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Autumn Wrap-Up: What I’ve Read Recently

Like everyone else, I’m baffled as to how quick this year has gone. As we approach the end of the year, I’m looking back on a few of my new year’s resolutions. Despite having failed to achieve most (guess I’ll try to learn Japanese next year), one of my resolutions…

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Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

I was actually going to save this review for an overall ‘what I’ve been reading lately’ styled post, sharing a brief overview of a few books I’ve read recently. However, after the story captivating me from the beginning with its whimsical story-telling and its compelling characters, I had to dedicate…

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Odd One Out by Nic Stone

Author: Nic Stone          Published: 2018           Pages: 304           Rating: 5 stars   Odd One Out is a coming-of-age story which explores friendship, love and self-discovery. Through her telling of the story, Nic Stone triumphs with her representation of race and sexuality, the complex nature…

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September Wrap-Up

My first couple of weeks in Madrid have been a whirlwind: moving into a 16 person flat, starting my teaching job, winding up lost in the Spanish streets. I won’t ramble on, but feel free to read more about my first week here. Shameless plug aside, I’ve finally found some…

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The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

“We’re going to survive–our songs, our stories. They’ll never be able to forget us. Decades after the last man who fought at Troy is dead, their sons will remember the songs their Trojan mothers sang to them. We’ll be in their dreams–and in their worst nightmares too.” Author: Pat Barker…

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August Wrap-Up

September 1st marks the first day of meteorological Autumn meaning the jumpers are out, the rain is pouring and we might finally stop seeing middle-aged men take to the streets topless as soon as they catch a glimpse of some British sunshine. Although to be honest, as someone who is…

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Little Fires Everywhere Book Review

“Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way.” Author: Celeste Ng Published: 2017 Pages: 338 Rating: 5 stars Oh how I loved…

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On Writing, Telling Stories & Progressing – Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone.

Tuesday 31st July 2018, Waterstones ‘In Conversation with Tomi Adeyemi’ It was after devouring her debut novel ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ when I discovered author Tomi Adeyemi was coming to Waterstones in Liverpool. After relishing this enchanting story, I bought a ticket and I’m so happy I did. Hearing…

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July Wrap Up – Books I’ve Read This Month

And just like that another month has flown by. The sun has been shining here in the UK, but today as I’m writing this I’m accompanied by the gentle patter of rain upon my window. The sound of rain makes me feel so cozy, as does reading a good book,…

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Little Things 3 – 50 Happy Things

This past week I’ve felt as if all of my creativity and blog post ideas have been sucked out of me. I was ill last weekend, and have been left with a sniffling cold and fatigue which has hindered my willingness to sit down and write. My phone’s also broken,…

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