REVIEW // East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Published: 1952 My Edition:Β 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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June Reading

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt My Edition: Abacus, 2014 **THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW** The Goldfinch was a book I Β had on my shelves for very long time but was always too intimidated and scared to read. After my overly successful read of The Secret History, I was, naturally, afraid that The Goldfinch wouldn’t…

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Representation in Media

The topic of “representation” in media is incredibly apt at the moment. With Netflix producing 13 Reason’s Why,Β the President of the United States trying – multiple times – to take privileges away from transgender, female, and/or LGBTQ+ people, and the #BLACKLIVESMATTER campaign, there are so many levels of representation that need to be addressed. I…

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March Reading

March was another successful reading month for me and I am happy to say that I even managed to fit in a good amount of personal books as well as those for my studies. Specifically with what I read towards the end of the month, I learned a lot about the influential movements in early…

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February Reading

Although this post is coming at a time that is embarrassingly late, I know that a lot of the followers on my old YouTube channel really miss the monthly wrap-up of books I have been reading. In conjunction with the monthly film posts, I thought I would do a monthly reading list with my personal…

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Leather-Bound Reads: Interview with Lara Williams, author of Treats!

It’s no secret that one of the best reads of the year so far for me is the short story collection Treats by Lara Williams. Most stories are only a few pages long, but are packed with the harsh realities of being a grown, modern woman in today’s society. Tackling subjects like dating, love, sex,…

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Leather-Bound Reads: The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride

Published: September 2016, Faber & Faber My Rating: 4/5 Goodreads Book Depository   “for all the world’s an empty stage if he’s not standing in it.” – The Lesser Bohemians, pg. 265   When a young Irish actress finds herself training in London, all she dreams of is the West End and a flourishing cinema…

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WALKING THE LIGHTS by Deborah Andrews

Published: Freight Books, 2016 My Rating: 3.5/5 Goodreads Book Depository ‘She moved to the sofa and wiped her tears with the end of her sleeve, scratchy against her face. The vinegary smell from the fish supper Mike had reeled home with spiked the back of her nose. She bundled it up and hurled it across…

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