Category: Discussion

Dear Bookish Friend (who I wish existed…)

Dear Bookish Friend (who I wish existed…)

One thing I’m really missing in day to day life is a friend who I can discuss books with. I mean, I have had friends who like to read, but they weren’t the type to fangirl about it. Reading wasn’t their main hobby. There was always something else they were much more passionate about, which […]

December 9, 2016
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Spoil Me Rotten

Spoil Me Rotten

I unashamedly love spoilers.  I prefer to know what’s going to happen in a piece of media I plan to experience than be taken by surprise.  This is not because I hate surprises as such. The fact of the matter is that I am simply impatient. Stories are my jam, they make me excited. I’m hungry for great narrative […]

May 18, 2016
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I Love My Kindle Paperwhite

I Love My Kindle Paperwhite

I’ve owned a Kindle HDX (called Smaug because he totally hoards loads of treasures, AKA books, films and a couple of totally addictive games) for a few years now and enjoyed it immensely. But there’s always been one draw back: when it comes to reading an ebook on there I tend to get distracted by […]

February 29, 2016
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Smaug of the Book World

Smaug of the Book World

I have a problem. I hoard books. I buy new ones even when I have a horrendous amount of books to read at home. I don’t ‘need’ as many books as I have, if I’m being honest with myself. I’ve become the Smaug of the Book World and I don’t think I want to be […]

January 22, 2015
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Finding Your Favourite Author

Finding Your Favourite Author

Sometimes you can find an author with a special talent for writing books to fall in love with. Everyone has their own preference when it comes to who they consider to be their master storyteller. I like to think of a personal library as being like a court where you can choose who you give […]

November 6, 2014
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Book Soundtracks

Book Soundtracks

You know that moment in a film or on TV when a really intense scene is being played out and the perfect music comes on just as everything kicks off and you can feel the drama prickling at your skin? I often try to replicate this feeling while reading books. When I can tell an intense […]

August 17, 2014
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The Freedom to Read Without Guilt

The Freedom to Read Without Guilt

In which Ren gets excited about being able to read ALL THE BOOKS. My exams are finished! I am finally free from all scholarly commitments. I can enjoy the summer😀.  I CAN READ WHATEVER I WANT! ‘No more exams?!’ I had my last exam last Thursday. As a reward to myself I went out to […]

June 3, 2014
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Let’s Talk About Exam Stress

Let’s Talk About Exam Stress

I have exams coming up next week and I feel unprepared. It’s not that I haven’t been revising (I’ve been revising like there’s no tomorrow!) it is just that I never feel like I’ve made myself good enough to take the exam. Part of the problem is the pressure I put on myself.  I don’t just […]

May 20, 2014
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The Trial of Oscar Wilde

The Trial of Oscar Wilde

For LGBT month I’m posting an abridged story about a writer, who we would now consider LGBT, in order to give some perspective on how we’ve developed  as a society so far in regards to how we treat  literature and authors   that are linked with LGBT themes and issues. In 1895 Oscar Wilde was in a […]

April 1, 2014
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I Heart Paperbacks

I Heart Paperbacks

The thing about hardback books is that they are worth more than paperbacks. They have a greater value  and are often more carefully created. Which is why I don’t often chuck a hardback in my rucksack. They are heavy and their dust-jackets (which I always forget to take off) can get ripped fairly easily which […]

January 9, 2014
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