Category: Books

5 Podcasts for Winter Nights

5 Podcasts for Winter Nights

With the nights closing in and the temperature dropping, winter is decidedly on its way. With no Christmas markets or mulled wine in Seoul, I’ve had to rethink how I deal with winter! It is unimaginably cold here, at least compared to a childhood in […]

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

‘And America, too, is a delusion, the grandest one of all. The white race believes- believes with all its heart- that it is their right to take the land. To kill Indians. Make war. Enslave their brothers. This nation shouldn’t exist, if there is any […]

To Kill a Mockingbird Review

To Kill a Mockingbird Review

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is on the most celebrated books of the 20th century. Published in 1960, it has an enduring legacy. It often features on lists of books to read before you die. I have read a ridiculous number of American […]

A Little Life Review

A Little Life Review

Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life was one of the most talked about books of recent years. Published in 2015 it has been both lauded and criticised. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2015. It is rare that a book sparks such strong opinions, so I […]

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières

I bought Captain Corelli’s Mandolin about 4 years ago in a second-hand shop. It then sat on my shelf for years. Something about this book seemed to be worth reading but I wasn’t sure why. I haven’t seen the film but I had a vague impression […]

6 Books to Inspire You to Visit France

6 Books to Inspire You to Visit France

    I have a lot of love for France. From the age of 6, my family would take holidays in Normandy and Brittany. As I grew older, I began to explore cities, such as Nice, Marseilles, and Paris. Most recently, I have fallen in […]

Why Everybody Should Read The Great Gatsby

Why Everybody Should Read The Great Gatsby

 I am a self-confessed F. Scott Fitzgerald fan girl. I have written two dissertations on his work and he would be my topic on Mastermind. I first read The Great Gatsby when I was 16 and it spoke to me a in a way no […]

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt: Review

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt: Review

I feel like The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt was EVERYWHERE a couple of years ago. It seemed to be the only book anybody could talk about. After finishing The Secret History, I was desperate to read another book by Tartt. After seeing it on offer […]

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge

I have always loved reading, but have often struggled to find the time. However, moving to Korea and teaching, I have a lot more free time. Having no telly has also made a massive difference to how productive I am in my free time.   […]

A Secret History by Donna Tartt: Review

A Secret History by Donna Tartt: Review

I would describe myself as a voracious reader and try to read a wide array of books as possible. While I do enjoy non-fiction, fiction will always have heart. I studied literature for 4 years at university so it’s hardly surprising. This year,  I have […]