March: What I Read

In March, I managed to read a couple of books. Lucky of me, I enjoyed them all! Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen Not my favourite Austen novel, but certainly interesting enough to remember. The themes of betrayal, friendship and heroism stick with you. I love Austen’s ability to mock the gothic style. It’s witty, clever […]

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The Art of Non-Fiction

I haven’t read a non-fiction book for years, so imagine my shock when I kept seeing posts on Twitter and YouTube, advising readers to read non-fiction. At first, I was defensive. I love fiction, and I hate to see misconceptions spread about it. However, I can’t deny that those who advocate for non-fiction reading have […]

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Writing Advice I’ll Never Forget

I am not a perfect writer. I make errors that could have been avoided, I sometimes resort to cliches and bad analogies, I am not the best editor and my writing doesn’t always have the best flow. But perfection isn’t something you are, it’s something you become. It takes mastery and dedication to master the […]

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Reading Tips That Work

Have you ever been in a reading slump? When reading novels is not involved in your daily routine, and you start to get annoyed at this process. As a ‘reading slump’ develops over a couple of weeks, you notice the absense of novels in your life. Sometimes it upsets you, or other times it just […]

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Four Dangerous Books

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. Oscar Wilde Is there anything like the book that causes debate and outcry? “Dangerous Books” refers to the fictional works of literature that startle and confront us. They are necessary, because without challenging books, literature would be dull. So […]

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Writers And Fandom Entitlement

Writers, who are often underpaid and overworked, are under no obligation to do anything in their literature. They don’t have to include racial or sexual diversity, they don’t have to ask for permission to include graphic content such as sexual violence, they don’t have to hold opinions deemed ‘politically correct’ and most importantly: they don’t […]

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Four Books To Read In April

With April around the corner, I’ve decided to list books that I have not yet read. These books span different eras and genres, but interest me for a variety of reasons. As an aspiring novelist, I’m always on the lookout for challenging books that are compelling and brilliant. You know, the sort of novel that […]

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In Defense Of Power: A Response To Kit Harington

The best people to have power are the ones who don’t want it.  Kit Harington, actor in HBO’s Game Of Thrones The fantasy genre, at least in the West, has an uneasy relationship with ‘power’. We don’t have to look further than Tolkien- who has Thorin Oakenshield declare to Bilbo: If more of us valued food and […]

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Classical Genre Fiction

This short and sweet post will examine classical fiction through the eyes of genre. As I have no tolerance for snobbery, the point of this post is to celebrate exciting variations of fiction. Enjoy!

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