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December 2020 Wrap Up

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

Book Review: Hood Feminism

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

Book Review: The Ingenious and the Colour of Life

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

Wintry Book Recommendations

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

November Wrap Up

*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

Non-Fiction Books on Anti-Racism Written by Black Authors (That White People Need to Read)

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)

Scotland’s History with Emigration

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

Book Review: The Five

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

Review of Rona Munro’s ‘Frankenstein’ Production

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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