Social Spectres: an informal research proposal

Social Spectres: an informal research proposal

It’s Friday the 13th – election day 2019. A glum fog hangs on the corners of my colleagues, lecturers and families’ smiles. The farce and self-deprecating humour haunts me. So, naturally, I am ready to declare to the world – or rather, to the few “followers” I have – that I am working on a […]

Haunting Texts: Notes from a module

Haunting Texts: Notes from a module

Spring 2019: The final semester of third year has arrived! Yesterday I received my results from semester one English literature module and I was overjoyed with how well I managed to perform. It is the best English literature grade I’ve ever attained truly motivating me to believe that I am actually good at my degree, […]

Spooky Autumn Reads

Spooky Autumn Reads

It’s been over a month since I last posted some bookish things. I’ve been busy working, reading, socialising, you know – all those student things. This academic year is the final one of my undergraduate degree and because of that, I’m hoping I can post on here at least once a month. However, it’s not […]

A Note on I Am Legend by Richard Matherson

I have been so excited to read some Matherson, even more so after I read Stephen King’s afterword in my edition of I Am Legend, it was one of the most interesting horror/science fiction novels I’ve read. And just like King said in the afterword, I didn’t want I Am Legend to end. Although Mathersons’ original novel has a film […]

Notes On A Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

Notes On A Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

To read my review of his previous mental health book, Reasons To Stay Alive, click here. In the opening chapter of this wonderful, insightful book, Matt Haig summarises his masterpiece perfectly: “I had already written about my mental health in Reasons To Stay Alive. But the question this time was a broader one: how can we live in a mad […]

Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

‘The fact that this book exists is proof that depression lies.’ After I read The Humans by Haig I was excited to read more of his wonderful work. Reasons to Stay Alive is a non-fiction, biography-style mindfulness guide / mental health educational text. Very wordy, I know, but Haig certainly isn’t. His writing is conversational without being too dumbed […]

The Humans by Matt Haig

The Humans by Matt Haig

“Let us consider this: what if there actually is a meaning to human life?” Haig’s main character, a Vendorian (an alien), considers a statement by one of Earth’s most famous (my favourite) poets, Emily Dickinson “I dwell in possibility”. With no answers of why we’re really here, our race, us puny humans fabricate reasons for existence, and superior beings […]

IT by Stephen King

IT by Stephen King

Finishing IT is probably one of my proudest literary achievements. Its such a fantastic book packed with interesting themes explored in great depth. I listened to a total of 45 hrs of an audiobook over the course of a year, on-and-off, gradually picking up speed over the past few months. Over 1000 pages of words […]

Misogynation by Laura Bates

Misogynation by Laura Bates

After reading Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates I was super interested in reading more about what Laura Bates had to say, and when I saw that she had recently come out with a new book, Misogynation, I had to pick it up. This was not an easy read for a number of reasons. Partly because so many of […]