Christmas Book Haul

I got five books for Christmas, mainly ones I'll need to read for university next term: A comprehensive but quirky collection of verse which I hope will give me a good overview of twentieth century poetry. A strange, haunting and darkly comic account of the deluded and disillusioned people who drifted around Hollywood in the... Continue Reading →


2017: My year in reading

Best Victorian novel: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Best modernist novel: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Best murder mystery: In the Woods by Tana French Best sci-fi novel: Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis Best contemporary novel: Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks Best non-fiction book: Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991 by Orlando Figes Best poetry collection: Selected Poems by Christina Rossetti And finally... I'd just like to say... Continue Reading →

(Very small) Book Haul

Recently my friend and I took our yearly trip to the big Waterstones and Hatchards stores in London. Unfortunately, as we are both preparing to become poor students, we weren't anywhere near as extravagant as normal. However, I still came away with some good purchases, bought almost entirely using book tokens (hooray): Both of these... Continue Reading →

Birthday Book Haul 2

This year, my birthday was a departure from the norm in that all the books I received were either poetry collections or plays. This is partly because some of them are on my reading list for university but partly also because I want to broaden my reading horizons, as I tend to lean towards novels... Continue Reading →

Bookishly Roundup 2

A summary of my second 3-month subscription to Bookishly: Month 4               'Akenfield' by Ronald Blythe, Alice in Wonderland birthday cards and bookmark. Also some Lapsang Souchong Butterfly tea, of which there is no longer any evidence! Month 5 'The Outsider' by Albert Camus, blank travel notebook, Alice in Wonderland... Continue Reading →

Bookishly Roundup

In a previous post, I mentioned that for my birthday I got a 3-month subscription to Bookishly's 'Tea and Book Club'. This means that every month I received a parcel containing a surprise vintage paperback, a bookmark, some pretty stationery and some tea. Now that the subscription has finished, I thought I would share my winnings with you:... Continue Reading →

Best Bookshops in Cromer

To celebrate my 18th birthday, I went to Cromer for the weekend with my two best friends. I love Cromer because it has barely changed since the Victorian era: the same cobbled backstreets, extravagant pier and pastel-painted fisherman's cottages are visible in all the old photographs. I must admit it wasn't exactly a normal choice for a newly-turned-eighteen-year-old; some of the wild... Continue Reading →

2016: My year in reading

Best classic book: 'Emma' by Jane Austen Best non-fiction book: 'Notes From A Small Island' by Bill Bryson Best historical novel: 'The Other Boleyn Girl' by Philippa Gregory Best thriller: 'Into the Blue' by Robert Goddard Best mystery: 'Good Girls Don't Die' by Isabelle Grey Best contemporary novel: 'Atonement' by Ian McEwan Best modern classic:... Continue Reading →

Birthday Book Haul

For my birthday I was delighted to receive quite a few books... I loved David Nicholls' 'Us' and was keen to sample some more of his work. I am a fan of 'University Challenge' so this seemed like the logical next step! I came across this book while surfing through book trailers on YouTube (a guilty... Continue Reading →

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