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Reading Corner: Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre

Dreamsnake: an under-appreciated novel for the ages and quite possibly my new favourite book. As far as I’m concerned, its main flaw is the lack of a sequel. Set far in the future, the events of Dreamsnake occur long after a nuclear war has decimated most of the world. The story is told from the perspective of Snake, a woman who uses modified serpents to heal … Continue reading Reading Corner: Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre

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Reading Corner: American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

Recently, I finished reading American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld, and I never imagined this day would come for two reasons: one, I forgot I had this book, and two it was 640 pages long. Was it worth it? Yes. I think I’m somewhat sentimental about this book because I found it in a little independent bookshop in London. The name of said shop eludes me … Continue reading Reading Corner: American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

Reading Corner: The Poetry of Erin Hanson

I promise I will save you, When you cannot stay afloat, And if your tears can fill an ocean, Then for you I’ll be a boat. ~e.h Poem Source: Tumblr Upon scrolling through Pinterest in 2017, I came across a poem by Erin Hanson. You may have seen her poems on Pinterest or other social media platforms, identifiable by her handle: e.h. The poem stuck … Continue reading Reading Corner: The Poetry of Erin Hanson

Reading Corner: The Chronicles of Narnia – A Children’s Classic to Help Me Through Adulthood

“Isn’t that a children’s book?” If you see a young woman in a café, sipping a latte with her nose in a book, a children’s story may seem an unlikely choice of reading material. And yet, that is exactly what I’ve been doing. The classic The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis is a seven-book series, telling tales of the magical land of Narnia and … Continue reading Reading Corner: The Chronicles of Narnia – A Children’s Classic to Help Me Through Adulthood

Reading Corner: Read-A-Thons

I was stuck in a reading slump lately. Even though exams are long gone, I still want to finish the books that I started during university and never got around to finishing. I was excited to get them over and start with something fresh, but somehow it always takes too long to finish them, and I lose motivation in the process. In one of Ruby Granger’s latest videos, she offered me the solution: dedicating a day to a read-a-thon to re-gain perspective on the beauty of reading. Continue reading Reading Corner: Read-A-Thons

Reading Corner: To Imagination: Reflecting on Emily Brontë’s Poetry

Most of us turn to Wuthering Heights when we think of one of our most esteemed writers – Emily Brontë, and understandably so. Her first and only novel (owing to her premature death), is a work of genius which laces together desire, grief, and the inner workings of the human psyche with the gothic setting of the vast Yorkshire Moors. I first read Wuthering Heights … Continue reading Reading Corner: To Imagination: Reflecting on Emily Brontë’s Poetry

Reading Corner: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

Is it weird to read Love in the Time of Cholera in the middle of a global pandemic? Maybe not, but it is becoming a bit of a cliché. Gabriel García Márquez’s novel has had a resurgence in readership since the start of COVID-19, even inspiring the title of a TV show: Love in the Time of Corona. But is the book a comfort during times of illness, or an exploration of what happens when love goes too far? Continue reading Reading Corner: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

Reading Corner: Daddy by Emma Cline

I’ve found that there is a curse amongst English students. We have chosen to study an activity one usually conducts for pleasure and as a result, too often the joy of reading is drained from us. Just as I am falling into a novel which has sat patiently on my to read pile, I spot The Odyssey or Othello glaring at me, and the guilt of neglecting the reading list for my module pulls the book from my grasp. Continue reading Reading Corner: Daddy by Emma Cline

Reading Corner: Magazines

Having spent the beginning of lockdown blasting my way through novel after novel to occupy my sudden abundance of free time, I’d recently found my attention span gradually waning as the endless hours of isolation wore on. With lockdown boredom making me increasingly fidgety, the focus required to sit down and immerse myself in the depths of a book became harder to grasp. Continue reading Reading Corner: Magazines

Reading Corner: Wilt by Tom Sharpe

Wilt (1976) by Tom Sharpe is probably the funniest book I have ever read. And I’m talking laugh out loud funny. As an English student with months and months of lockdown stretching ahead of me, I probably should have made a list of every great Victorian novel and slowly made my way through them with a sense of dignified purpose and achievement. Obviously, this was not the case and, as my Netflix history will prove, I have spent very little of this holiday actually reading. However, once I picked up Wilt, I forgot all about a fourth binge of the entirety of Community (shocking, I know) and was hooked. Continue reading Reading Corner: Wilt by Tom Sharpe