Musings on Self Motivation

Hello Friends, I’ll be the first to put my hand up and say that nearly a year after the proverbial rug was quite literally pulled out from under our feet, I’ve finally found a routine that works for me in these strange new times. I like to think of myself as a fairly realistic and…

The Book Edit | ‘Conversations with Friends’ by Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney’s prose is what I’d call simply minimalist, avoiding a flair for the dramatics, enhancing the dead pan tone of her writing and ‘Conversations with Friends’ is no different. It forgoes the luminous, theatrical and ‘literary’ writing we’ve become accustomed to. Rooney’s work wasn’t unfamiliar to me, having previously devoured every page of her…

The Long Hibernation

Hello Friends, Welcome back to these parts which haven’t seen the light of day for what I must admit has been far too long. I could offer a number of excuses as to why I’ve neglected my blog for so long, but lets face it, I think they can be summed up in one little…

Half of a Yellow Sun

A little peruse through my book shelves recently brought me across “Half of a Yellow Sun” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I was first introduced to her work in one of my University courses, which instilled a curiosity in me to read more about her world on paper and this novel is one of my favourites….

The Lone Wolf

“Do not rely completely on any other human being, however dear. We meet all life’s greatest tests alone.” – Agnes Macphail. I like people. I’m a people person. I thrive in big crowds and relish at the chance to talk to as many people as I can and listen to as many stories as I…

Travel Diary: Edinburgh, Scotland

If there ever was a fairy tale town, I’m convinced that Edinburgh is it. With its towering monuments and insanely beautiful architecture, I don’t think I’ve wanted to live in a city as much I did Edinburgh after a family holiday a few weeks ago. It’s called ‘Athens of the North for a reason, though…

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…

Iron Flutter

A small cast of iron Winds around your finger Beams hit the walls, as you move In the yellow diamond room A moth ridden chair at your back Sits in quiet melancholy Half burnt cuban cigar dangles from your fingers Calloused, yellow, you move To the powdery books Unturned, rotten yellow pages You thumb your…

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…