“True Friends” by Patti Miller: what does it mean to write a memoir about friendships lost and found?
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“True Friends” by Patti Miller: what does it mean to write a memoir about friendships lost and found?

I think everyone experiences the loss of a friendship at some stage in their life, sometimes multiple friendships and the reasons for these losses are vast, complex, and sometimes confusing. It can be as simple as a friend moving to a different state and losing touch. It can be from a fight. And it can also be a slow unwinding that can be anything from ghosting to drifting apart. We have a lot of words to describe romantic love and breakups – we have song after poem, after novel after film about romantic love. Although very little about friendships. Continue reading

“Pride & Prejudice & Passports”: a review of Corrie Garrett’s immigrant retelling of Jane Austen’s classic
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“Pride & Prejudice & Passports”: a review of Corrie Garrett’s immigrant retelling of Jane Austen’s classic

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. I’ve read some modern re-tellings of classics that have just fallen flat. Sometimes classics are named classics because they are indeed just that: stories that transcend time. They shape our culture and … Continue reading

Millennials and Money: a review of Sally Rooney’s “Conversations With Friends”
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Millennials and Money: a review of Sally Rooney’s “Conversations With Friends”

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. Conversations With Friends was Sally Rooney’s debut novel published in 2017. Set in Ireland, the story follows the closely-knit and complicated relationships of Frances and Bobbi, who are both university students in … Continue reading

A Review of “Happy Never After”: owning our sadness, grief, and all those other uncomfortable things adults never talk about
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A Review of “Happy Never After”: owning our sadness, grief, and all those other uncomfortable things adults never talk about

I am frustrated today. Honestly, the day could not have felt more shitty if it tried. Sure, there were lots of okay things that happened, but my general mood has oscillated between “Fuck this” and verging on tears. I am currently looking for work, an arduous task done in silence and solitude because heaven forbid … Continue reading

Kristin Hannah’s “The Great Alone”: A Review
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Kristin Hannah’s “The Great Alone”: A Review

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. As Winter slowly but surely approaches the Northern Hemisphere, I felt that a book on Alaska would help me get into the mood of all things cold and frosty. As an Australian, … 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. Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. The Virgin Suicides were first published in 1993 and it was Jeffrey Eugenides’ breakout debut novel. It was received with critical acclaim and … Continue reading

“Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?”: a review of Holly Bourne’s novel
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“Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?”: a review of Holly Bourne’s novel

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. Writing about mental health and getting it right is tough. Writers need to understand and articulate what mentally ill people are feeling and it cannot read like a cliche. Readers, whether they … Continue reading

Eating Animals: a review of “Killing It” by Camas Davis
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Eating Animals: a review of “Killing It” by Camas Davis

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. In the world of food I often feel like there is very little compromise. There is a big divide, which is social, cultural, and moral that forces people to make ultimatums between … Continue reading

Bloggers in a Barrel
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Bloggers in a Barrel

The concept of ‘crabs in a barrel’ comes from fishing for crabs. The crabs are caught and placed in buckets, or barrels, for transport and storage. The crabs begin to fight their way to the top in an attempt to escape and they begin hurting each other in the process. Its probably triggered from a … Continue reading

Blogging Rituals, Habits, and Routines: are they important?
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Blogging Rituals, Habits, and Routines: are they important?

This year feels a lot like swings and roundabouts when it comes to how things are going in my life. There are moments where I hold my breath and think to myself, “Things could finally be working out” and then the universe steps in with an industrial-sized frying pan and hits me in the face. … Continue reading