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 [...]

The Hunger Games Holds Up to a Reread

The Hunger Games Holds Up to a Reread

In preparation for The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the prequel to The Hunger Games, I reread the entire trilogy. It's been ~10 years since I first read the books and readers, The Hunger Games holds up to a reread. Here are some thoughts following the reread. *Spoilers aplenty* The Hunger Games & YA Dystopia [...]

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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Doctor Who Reviewed | 12.9 & 12.10 Ascension of the Cybermen/The Timeless Children

Doctor Who Reviewed | 12.9 & 12.10 Ascension of the Cybermen/The Timeless Children

~Spoilers ahead! ~ 12.9 & 12.10 Ascension of the Cybermen/The Timeless Children - Chris Chibnall Story & Review I usually consider two-parters as one story - I was waiting for The Timeless Children to air before writing my thoughts down but this felt like two distinct episodes that were conveniently connected by their ending. Ascension [...]

Doctor Who Reviewed | 12.8 The Haunting of Villa Diodati

Doctor Who Reviewed | 12.8 The Haunting of Villa Diodati

~Spoilers ahead! ~ 12.8 The Haunting of Villa Diodati - Maxine Alderton Story & Review After last week's frustrations, I was ready for this episode to start off promising and to fail in its latter half, reflecting most of the Chibnall-era episodes. I was surprised to find that it was the opposite and I enjoyed [...]