June Wrap Up: 100 Days of Lockdown & A Mega Wrap Up

The last week of June marked 100 days of lockdown in the UK. My work isn't due to open our offices until September and cautiously at that. Though I am definitely more on the hermit side of the scale, cabin fever has definitely set in and I look forward to a change of scenery in [...]

Spoiler-Free: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is No Hunger Games

Spoiler-Free: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is No Hunger Games

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes | Suzanne Collines ★★★ The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is told through the third-person perspective of Coriolanus Snow whose once-rich family has been devastated due to the war between the Capitol and the Rebels. Ten years after victory, his family are living in relative poverty and their only [...]

Rereading Harry Potter | The Philosopher’s Stone: ‘Harry – yer a wizard’

Rereading Harry Potter | The Philosopher’s Stone: ‘Harry – yer a wizard’

I reread Harry Potter a few months ago and I have finally gotten round to writing down my thoughts. It's been about 10 years since I read the series last Rereading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is an experience that is much like finding an old, comfortable chair to sit in. Although not my introduction [...]

Normal People Delves into the Uncertainty of Youth

Normal People Delves into the Uncertainty of Youth

Feels like the right time to reshare my thoughts on Normal People (the book!) – check it out, give it some love, let me know what you thought!

Normal People | Sally Rooney

★★★

Connell wished he knew how other people conducted their private lives, so that he could copy by example.

Normal People follows two Irish teenagers, Marianne and Connell, who belong to different worlds. Marianne is the rich, intelligent outcast who no one speaks to and Connell, whose mother cleans Marianne’s home, is the nice, popular boy who has turned out well despite being raised by a single mother. The book begins with a conversation between the pair that leads to a relationship that is many things – one of friendship, one of lust, one of love – and one they keep coming back to.

This is not a book I would normally pick up; it is a contemporary romance wrapped around a bildungsroman and pretty much none of that is my jam. But this was a birthday present and apparently if you literally put a…

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