Rating: ❶❷❸❹⑤ I have no idea why I've never read A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness before. Genuinely, no idea. I remember my school library had an illustrated copy that I would occasionally pick up and flick through, admiring the gothic and dramatic pictures. Yet every time I would return the book to the shelf. But finally, FINALLY, … Continue reading A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This week I went to the cinema (like so many others) to see A Star Is Born. I don't think my response was that different to many others: the music was great, Lady Gaga can act, Bradley Cooper can direct, the first act is the best part, etc. Most of the reviews I've read or podcasts I've listened … Continue reading A Star Is Born: And it’s Probably a Guy…
Rating: ❶❷❸❹❺ For Angel and Jimmy their lives revolve around The Ark, a pop-rock boyband who are taking the world by storm. The Ark has given Angel everything she values - her online community, her best friend Juliet, her meaning in life. For Jimmy too, The Ark has given him everything - as their front … Continue reading I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman
Rating: ❶❷❸④⑤ It's taken 27 years since his death from HIV/AIDs in 1991, to make a biopic about Freddie Mercury. While there's been plenty of biographies, documentaries, and gossip about Mercury over the year, there's never been a dramatisation of his life, until now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAH4hFlSwXk Rami Malek stars as Queen's frontman and gives a performance … Continue reading Bohemian Rhapsody: Forget the flaws and enjoy the music.
Rating: ❶❷❸❹⑤ Over the last week, I've been out of lessons with reading week and took the time to get ahead on some of my children's literature. (God, why am I such a nerd?) Anyhow, in preparation for our week studying middle-grade books, I read Starring Kitty by Keris Stainton. As it turns out I had … Continue reading Starring Kitty by Keris Stainton
It's just over a third way into the semester. Formative and summative assessments are upon the horizon, reading week is nearing, and everyone is back into the swing of university life. Coming back was very daunting to me. While studying abroad, I had been told I just have to pass the course and the classes … Continue reading Do British universities need to chill out?
Rating: ❶❷❸❹⑤ Caitlin Moran's How To Build A Girl follows the hilarious adventure of Johanna Morrigan, a teenager in the nineties who is determined to kill herself. Not literally, but metaphorically Johanna wishes to build a new self in the form of Dolly Wilde, a cut-throat, top hat-wearing, music journalist. We follow Johanna on this wild(e) journey … Continue reading How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran
Having A Real Good Time at Madrid's Royal Palace The past ten months have been the best of my life. That seems like a big statement to make, but to me, it's just fact. In February, I moved to Amsterdam for my semester abroad, while I was there I went travelling around Europe (I'm sorry to … Continue reading Healing my Relationship with Reading and Writing
It is a question that mankind has asked itself since, well… 2007, when the Amazon Kindle was first released and sold out within five and a half hours, but which one is really better? E-Readers or physical books? Personally, I love physical books, and so do many others. There is something nostalgic and immersive about … Continue reading Physical Books Vs. E-Readers
Over the six months or so, I've noticed a real change in my listening habits. In fact, if you had asked me what my listening habits were, I would have assumed you were asking me what music I enjoyed listening to. Previously, I had always assumed podcasts were for true crime nerds, journalists who wanted to … Continue reading My 5 Favourite Podcasts