Rebecca – A Review

For my Gothic and Horror module, we were instructed to read Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca, which at the time did not really make much of an impression on me because, despite its popularity, I’d never heard of the title or the author. But I am so so glad I did read it, because it turns out I have a love for this book and for Du Maurier’s writing style that I would have never discovered without the reading being a requirement for my course.  I’ve had to read a variety of novels, short stories and poems for this module, and most of … Continue reading Rebecca – A Review

My Flash Fictions Pt.3

They had to work together, so they would need to at least try to get along. And so they did, smoothly, impressively. It was with one single synchronised motion that they leaped over the thorns of the brambles, ducked the fireballs, and dodged the sweeping wings of the dragon. In the red heat and glow of the fire they could see the dragon’s green scales ignite with fury, bristling with malevolence from a mixture of the bracing winds and the dragon’s own inflamed temper. Without warning, with a sudden exhalation, the dragon expelled fireball after fireball, each one bigger than … Continue reading My Flash Fictions Pt.3

Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

I saw this book tag on a blog (unfortunately I’m not sure which one) a while ago, and as someone who enjoys spending a lot of time thinking about potential zombie apocalypses (and how much I would suck at surviving in one), I thought it would be fun to do this tag.  The idea is finding ten random book characters who would make up part of your team in a zombie apocalypse. The rules can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O92bkEJrUMc , but as a basic summary you need to choose 5 of your favourite books and randomly select 2 names from each, … Continue reading Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

Books I Want To Read over the Summer

Summer is that one time of year when I can read what I want, when I want. No deadlines, no essential reading, no pressure. Heaven. And as I’m in a wistful-for-Summer mood, I’ve been making a little list in my head of what books I’ve been planning to read, and knew I needed to write them down before I forgot them (which is definitely inevitable with me). I thought it could be an interesting blog post for people who are stuck for things to read, so if that’s you, keep reading! The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey I’m … Continue reading Books I Want To Read over the Summer

Childhood Books

Recently, I’ve been feeling nostalgic for children’s books. I think the reason for this is because I’ve been craving some light relief from the amount of heavy reading I have to do nowadays, and I want to find solace in books that are generally happy. So, to satisfy this period of sentimentality, I’ve decided to write a small list of the books that I particularly enjoyed as a child/very young teenager.   Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling Of course, I couldn’t talk about my favourite childhood books without mentioning the most iconic book series of all time. No other fantasy … Continue reading Childhood Books

Writing the Unwriteable

As part of my war module at University, we were instructed to read Rena’s Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz. World War II, of course, was a period of devastation, humiliation, and trauma. I have always found it a shocking and fascinating thing to learn about, and it makes me feel unbelievably grateful to be able to have the life that I live. Rena’s Promise is a Holocaust memoir that will not fail to disturb and astonish you, no matter how much you already know about life in the concentration camps. The writing does not hold back with its descriptions of the … Continue reading Writing the Unwriteable

My Flash Fictions Pt.2

As a fun way of a bit of quick writing, I used http://writingexercises.co.uk/firstlinegenerator.php as a tool to prompt my first sentences in the three following flash fictions written by me. Enjoy! ********************************************************************* So far, the disease had cropped up in five different towns. My boyfriend refused to acknowledge it, swiftly changed the subject when it cropped up in chats between friends, changed the channel when it had broadcast on the news on television. While he said with ludicrous confidence that it’d never reach us, I couldn’t help but start to doubt his reasoning. You see, they’d all started to act … Continue reading My Flash Fictions Pt.2