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 […]
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?
Making the Time to Read
I love to read, but I don’t do it enough. My Goodreads ‘to read’ list continues to grow, my Kindle bookshelf is filled with books waiting to be read, and I often feel like my actual bookshelf is glaring at me, reminding me of how neglectful I’ve been.
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Trump and TV
I recently read Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television and the Fracturing of America, by the New York Times TV critic, James Poniewozik.
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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Reading is Hard
Words. Words. Words. So many people harp on about the benefit of reading. It’s good for your brain, it broadens your horizons, and you learn a lot. I reckon they’re right, but it just makes reading feel like such a chore. I have to do it. I have to sit down, and (what feels like) […]
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A Journey to Read More
I, like a lot of people, love reading, but I, like a lot of people, struggle to commit to reading regularly. Around December last year, I noticed that my Goodreads ‘Want to read’ list seemed to be ever-growing, while the list of books I’d actually read remained stagnant. So, this year I decided to set […]
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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.
Winter is wonderful!
Winter is Coming, and I could not be happier. I love being able to snuggle up in a good blanket with a hot cup of tea, playing a game or reading a book (even if it is a textbook).
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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 […]