Sewing My Own Wardrobe (!)

I'm about to embark on an exciting new adventure: sewing all my own clothes for a year! Right now I'm fairly competent at sewing, but I really want to take my skills to the next level, and this will help me get there. I thought I'd start out by setting a few rules: I won't… Continue reading Sewing My Own Wardrobe (!)

‘The Talented Mr Ripley’ by Patricia Highsmith

The Ripley novels are classic thrillers; they follow Tom Ripley, a cold, conscience-less young man, as he advances up the social ladder by any means necessary. The fact that I wasn't emotionally attached to any of the characters didn't stop me from enjoying it and wanting to keep reading, which I think is a good… Continue reading ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’ by Patricia Highsmith

‘Astragal’ by Albertine Sarrazin

I wanted to read Astragal as soon as I saw the blurb- it sounded like my perfect book, particularly as for a while I've been a bit obsessed with all things '60s. Once I found out a bit about Albertine Sarrazin's life, I was even more eager to start it. My edition included an introduction by Patti… Continue reading ‘Astragal’ by Albertine Sarrazin

What I want to be when I grow up

Sometimes it gets very hard to remember that exams and school won't last forever. I think secondary school gave me tunnel vision in regards to the future. Because of how the system is set up all focus is on one month at the end of Year 11, meaning that anything beyond that month becomes mere… Continue reading What I want to be when I grow up

‘Bad Behaviour’ by Mary Gaitskill

Apologies for my long absence- I've been deep in exam season. It's almost over, though, so I should be back to regularly posting soon! In general I avoid reading short stories at all costs- the result of having to study an anthology of them for GCSEs and loathing it- but Bad Behaviour may have changed… Continue reading ‘Bad Behaviour’ by Mary Gaitskill

The Best Unreleased Lana Del Rey

Something a bit different to my normal posts... I am a massive Lana Del Rey fan and whilst I love her official albums, her unreleased stuff deserves just as much recognition. However, finding her unreleased songs online can be a bit of a challenge, so I've created this collection of links to try and make… Continue reading The Best Unreleased Lana Del Rey

‘Like A Velvet Glove Cast In Iron’ by Daniel Clowes

Many of the features I would normally write about in a review don't apply to this book. This is partly because it's a graphic novel and also because it's unlike anything I've ever read before. From the very first page you're plunged into Clowes's seedy and hypnotic world, which I found completely immersive. As the… Continue reading ‘Like A Velvet Glove Cast In Iron’ by Daniel Clowes

‘The Vegetarian’ by Han Kang

Where to start with this book? I'm not sure how I can write a review that will do it justice. The Vegetarian is set in South Korea, and it follows the story of Yeong-hye, a dutiful housewife who adopts a vegetarian diet after she starts to have violent dreams. This decision shocks everyone around her, as in Korea… Continue reading ‘The Vegetarian’ by Han Kang

‘Wind, Pinball’ by Haruki Murakami

Wind, Pinball contains Haruki Murakami's first two novels (Hear The Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973) collected into one volume. They follow an unnamed narrator and his friend, nicknamed the Rat, as they while away time in J's Bar, playing pinball and drinking. These short novels are part of the Trilogy of The Rat- the third one is A Wild Sheep… Continue reading ‘Wind, Pinball’ by Haruki Murakami

‘The Nakano Thrift Shop’ by Hiromi Kawakami

So you may (or may not, I won't be offended) have noticed the lack of a blog post last week. The reason for this is that I was busy trying and failing to read this book, which was an experience similar to wading through treacle, if treacle was boring and tasteless. The Nakano Thrift Shop isn't the… Continue reading ‘The Nakano Thrift Shop’ by Hiromi Kawakami