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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June Reading

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt My Edition: Abacus, 2014 **THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW** The Goldfinch was a book I  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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April Watching

This month has been crazy as far as events of my life go. We moved in to our new flat at the of March, meaning that this entire month we have been trying to get it together and organised as best we can without furniture or storage. Also, I decided to up the amount of…

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March Watching

  Certain Women (2016) My first Kristen Stewart movie of the year was definitely not a disappointment. This story of three interwoven lives of seemingly regular women grew to be a moving example of the true woman. It displayed the inner workings of relationships – both wanted and unwanted – and the damage we, as…

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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 Listens: Blossoms new self-titled album

One of my favourite little things in life is finding a new band that I just fall head over heels for, and lately that’s been Blossoms. Now, I’m fully aware that I’m late to the party on this one, but as it so happens my timing perfectly coordinated with the release of Blossoms first full…

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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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