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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote: Review

This is the second book of Truman Capote’s I felt compelled to read. I love the Audrey Hepburn film – Perhaps even more after reading the book… Title: Breakfast at Tiffany’s Author: Truman Capote Date published: 1958 Pages: 178 Goodreads summary: In this seductive, wistful masterpiece, Truman Capote created a woman whose name has entered the American idiom and whose style is a part of the literary landscape. Holly Golightly knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany’s; her poignancy, wit, and naïveté continue to charm. First things first, this novella is a teeny slice of  book at only 178 pages. What’s astonishing is that it feels…

Six 2017 releases to get excited about

We’ve had Caraval by Stephanie Garber, Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth and Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken (the much-anticipated sequel to Passenger ) already this year so it’s definitely set to be an interesting one for the YA genre and for reading in general. That being said if you spent all your bookish excitement on last years Harry Potter new releases (and this years’ January haul) or are just in one of those god-awful reading slumps here’s a few things that might get you hyped up all over again. (1) American War By Omar El Akkad (April 4th) Akkad’s first novel is a much-anticipated dystopian Sci-fi which should…

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote: Review

Something a bit different today, my first encounter with the ‘true-crime’ genre. I read this one as the result of a conversation I had with a lecturer about Harper Lee and Truman Capote’s relationship with one another and the pair have fascinated me ever since.  Title: In Cold Blood Author: Truman Capote Date published: January 1966 Pages:  Goodreads summary: On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that…

What to do after finishing ‘Allegiant’ *Spoilers throughout*

Okay, I’m a little (very) late on the bandwagon with this one. However, having finished Veronica Roth’s third addition to the Divergent trilogy I DID NOT expect to be googling “What to do after finishing Allegiant” and crying snotty tears into my Lady and the Tramp pyjamas at four in the morning hoping that the four stages of grief would pass by without incident. Ordinarily I would take that ‘four’ and pun the absolute be-jesus out of it but given that I’m grieving I don’t think I can muster my usual hilarity. *Serious Spoiler Warning now guys – I cannot be any clearer* Now, I wasn’t in love with Tris as a character…

Eon by Alison Goodman: Review

I’ve had such proclivity for books with oriental motifs over the last year; I have no idea where it’s come from! Eon is set in a fictional quasi-oriental universe and tells the story of a 12-year-old crippled boy in training to become a dragoneye apprentice. Except he is actually a 16-year-old she, and that dragoneye business I mentioned just now? It’s actually a lot more dangerous than you’d think… Title: Eon Author: Alison Goodman Date published: August 1, 2008 Pages: 531  Amazon blurb:Twelve-year old Eon has been studying the ancient art of the Dragoneyes for two years. But he is playing a dangerous game…

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

So I’ve just started reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – number 7 of 339 books on on Rory Gilmore’s reading list (and I recently discovered I had only read 38 of them. That’s a score of 11%  and well below average.) It’s shameful really – how on earth can I consider myself well-read if I count The Very Hungry Caterpillar among my top ten reads of all time?! Okay maybe I gave it a three out of five, but still, not exactly mind altering stuff is it? I found out about the reading challenge, as per, through the reading community on my Instagram feed. In short, it lists all the…

Books on the move: 5 tools for managing bookish cravings whilst travelling

If you’re like me and suffer the constant struggle between reading and exploring, or are considering the latter and worrying about the former there’s a few logistical obstacles you may need to overcome. Thankfully, in the age of technology, it is doable. In fact, it’s almost easy now, as long as you know the basics.  I’ve recently relocated to Canada with plans to travel all over the continent and have been putting a few reading tools into practice. Here’s a quick list of the five I found the most  helpful throughout… [1] E-readers: Now, there’s a lot of controversy surrounding the old ‘e-reader&#8217…