I know that I’m late on the International Women’s Day bandwagon – it was Thursday, if you somehow missed the wallpapering of incredible women across the internet and in real life – but A-Levels mean that I have a warped sense of time. I still refuse to believe that my exams are three months away.… Read More Favourite Books by Female Authors (belated IWD 2018)
I’ve done relatively well with not buying books this year so far. To be honest, that’s only because I’ve only left the house to go to school and go to Malaga this month, and I’ve not wanted to fork out for postage. I bought five books this February (but please bear in mind that I… Read More February 2018 Book Haul
I like to class this novel as revision. The A-Level klaxon is blaring, and reality (in terms of the grades my firm university choice requires) is hitting me repeatedly over the back of the head. Aside from the facts that George Saunders is a masterful writer, that this won the Man Booker, and that the… Read More Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
I’d always known Trainspotting as one of those books which I should read, but had not the time or inclination to. It’s not in our school library – copious amounts of drugs, alcohol, and swearing isn’t the vibe that my Catholic school is aiming for – and I always chose to buy other books instead of it.… Read More CR: Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
W.H. Auden is great for heartbreak. Pathetic, I know – I am too acutely aware of my own cynicism, my own failures. I should have listened to the Love Through the Ages AQA poetry anthology more. True love doesn’t exist, but boys who really know how to fuck up do. And that’s enough insight into my personal life, because I’m… Read More crying? W.H. Auden.
Christ, how I love Angela Carter. Having adored The Bloody Chamber last year – and with nothing better to do in a free period than browse the library and complain about mocks – I picked Wise Children out because it’s relatively short and has a pink cover. It is, however, a snazzy, spangly, high-kicking read… Read More Wise Children by Angela Carter
2018! New year, new me! And to celebrate this new, healthier me – one who has finally lost the tendency to over-worry, over-complicate and over-doubt – I’ve just finished reading a book about vampires. And man-eating lions. And magicians. And robots. A complete departure from my ‘usual’ book – and for the past year, ‘usual’… Read More Perchance to Dream by Charles Beaumont