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My Top 10 Books of 2019

2019 has been a wonderfully busy, varied reading year. Both my English Literature course and feminist book club have pushed me out of my comfort zone and encouraged me to try something new. At the same time, the inspiring community of book bloggers continues to keep reading exciting – I can’t wait to see what 2020 brings!

So without further ado, in no particular order (because I am extremely indecisive!) my top 10 books read in 2019 are… Continue reading My Top 10 Books of 2019

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Questioning the Canon: Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mary Prince

Questioning the Canon is a new feature in which I hope to bring to light lesser-known books about a certain issue, which can be read alongside or instead of infamous ‘classics’.

People are starting to discuss whether the authors we hold up as cultural icons – Shakespeare, Dickens, Wordsworth – should be accompanied by previously marginalised writers. Our idea of what constitutes ‘great literature’ is becoming broader. 

This can only be a good thing, as it means more diversity and social representation in what we read! Continue reading Questioning the Canon: Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mary Prince

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Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez: Fortify Your Feminism!

Rating: 3 stars

Category: Non-Fiction

Synopsis: From limited career progression to queueing for aaaages in the ladies’ loos, there are some struggles that women across the world have resigned themselves to. But what if it didn’t have to be like that?

In this collection of case studies covering cities, the workplace, hospitals, disaster zones and beyond, Caroline Criado Perez reveals how, in a modern society that revolves around data, women are being systematically excluded. Continue reading Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez: Fortify Your Feminism!

Reblog: Diversity in YA Books — One In a Million

I am a proud member of the Better World Books affiliate network – the ethical online bookshop. Please note that this post contains affiliate links. The wonderful Aditi has a comprehensive range of posts on her blog, from author interviews to discussion posts. Her unique poems on both familiar and more unusual topics are 100% worth a read as well. It’s hard to believe she’s still in … Continue reading Reblog: Diversity in YA Books — One In a Million

Reblog: July Wrap Up — Carla Loves To Read

I am a proud member of the Better World Books affiliate network – the ethical online bookshop. Please note that this post contains affiliate links. As if you didn’t need even more books to add to your never-ending list, I can highly recommend Carla’s blog: Carla Loves to Read. Her July Wrap-Up post demonstrates the insane number of books she reads, of all shapes, sizes and genres… … Continue reading Reblog: July Wrap Up — Carla Loves To Read

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Questioning the Canon: William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe

Questioning the Canon is a new feature in which I hope to bring to light lesser-known books about a certain issue, which can be read alongside or instead of infamous ‘classics’.

People are starting to discuss whether the authors we hold up as cultural icons – Shakespeare, Dickens, Wordsworth – should be accompanied by previously marginalised writers. Our idea of what constitutes ‘great literature’ is becoming broader. 

This can only be a good thing, as it means more diversity and social representation in what we read! Continue reading Questioning the Canon: William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe

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This Is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay: Top 10 Funniest Moments

This Is Going to Hurt is the diaries of junior doctor Adam Kay in the years before he leaves medicine, disillusioned by the gruelling hours, bureaucracy and lack of support. The diary entries document the funny and heart-wrenching anecdotes from his medical career, showcasing the best and worst of humanity along the way. The reason why Adam Kay is able to convey the seriousness of the issues facing the NHS so well is, paradoxically, his unique brand of humour. He now works in comedy and it’s easy to see why! So without further ado, here are the funniest moments of This Is Going to Hurt that had me laughing out loud in public places… Continue reading This Is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay: Top 10 Funniest Moments

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Archive Nostalgia: Fulfil your Summer Reading Goals – Tailored Recommendations!

With many people embarking on summer reading challenges this year, such as the 20 Books of Summer hosted by Cathy @ 746 Books, I thought I would bring back this feature from the archives. If you’re looking to reach some reading goals over summer, hopefully, this will provide you with some inspiration!
The weather is getting warmer, the evenings lighter, the trees are blossoming – summer is definitely on its way! I don’t know about you, but whether I’m on holiday or just relaxing in the garden, summer is the time when I get to read most out of any time of year. But have you thought about what you’re aiming to achieve with your reading this summer? Do you want to feel more well-read by perusing some classics, or do you fancy something a little lighter to help you relax on the beach? The tailored recommendations below will help you to fulfil your summer reading goals, whatever they may be! Continue reading Archive Nostalgia: Fulfil your Summer Reading Goals – Tailored Recommendations!