Shakespeare Week

I can’t remember what the first Shakespeare play I studied was, but I think it might have been The Tempest. I hated it. For me, being taught Shakespeare has never been a pleasant experience. Sitting poring over the script, deciphering the language and being questioned on meaning is quintessential Shakespeare study. It’s pretty much standard for studying any text, and it’s so. Dry. For far … Continue reading Shakespeare Week

The Particular List: Favourite Female Authors

Reading a piece not so long ago about people struggling to read more female authors, or making vows to read only books by women for the whole year, I started to contemplate my own reading tastes. I could name plenty of female authors I’d read lately, just off the top of my head, why were these people struggling?  It soon occurred to me that the … Continue reading The Particular List: Favourite Female Authors

Review: I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman

Angel Rahimi is in for the best week of her life. She’s going to meet her internet friend Juliet, stay with her in London for the week, and finally see the Ark. The Ark are her favourite band in the world, in fact, favourite is probably an understatement; the Ark and their fandom are her entire world.  Jimmy Kaga-Ricci is one third of the Ark, … Continue reading Review: I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman

Review: The Fandom by Anna Day

Violet and her friends love the Gallows Dance- both the book and the film- with all their hearts. A trip to comic con to meet the stars of the film fills them all with excitement, but excitement turns to fear when a freak accident transports them directly into the world they love so much. Time for Violet to be the heroine…  I have been looking … Continue reading Review: The Fandom by Anna Day

Romances in non-romantic YA 

I get it, I get it, you don’t buy into Valentine’s Day. Maybe you don’t buy into big romance at all, especially not in fiction; you’d prefer a heist, a crime, something magical. What if you could have both?   Magic – The Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab You like high fantasy, huh? Beautiful magic, wild worlds, daring heroes, that sort of thing? … Continue reading Romances in non-romantic YA 

Books I’ve pretended to have read

I’m guilty of pretending to have read things I actually haven’t. It’s easily done, and nearly always something I meant to read but never got around to, or something that I know would make me seem smarter or more well-read but just doesn’t really appeal to me.  All of the Game of Thrones books I’ve only read the first one, and that took me- no joke- … Continue reading Books I’ve pretended to have read

Review: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Something had to be my first read of 2018, and I’m so glad it was this! Alice and her mother have been running from bad luck all their lives. Bad luck and the Hazel Wood, Alice’s grandmother’s mansion, bought with the proceeds of a book Alice has never been allowed to read. When they receive word that Alice’s grandmother has died, and her mother is … Continue reading Review: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert