What does it feel like to have your culture and language appropriated for a trend? What does it feel like to grow up without ever seeing an accurate representation of you on TV, but just a stereotypical mockery? What does it feel like to be stopped and detained at an airport because of the colour … More The Good Immigrant: Book Review
Ah Valentine’s Day. The light-hearted holiday seems to induce either panic, scorn or fun, depending on who you ask. I thought I’d celebrate by listing some of my favourite literary couples. I’ve limited the list to literature’s functional couples with happy (ish) endings, I think I’ll make a separate list for the tragic couples who suffer for their doomed … More Happy Valentines Day!
“Life is a drama full of tragedy and comedy. You should learn to enjoy the comic episodes a little more.” I’ve always thought that memoirs read very much like an autobiography; key moments of a person’s life typed out in chronological order that combine to give a factual insight into a person. The Glass … More The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
A book always feels extra special when it has illustrations in it, even if it’s something small like maps of made-up worlds at the beginning. I don’t pick up picture books on a frequent basis but this weekend I brought home two that have been receiving rave reviews and I loved them so much! A Child … More Reviewing Picture Books
“Beware against the sweet person, for sugar has no nutrition” Rating: 1.5/5 I had such high expectations for this book; good reviews combined with that beautiful cover and the memory of how successfully it can be retold, I went into it with high hopes. The latest in the Hogarth Shakespeare project which sees notable authors … More Vinegar Girl: Book Review
I used to do this little segment over on youmeandbooks.tumblr.com called Literary Birthdays where I spotlight on the author whose birthday it is and I want to continue it over here starting off with D.H. Lawrence. Unfortunately, I’ve only read Lady Chatterly’s Lover but definitely want to read more by Lawrence, he was featured heavily on a Modernism … More Happy Birthday D.H. Lawrence!
One of the ways I love organising my books is by series and I thought I’d show off my Penguin Modern Classics today. There’s something so nice about having white spines with little penguins lined up on my bookshelf. The covers are also completely gorgeous, I love the simpleness of the photograph and how it ties … More Penguin Modern Classics
“Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother’s was worth a pocket watch.” This book was so lovely and not lovely because it was happy and full of joy, but lovely because it showed that regardless of the evil that some demented humans can cause, there is such beauty … More Between Shades of Gray: Book Review
I’ve been through the whole spectrum of emotions when it comes to Romeo and Juliet. Utterly enthralled with the lyricism of the words, gloom at the tragic ending and then scorn at the two young lovers, before coming around full circle and realising what a complete masterpiece Romeo and Juliet really is. In Romeo and … More Too Young to Love, Too Young to Die
The Princess Bride is one of my favourite films and I’ve been meaning to read it for so long. When it finally came through the post a few weeks ago, my heart did a few somersaults. The story promises a swashbuckling adventure, heart fluttering romance, thrilling fights and intriguing mysteries. Does it deliver? You bet … More The Princess Bride: Book Review