Friday, 28 December 2018


A roundup of books I read in December and what I thought about them:

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
'At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate; this far from civilization the boys can do anything they want. Anything. They attempt to forge their own society, failing, however, in the face of terror, sin and evil. And as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far from reality as the hope of being rescued. Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies is perhaps our most memorable tale about “the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart.”'

“Maybe there is a beast… maybe it's only us.”

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Things I learned in the Night by Emily Byrnes*

Things I Learned in the Night is a beautifully illustrated poetry collection and a tribute to young love in a society that so often tries to invalidate it. Many of the poems in this book are exquisitely woven with nature imagery; a subtle reminder that through our struggles and joys we must all remember to take deep breaths and run in the rain every now and then. '

What a lovely little book, what a beautiful collection of poems. 

Saturday, 1 December 2018


A roundup of books I read in November and what I thought about them:

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
'When an alien capsule lands on Horsell Common, Woking, crowds of astonished onlookers gather. But wonder soon turns to terror when the Martians emerge. Armed with deadly heat rays, the aliens begin their conquest of earth. Confronted by powers beyond our control, a technology far in advance of our own, and a race of alien invaders which regard us as no more than ants, humankind faces extinction.

While the world crumbles under the shadow of the Martian menace, one man sets out alone across the desolate wasteland to find his wife. . .'

I absolutely loved this book, I found it both terrifying and impossible to put down, I swear at some points I actually held my breath it was so full of suspense. 'The War of the Worlds' has always creeped me out in film style, the sirens and the height of the tripods, I'm creeped out just imagining the sound now! I assumed the book would send shivers down my spine too, boy was I right. If you haven't read this and you enjoyed the film(s), I highly recommend that you give it a read! If you haven't watched it then I recommend you give it a read anyway, the book is so much better than the film in my opinion. I, of course, gave this 5/5 stars on GR.

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