Weekly round-up: podcasts and poets

It’s the end of another week. It's been a week of chaos and, while I often try to keep these posts light hearted, the world's heart is heavy right now and it would be wrong to ignore that. As ever, here are a few things that I’ve been absorbed in over the past five days. I… Continue reading Weekly round-up: podcasts and poets

Signs you’re a literary snob and how to get over it

In life, there are a million ways to become a snob. Simply put, a snob is someone with “an exaggerated respect for high society who seeks to associate with social superiors and looks down on those regarded as socially inferior”. So, if you’re a snob it’s your life's work to become part of a tribe whose tastes are deemed much more sophisticated than others who, by comparison, waste time on way more trivial pursuits.

Review: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Last week, I posted a review of Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, published in 2013. Seven years earlier, Adichie wrote Half of a Yellow Sun, a novel set in the 1960s during the Biafran war. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the end of civil war in Nigeria. Adichie’s novel portrays the experiences of survivors and, through its powerful words, urges the world not to forget the tragic events that led to the surrender of Biafra.

Weekly round-up: reading about lipstick and Barbie dolls

Another week down, and this was a hot one! Without further ado, two articles have captured my attention this week and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them. I’ve always been pretty intrigued by the process of beautification, the representation of women’s bodies through time and society’s narrow definitions of beauty, so these pieces were right up my street. I would LOVE to hear your thoughts in the comments.

10 ways reading can support mental health

This week is mental health awareness week - a campaign that aims to raise awareness of how important good mental wellbeing is for us all. With this year’s theme of “kindness” in mind, I thought I’d share some bookish recommendations and chat about why (for me at least) reading is a great support for my mental health. Of course, it’s not a quick fix or a speedy solution, but I hope it helps in some small way.

Authors I haven’t read yet, but want to

In any given life, there are only so many books that can be read. And, given the slow pace at which I digest novels, I know that it’s inevitable I won’t get through every brilliant book on my never-ending wish list. However, there are some authors that I am desperate to read, but haven’t yet gotten around to. Here’s a short selection of writers that I’m committed to reading this year.