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Book reviews and some personal bits and bobs of writing

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Fiction

Under the Skin – Michel Faber

Under the Skin by Michel Faber was one of the books I had on my reading list this year, and naturally, it had to be read for mid-March but as it has potential of being on my final, I feel... Continue Reading →

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Top Girls – Caryl Churchill

Another text taken from my reading list for this term - the rather feminist play Top Girls by Caryl Churchill, something that I would likely never stumble upon otherwise. But, I was not a fan. I usually don't mind reading... Continue Reading →

Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell

Nineteen Eighty-Four was one of the requirements for me to read in one of my university modules; Modernist to Contemporary to Present Day Literature (a crazy title for a module, I know). After consulting a few people who had previously... Continue Reading →

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

I was assigned The Picture of Dorian Gray, and like many students, I don't read what is assigned at the time, but I get to it eventually. And it's not like I was completely clueless as to what was going... Continue Reading →

A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

Uploading a book review on Christmas I think is perfectly suitable, after all, 'tis the season and it's the perfect book to curl up with prior to sitting down with the family. I grew up watching the different versions of... Continue Reading →

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

A short story like The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is always pleasant to read. Likely due to the overall shortness of it. The plot doesn't drag on and nothing is left unsaid at the end. The... Continue Reading →

Dracula – Bram Stoker

Oh my this book took forever. Dracula seemed to take me a fair bit of time to read, let's face it, there is only so many vampire books that I can read in a year. Also, it is not the... Continue Reading →

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

I was in the cinema a while back and the trailer for this film came up. I immediately knew I needed to see it at some point, but felt it necessary to read the novel that it is based on.... Continue Reading →

I am the Messenger – Markus Zusak

I am the Messenger will probably not make it to my favorite books that I've read, but regardless of that it was an enjoyable novel. It starts quite abruptly, with a bank robbery, and thus follows the protagonist Ed Kennedy... Continue Reading →

Career of Evil – Robert Galbraith

When I saw Career of Evil in a soft cover edition at the airport I was so hyped and practically ran to the till to buy it. There is a special place in my heart for crime fiction and books... Continue Reading →

My Soul to Take – Yrsa Sigurdardóttir

I bought this book while I was on holiday in Iceland in 2013 in a small vintage bookshop and cafe, as a souvenir in a sense. It seems to always take me quite a while to get to a book... Continue Reading →

I Am Legend – Richard Matheson

This was a text on my reading list for university, but yet I only read it about a month after I was supposed to. I Am Legend was just not something I would ever reach for, maybe due to it’s... Continue Reading →

The Prisoner of Heaven – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

All books by Carlos Ruiz Zafón have a special place in my heart and I believe that I have in fact read every single one of them (no shame). So naturally, when I stumbled upon The Prisoner of Heaven I... Continue Reading →

1Q84 – Haruki Murakami

When I announced that this was going to be the next book I read, a friends of mine said “a tough start you found yourself”. I’m not quite sure why they said this, as it wasn’t especially challenging. I found... Continue Reading →

The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith

I had previously read The Cuckoo’s Calling and when I heard this book was coming out, I was very excited to pick it up and get engrossed by the fascinating language and descriptions the author feeds you through the chapters.... Continue Reading →

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