020 which means I officially hit 100 books for… Continue reading December 2020 Wrap Up
Die With Zero by Bill Perkins I was kindly sent a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and objective review. My first initial thought upon reading this book was: I am so not this book’s demographic – and I really amen’t. Most of my friends and I are living pay check… Continue reading Book Review: Die With Zero
I always enjoy putting together a rough wee guide for myself of books that I’d like to get to in the new year. I’ve realised that by sharing it, it might keep me accountable as I only ever manage to tick off about half of the books that I planned to read. And why? Because… Continue reading 21 Books I Want to Read in 2021
I feel like I’ve been a little bit of a Debbie Downer on my blog recently. First it was my ‘Unpopular Opinions: Book Edition’ post and now it’s this. I promise the few remaining posts of the year won’t be so negative. I do think it’s important to reflect on the bad as well as… Continue reading My Most Disappointing Reads of 2020
The Ingenious and the Colour of Life is J. Y. Sam’s spectacular new debut novel. A YA/NA Sci-fi adventure that follows a unique group of teenagers as they discover the truth about their past. An Interview with Author J. Y. Sam First of all I want to start by saying how fantastic your book was… Continue reading Author Interview: J. Y. Sam
A review and a discussion. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 “For a movement that is meant to represent all women, it often centres on those who already have most of their needs met.” (p.xiii) This book was so incredibly thought provoking. Have you ever seen that meme and it’s like ‘only highlight the important bits’ and then the student… Continue reading Book Review: Hood Feminism
If you’re looking to gift a loved one a book for Christmas or their birthday – or perhaps you’re looking to treat yourself to a new book – then take a look at this little book gift guide that I devised just for you. *This layout is best viewed on a tablet or phone. I’ve… Continue reading Gift Guide: Book Edition
The Ingenious and the Colour of Life by J. Y. Sam Genre: YA/NA Sci-fi Synopsis: Seven children born with a genius gene.One professor that connects them all.Hundreds of forgotten graves.Zero explanation. A unique group of teenagers. They should have been celebrated worldwide as outstanding products of bio-technology, but instead, they are abandoned and anonymous. An… Continue reading Book Review: The Ingenious and the Colour of Life
Book recommendations for you to devour this holiday season! Winter is just around the corner. Despite the drastic drop in temperature here in Scotland (Thursday night we had some wild thundersnow in the Edinburgh area), it’s not technically winter until the 21st of December. However, the crisper mornings and darker evenings already have me craving… Continue reading Wintry Book Recommendations
MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS Am I scared for my life? Only slightly. I’ve had quite a few unpopular book opinions lately – and I’m classing ‘unpopular’ as opposing the predominantly positive consensus that I’ve seen in regards to these books on Instagram, YouTube, and Goodreads. Buckle up, and let me know if you agree or disagree… Continue reading Unpopular Opinions: Book Edition
*Just a little disclaimer: I’m not here to brag about the amount of books I read. Some months I read none, other months I read four and then I have the odd month or two where all I want to do is spend every spare minute reading. There is no ‘right’ amount of books to… Continue reading November Wrap Up
“My mama say education will give me a voice. I want more than just a voice, Ms Tia. I want a louding voice,” I say. Synopsis from Goodreads: A powerful, emotional debut novel told in the unforgettable voice of a young Nigerian woman who is trapped in a life of servitude but determined to fight… Continue reading Book Review: The Girl with the Louding Voice
I recently read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid for the Late Night Bookclub’s September pick – alas, it did not live up to the hype for me. I found it really difficult to even get past the first sixty-odd pages. The writing style was just very stoic. It felt as… Continue reading Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
A list is included at the bottom of this post, highlighting some ways in which white people can take action to help and support the Black community. On the 25th May 2020, George Floyd was murdered by Officer Derek Chauvin as Officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao further restrained, stood by, and… Continue reading Non-Fiction Books on Anti-Racism Written by Black Authors (That White People Need to Read)
I’ve been doing some research for a writing project recently and came across some figures and statistics which I found profoundly relevant in regard to the ongoing conversation and judgement surrounding immigrants – so I thought I’d share them. If you are Scottish and are opposed to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, then perhaps a… Continue reading Scotland’s History with Emigration
Amidst all the mayhem that is the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us have found ourselves with a lot more free time, mostly due to the inability to go out and socialise. And what better way to pass the time and curb the boredom than read! I decided to compile together a list of 10 short… Continue reading 10 Short Books to Read During Lockdown
I have just finished reading The Five by Hallie Rubenhold and it is one of the best books that I have read in a while. Although completely non-fiction, Rubenhold manages to tell the horrific events in a narrative that is both beguiling and captivating. This did not make for an easier read, the heart wrenching… Continue reading Book Review: The Five
Last night I went to see the production of Frankenstein at His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen. It is a book that I have studied thoroughly at university, and perhaps one of the first classic books that I enjoyed in its entirety. In addition to the incredible writing of the book, is the wonderment that is Mary… Continue reading Review of Rona Munro’s ‘Frankenstein’ Production
Discussing the relationship between violence, trauma and narrative in Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Kidnapped’ and Iain Crichton Smith’s ‘Consider the Lilies’.
Written: November 2019 Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped and Iain Crichton Smith’s Consider the Lilies, respectively offer insight into the endured violence and residual trauma of the 1745 Jacobite Rising and the Highland clearances. In Kidnapped, Stevenson presents to the reader David Balfour, a seventeen-year-old boy whose journey begins after his Uncle, Ebenezer Shaw, arranges his kidnapping. This results in the… Continue reading Discussing the relationship between violence, trauma and narrative in Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Kidnapped’ and Iain Crichton Smith’s ‘Consider the Lilies’.
Discussing the veiled critique of public institutions in George Eliot’s ‘The Mill on the Floss’ and Wilkie Collins’ ‘The Woman in White’.
According to Diane Long Hoeveler, ‘the female gothic novel’ functions primarily ‘as a coded and veiled critique of all of those public institutions that have been erected to displace, contain, or commodify women’. (Hoeveler, Gothic Feminism: The Professionalization of Gender from Charlotte Smith to the Brontës (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1998), pp.… Continue reading Discussing the veiled critique of public institutions in George Eliot’s ‘The Mill on the Floss’ and Wilkie Collins’ ‘The Woman in White’.
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