Hawking, Stoker and Hosseini

We all have our rough days, more often than not and when it gets to the point where the rug really gets pulled out from under my feet, the only thing that makes me feel like me again are books. Books and candles. There’s something pretty comforting about cozying up in a blanket, candles lit…

‘Annabel Lee’

I recently came across Edgar Allan Poe’s poem ‘Annabel Lee’ in ‘Lady Midnight’ by Cassandra Clare. It tickled something in the back of my mind and I realised I’d read it once before when I was in school. Reading it again, with and without a certain context made me think of so many different things…

Lex Malla, Lex Nulla

Law. A word that binds every single one of us on some level or another. Law. A single entity that dictates the very momentum of life. Law. An established system of rules which a particular country or community recognises as regulating the actions of its members, and which it may enforce by the imposition of…

Life After Life: Bed Time Reads

I had been meaning to read Life after Life ever since it was recommended to me; the plot itself and the idea of reincarnation intrigued me, so I ordered a copy for myself and jumped right in. It’s taken me a while to get through, mostly due to the fact that studying English Literature at…

Colour Yourself Happy

So recently I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz on the internet about colouring books for adults, a sort of art therapy, a stress relief, a little something to give you another outlet for your creativity. I had been reading up a lot about it and it’s benefits and the philosophy behind it, and I…

The Girl You Left Behind…

It isn’t quite often that I find a book which once I’ve finished, I go right back to the start and devour page after page all over again, and over the Christmas Holidays, I did exactly that! ‘The Girl You Left Behind’ made me dive right back into this heartbreaking yet heartwarming tale. Never have…

Does Pain Demand To Be Felt?

This Christmas Holiday, I got the chance to read a few of my well loved books that I left behind at home, in hopes that they would provide some much needed solace from victorian novels and plays that had occupied my mind during term time. And I was right! I have to say, I did not…

Brutally Honest: My Thoughts On ‘Never Let Me Go’

With a hefty first term of uni done and dusted, novels and plays put away to gather dust for the Christmas Holidays, my eyes caught the spine of something else on my rickety shelves. It was a book that I had been given a while ago and yet had never opened. Until now, and I…

The American Dream: My Thoughts on the ‘Great Gatsby’

Fitzgerald’s “Great Gatsby” is a book that has stayed with me since the first time I ever read it. An evocative tale submerged in a world of kaleidoscopic glamour and lavish parties, it takes the readers a while to accustom their eyes to the damnation and sorrow that is eclipsed by the shadow of the…

Big Brother Is Watching You: My Thoughts on ‘1984’

This is a classic example of a book that needs to be read at least twice, nay thrice, for the sheer brilliance of it to fully sink in. To be able to create such a complex future out of words on paper, that was nearly half a century away, was a daunting task for Orwell,…