In Praise of: The Adelaide Central Markets
The Adelaide Central Markets are one of the best things about our great city. The variety of produce available, from the freshest possible fruit and vegetables to the scrumptious pastries and cheeses and, of course, the array of revitalising coffee options, means there really is something for everyone.
Falling Back in Love with Reading
When I was in school, I adored reading and churned through books rapidly. I used books as a way to challenge my mind and escape the tedium of high school, but at some point I just stopped reading. Why did this happen?
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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The e-Reader v Hard Copy Debate
I like to read. Novels, historical fiction, historical non-fiction, contemporary non-fiction, contemporary fiction! I’ll read it all.
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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.
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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Rare Books and Special Collections
Located on Level One of the Barr Smith Library is the Rare Books and Special Collections. I awkwardly wander in, curious about what is held within. “Can I help you?” says the staff member. She seems somewhat confused to see me checking the locked door to the inner collection. I explain that I want to […]
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Netflix Binge: Book Adaptations
Shadowhunters Shadowhunters is based on the bestselling Mortal Instruments series by young adult author Cassandra Clare. There was previously a film adaptation starring Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower, made in 2013—clearly trying to cash in to the young adult book-to-film boom started by the Twilight saga and continued by The Hunger Games. Unfortunately, this […]
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Starting a Book Club
For an entire year, I prevaricated about starting a book club. The premise was simple: I wanted to start a feminist book club with my feminist pals, to read feminist books written by women-identifying or non-binary writers. The catch: I’m an introvert and incredibly scared of rejection. I dislike making events on Facebook and waiting […]
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