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Review: A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E Schwab

This book opens with Kell. A mystical Antari with unfathomable magical powers and the ability to travel between worlds. Despite all of his power, he is owned by the King and Queen of Red London. His memories of an earlier life have been erased and he acts as a royal messenger between three parallel Londons. One… Continue reading Review: A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E Schwab

Life · Me · New Year

Opinion: Happy Resolutions

It’s that time again, when we make irrational promises to better ourselves. Everyone knows they will have gone to the dogs by Easter. I’ve made a few in my time, stop using boredom as an excuse for Tequila, eat a lettuce leaf, blog everyday. I would love to say I believe making resolutions is a… Continue reading Opinion: Happy Resolutions

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Review: The Black Cat – Edgar Allan Poe

Halloween is drawing near, spooky costumes, ghoulish parties and for those with tiny humans maybe a touch of trick or treating. It seemed only fitting that I write about some literature that’s in-keeping with the traditions of all hallows eve. I considered Dracula, Frankenstein and Jekyll and Hyde, but do the originals still have the… Continue reading Review: The Black Cat – Edgar Allan Poe

Depression · Diary · Journaling · Life · Stress · Writing

Opinion: The Humble Pen and Paper, a Solution for Mental Health?

Write as much as you can, as often as you can and carry a notebook. This is creative writing 101. If you want to be a better writer, you have to practice your craft. You also have to be ready to document the intricate movements of human life. A snippet of conversation, a curious sign… Continue reading Opinion: The Humble Pen and Paper, a Solution for Mental Health?

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Opinion: Understanding Terrorism Through Literature

I feel heartbroken today on the 11th of September. It’s not a heartbreak that belongs to me. It’s one for the families of those who died and for the survivors and rescuers who witnessed the horror. I was reading an article earlier that talked about explaining to children what happened when the Twin Towers collapsed. I hadn’t given thought to the… Continue reading Opinion: Understanding Terrorism Through Literature

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Opinion: Are Our Schools Inspiring Young Readers?

  Summer is over! Put down that ice cream! Put on your wooly jumper! With the start of September the floodgates of anxiety burst forth for thousands of teachers all over the world. Did the students perform well? Is there anything more they could have done? Will they return to a mountain of letters from… Continue reading Opinion: Are Our Schools Inspiring Young Readers?

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Opinion: Books to Dispel a Reading Rut

I power through books week in week out without really coming up for air, or sleep. Yet, even with my worrying obsession with consuming all of the literature I do have days when I just can’t get started. Thus begins the dreaded reading slump that has been known to last for weeks (sometimes years!) If… Continue reading Opinion: Books to Dispel a Reading Rut