When I was first diagnosed with blood cancer earlier this year, I struggled to make sense of what was happening. My mind jumped to the few stories I'd read about cancer. The problem is I hadn't been exposed to a wide narrative.
I've taken a long blogging hiatus because of illness, which I will go into in another blog post. For now, I'll take you through some books that have really soothed me this past year and have made the perfect books to read before bed. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han After … Continue reading Four Books To Soothe Your Soul
I know I'm not alone in finding it difficult to let go. Whether it's letting go of the past, a person or a place a lot of these feelings can manifest in our possessions, making it hard to let go of physical items. I kept a holey, shrunken dress for years just because I wore it … Continue reading When to let go: using possessions to create character.
As I've not been updating this blog lately, I have lots of books (and thoughts) I'm dying to share. For now, here's a quick overview of my current reads. I have three good books on the go right now, so let's dive in... Hot Milk by Deborah Levy This one had been on my radar … Continue reading April Reads: Fantasy, Realism and Some Poetry
I see a lot of book blogs and YouTube videos about TBR (To Be Read) lists. And, whilst I enjoy reading and watching them, I don't tend to make TBRs myself. I'm someone who puts a lot of pressure on myself and can fall into the trap of measuring my value by my productivity. And … Continue reading Why my TBR is chill
January has been a good reading month. Let's delve straight in to the book reviews. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier Since becoming fascinated by Hitchcock's 1940 film adaptation of Rebecca, I've always meant to get around to reading the novel. And it did not disappoint. The sea, a mysterious dead wife, mad people and Maxim's … Continue reading January Wrap Up: Gothic, Poetry and Self Help
When I moved to Devon in September 2016 to start my Creative Writing MA at Exeter University, one of the things I was most looking forward to was living near the sea. The sea is a huge source of inspiration for me. In fact, looking back at all my writing projects, I'm unsure if it … Continue reading My Exeter Bucket List
Debating "what makes a writer?" and "who is allowed to call themselves a writer?" used to take up a fair bit of my time. I loved to write, had been writing for years and daydreamed about publication. But I didn't feel like a writer. The vocation felt distant, far away. Today, things are a lot simpler. … Continue reading What Makes A Writer?