October Reading

Two months ago I started my third year at university and because the work load has proved to be much more substantial this year, I decided to go back to monthly book reviews rather than individual ones. Luckily, third year at a Scottish university means that I had the opportunity to choose all my classes…

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“You Can’t Go Home Again”

One of the biggest lessons I have learned in the past five years is that no plan – for life or otherwise – goes exactly the way we want it to. I suppose the natural place to start would be five years ago. I was about to go into my last year of high school…

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Letters From a Parisienne…

If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that my partner Lewis and I are learning French together. This seems to be just another step towards being completely consumed by everything French and/or Paris related, and as a result I recently found myself nosing through HOW TO BE PARISIAN (wherever you are) for the…

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REVIEW // The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

Published: 1922 My Edition: Rating: 3/5 Reading Agatha Christie has always been a nostalgic act for me. Although we weren’t very close, it reminds of the quiet afternoons I would spend with my grandparents as my Grandmother would indulge in her latest Christie acquisition. This became where my love for the classic crime fiction author…

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REVIEW // GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell

Published: 1936 My Edition: Here Rating: 4/5 Margaret Mitchell’s GONE WITH THE WIND is a classic tome that has intimidated readers for years since it’s publication. Myself included, GONE WITH THE WIND  became the book that most people knew the general idea of the story, but never bothered to pick up the novel (especially considering…

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Making Priorities

Recently it has become glaringly obvious to me that as I get older, my priorities are shifting vastly. This may be quite an obvious statement to make, but there are things that I never thought I’d really have to think about or take into consideration at the young age of twenty-two. I the past few…

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University Reading List // Year 3, Semester 1

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REVIEW // Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

Published: 2016 My Edition: Here Rating: 2/5 Deborah Levy’s Hot Milk follows Sofia – in her early twenties, recently graduated anthropologist, and carer of her mother Rose. In an attempt to cure Rose’s mysterious illness, they both travel to Spain and meet Dr. Gomez – an unconventional doctor whose treatments only further the confusion of what…

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REVIEW // East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Published: 1952 My Edition: Here Rating: 5/5 East of Eden was one of the more daunting books waiting to be read in my flat, and after putting it off for what felt like – and literally turned out to be – years, I have finally ticked it off my list. Steinbeck’s tomb is a retelling of…

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REVIEW // Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Published: 1987 My Edition: Here Rating: 3/5 When going in to Murakami’s most well-known work, I was prepared for some overwhelmingly beautiful prose and intricate insights into the characters that inhabit his magical realism world. Having read two of his works before – The Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage and The Strange…

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