“The Little Friend” by Donna Tartt: storyteller of a generation
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“The Little Friend” by Donna Tartt: storyteller of a generation


I first found Donna Tartt’s writing through her 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Goldfinch. I was completely blown away by her storytelling and character building that I went out and purchased her other two novels The Little Friend and The Secret History. I have not been let down by her writing and feel myself … Continue reading

Escapism in Ottessa Moshfegh’s “My Year of Rest and Relaxation”
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Escapism in Ottessa Moshfegh’s “My Year of Rest and Relaxation”


“Who hasn’t—sometime—wanted to escape? But from what? To where? And once we have arrived at the good place, is this the end of the desire to move? Or does it stir again, tempted by another image […]” p xi. Tuan,Yi-Fu Escapism. Yi-Fu Tuan describes the universal nature of our desire to escape in his geographical … Continue reading

25 years since Jeffrey Eugenides’ debut novel: “The Virgin Suicides”
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25 years since Jeffrey Eugenides’ debut novel: “The Virgin Suicides”


TRIGGER WARNING: This review deals with death by suicide. The Virgin Suicides were first published in 1993 and it was Jeffrey Eugenides’ breakout debut novel. It was received with critical acclaim and some reviewers at the time called his novel a modern Greek tragedy. It has captured readers since its release and was turned into … Continue reading

Walking and Grief: a review of Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail”
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Walking and Grief: a review of Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail”


Cheryl Strayed is 22 when her mother dies rather suddenly of lung cancer. After losing the glue that held her family and life together, Cheryl starts to spiral. She is lost and hurt and in being so, hurts and loses people around her. She cheats on her husband, takes up a brief heroin addiction, divorces … Continue reading

“Tricky Twenty-Two”: the latest Plum installment from Janet Evanovich
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“Tricky Twenty-Two”: the latest Plum installment from Janet Evanovich


The latest Stephanie Plum book, “Tricky Twenty-Two” was released in November this year. I’ve been following the series since book number one, “One For The Money” and every November, which is usually the release month for the Plum series, is like a Crime Fiction Christmas. And so here we are again with another review of … Continue reading

Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar” still speaks to the modern struggles of academia and the pressures to succeed
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Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar” still speaks to the modern struggles of academia and the pressures to succeed


I recently re-read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. The book has been a favourite of mine, but this time around I really felt the book spoke to me in a way. Academia and I have a complicated relationship. I love to study and learn, and I also love to share that knowledge with fellow … Continue reading

A Review of the Third Book in the All Souls Trilogy: “The Book of Life”
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A Review of the Third Book in the All Souls Trilogy: “The Book of Life”


I felt relief when I saw that this book was coming out this Summer. I have started many a trilogy/series where I have waited, painstakingly, as the years go by and still no new release (George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss, I’m looking at you both!). Deborah Harkness, thankfully, did not put me through such … Continue reading

Five Fun facts about “The Grapes of Wrath”…
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Five Fun facts about “The Grapes of Wrath”…


I did some digging around and found out some interesting facts about Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath… 1. Steinbeck’s novel was banned in Kansas for indecent content. It was also banned in Kern County, California, a place actually referenced by Steinbeck in the book. Some Kern residents didn’t feel that they were portrayed in the … Continue reading