Christmas Gift Guide 2020

Look at us. Who would have thought that, by Christmas, Bristol would be in Tier 3, we’d still be unable to see friends and Wales would have gotten way too into the spirit of the roaring 20s with nationwide prohibition? Not me! But, as we know from all of the corporate Christmas adverts on tellyContinue reading “Christmas Gift Guide 2020”

Every Book I Bought During Lockdown

After what can only be described as the longest and most crap year of our lives, finally, we seem to be coming out of the other side of lockdown. Unless you happen to live in the north of England, in which case – gutted. Anyway, I saw this idea on booksandquills Youtube channel and hadContinue reading “Every Book I Bought During Lockdown”

My Summer Reading List 2020

Originally, this post was going to be a list of beach reads that aren’t crap, i.e. ones that aren’t called ‘the secret WAG’ and don’t revolve around missing kids (think Gwen in Gavin and Stacey reading ‘Please Mummy, No!’ and it’s sequel, ‘Daddy, please don’t!’). But as holidays are off the cards for the foreseeableContinue reading “My Summer Reading List 2020”

Beautiful Literature by Black Writers

Literature continues to be one of the most powerful forms of expression, allowing writers to authentically share their lived experiences in their own words. However, the literary canon has remained exclusive; home to mostly upper-class, white people and leaving little room for anyone else. In memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and theContinue reading “Beautiful Literature by Black Writers”

Classic Novels For People Who Don’t Like Classic Novels

Have you ever seen those articles that are like ‘100 novels you ABSOLUTELY MUST read before you die’?? And there’s always ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy’, or worse ‘Middlemarch‘. That’s what I’m trying to avoid here. If you’re someone that has tried reading those big novels in the English canon but you actuallyContinue reading “Classic Novels For People Who Don’t Like Classic Novels”

A Few Non-Fiction Recommendations

When I was younger, whenever I heard the word ‘non-fiction’ my brain would immediately equate it to ‘boring’. However, younger-me was uninformed and completely wrong, so ignore her. This short list of brilliant non-fiction books spans all genres from anthropology, to art and true crime.  In Cold Blood – Truman Capote  Upon hearing about theContinue reading “A Few Non-Fiction Recommendations”