Review: The Heart’s Invisible Furies
John Boyne’s The Heart’s Invisible Furies opens in 1945 in the small, conservative village of Goleen in west Cork, Ireland. Instead of a nostalgic introduction to Boyne’s homeland of sweeping cliffs and vibrant greenery, the novel begins inside a church where Father James Monroe denounces pregnant 16-year-old Catherine Goggin as a whore, before banishing her […]
Recomendation: Ronan Farrow’s Catch & Kill
In October 2017, rumours that mega-successful producer Harvey Weinstein was a serial sexual predator became news when the story broke in the New York Times and, later, in The New Yorker.
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Book Review: Dune
I recently decided to tackle the 1965 novel Dune by Frank Herbert, one of the most famous science fiction novels of all time. It is a novel I have picked up and put down countless times before, daunted by its length. This time I was determined to read all 464 pages.
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Book Reflection: Between the World and Me
Work has been very busy and intense lately, so much so that I feel like I need to ensure healthy boundaries and not be working during all my waking hours. I’ve made sure to really carve out some time for myself that’s enjoyable, easy, affordable, and which continues to stimulate my brain. I’ve returned to […]
Turtles All The Way Down
There are some books that I can read and re-read for years; John Green’s Turtles all the Way Down is one of them. This novel, from the author of The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns, follows Aza Holmes, a 16-year old girl who attempts to solve the mystery of a missing local billionaire, all […]
Brief Answers to the Big Questions – Book Review
Stephen Hawking is a huge role model of mine. Brief Answers to the Big Questions is the last book he wrote before he died, and while it certainly isn’t for everyone, it highlighted his brilliance and got me excited and hopeful for the future.
New Year Reading List
Many books I’ve read are based on the recommendation from a friend’s or stranger’s comment of the book. It’s a fun way of choosing books, and yet so effective. The Goodreads website is a “social cataloguing” website that allows individuals to freely search its database of books, annotations, and reviews (Wiki). Every year the Goodreads website […]
Reading List – Young Adult Fantasy Fiction: Part 2
I’m afraid there is a theme to my young adult fantasy reading lists; without fail, I love kick-ass female protagonists, epic fantasy quests and some well-imagined magic. Anything with a fairy-tale or spooky feel also rates highly, as well as interesting cultures outside the usual British medieval setting. You’ll notice these (and those in my […]
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Reading List – Young Adult Fantasy Fiction: Part 1
Young Adult (YA) fantasy fiction is one of my favourite genres (and incidentally the topic of my PhD thesis). Reading is a great way to unwind from the day and relax before bed—so get your hands on one of these novels and unplug from technology for a few hours. You won’t regret it.
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My View of “The Necklace” by Maupassant
“The Necklace” is one of Guy de Maupassant’s famous short stories. I read “The Necklace” when I was about 12. To be honest, I didn’t think there were any wrongdoings by Mathilde Loisel, the main character of this short story, who is widely recognised as “vanity”.
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