Summer Holiday Book Recommendations

A warm summer day, a cold drink and a good book: do I need to say any more? If you’re still compiling your summer holiday reading list, make sure to add these amazing titles.

Wooing, Wedding, Happy Ending: Shakespeare’s Comedies

Happy Birthday, Shakespeare! Today is all about remembering the timeless quality of the Bard’s craft–from his tragedies and histories to his comedies and poems. Personally, I love reading Shakespeare’s comedies. Not only are they playful and funny, but they are also timeless in their exploration of human emotions, social conflicts and gender fluidity. You can … Continue reading Wooing, Wedding, Happy Ending: Shakespeare’s Comedies

Why Read Nonfiction?

There’s nothing more comforting than escaping into fiction. But nonfiction can be as captivating, fascinating and dramatic as stories of make-believe. From biographies to history books — the best nonfiction books draw you into their worlds, broaden your horizon and offer fresh perspectives on the world we live in. Get to Know Fascinating People What … Continue reading Why Read Nonfiction?

Reviewing a Review: The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green

The Anthropocene (loosely translated as the “Age of Man”) is the proposed geologic age in which humans have profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. Especially in the past 50 years, a period known as the Great Acceleration, the world has undergone rapid changes — for the better and the worse. While the Anthropocene is … Continue reading Reviewing a Review: The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green

Holiday Season Book Recommendations

The holiday season is just around the corner! If you’re still looking for books to gift to family and friends or add to your own holiday reading list, make sure to check out these amazing stories. From comedy and nonfiction to sci-fi, here’s a must-read list of books for every type of reader. Comedy/ Crime: … Continue reading Holiday Season Book Recommendations

“A repeating world–same old story:” The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson

What if we found another planet–pristine and habitable, like our own, before we took it to the edge of destruction? Would we start all over again or repeat the same mistakes? In The Stone Gods, Jeanette Winterson takes us on an imaginary journey to find the answer. The Stone Gods is comprised of three different … Continue reading “A repeating world–same old story:” The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson

How to Write an Engaging Book Review

If you’re an avid reader, writing book reviews is a wonderful way to discuss your reading experience with a larger audience. Whether this is on Goodreads, Instagram or your book blog, many platforms allow you to share your thoughts and discuss them with others. If you’ve ever written (or attempted to write) a book review … Continue reading How to Write an Engaging Book Review

Fall Book Recommendations

Fall is reading season! As the days grow shorter and it gets colder, there’s nothing more comforting than a warm drink, a cosy blanket and a good book. If you’re still thinking about which books to add to your fall TBR, I’ve collected a few of my recent favourites you shouldn’t miss out on during this reading season. … Continue reading Fall Book Recommendations

Why You Should Read Short Stories

What do the movies The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Minority Report have in common? Right, they’re both based on short stories! Frequently overlooked, short stories come in all shapes and forms. They can be serious or funny, realistic or symbolic, timeless or timely. Just as there are all kinds of different novels, there’s … Continue reading Why You Should Read Short Stories

Seeing Humanity Through a Robot’s Eyes: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Klara and the Sun has been among the most anticipated releases of this year. For those of you who know the novel’s author, this hardly comes as a surprise. Winner of the Booker Prize and the Nobel Prize in Literature, Kazuo Ishiguro is among the most gifted authors of this century. Set in the near-distant … Continue reading Seeing Humanity Through a Robot’s Eyes: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

How to Read Shakespeare

Happy birthday Shakespeare! If you were, like me, fortunate enough to study his plays with a good uni professor, you probably understand why he’s such a revered writer still today. If you read his plays for the first and last time in high school with a teacher who was more than happy to move on … Continue reading How to Read Shakespeare

From Brexit to “BrexLit”: Representing Brexit in Literature

Ever since Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, Brexit has been the number one subject in British politics and media. It’s dominated political debates, it’s been all over the news and it trended repeatedly on social media. It’s also found its way into literature and film. Authors have begun to use stories to reflect on the … Continue reading From Brexit to “BrexLit”: Representing Brexit in Literature

Why Do We Need Fiction?

Fictional stories have been central to human life for thousands of years. Yet, when it comes to fiction, you often hear phrases like “but it’s only fiction,” or “it ain’t real.” The implicit meaning behind such phrases is that fiction is somehow less valuable than non-fiction; that it’s far removed from the real world and … Continue reading Why Do We Need Fiction?

Slavery and the Power of Memory in The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

What if memories had the power to transport enslaved people to freedom? In his debut novel, The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates experiments with this idea of memory as a superpower. Blending historical fiction and magical realism, Coates’s novel prompts us to rethink the institution of slavery and its enduring legacies. Set largely in the antebellum South, … Continue reading Slavery and the Power of Memory in The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

What Makes a Classic?

I guess we all have a vague notion of what a classic is. When I hear the word, I think of an excellent piece of literature that has stood the test of time. I think of Austen, Dickens, Shakespeare, Woolf, or Brontë. But what precisely makes the works of these authors to classics? What actually … Continue reading What Makes a Classic?

“We Are All Migrants Through Time”: Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West

What image comes to mind when you hear the word ‘migrants’? People jammed together on small boats or crawling underneath barbed wire fences? It’s no surprise that this is what immediately pops into most people’s head. Mainstream media is full of such images. And it is precisely this picture that Mohsin Hamid tries to revise … Continue reading “We Are All Migrants Through Time”: Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West

Why You Should Read Science Fiction

“I turned on the news. The minor epidemic they’d been talking about earlier wasn’t behaving in the usual way—a local outbreak, one they could contain. Now it was an emergency. They showed a map of the world, with the hotspots lightning up in red—Brazil, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Bombay, Paris, Berlin … The news jockeys were … Continue reading Why You Should Read Science Fiction

Celebrating Shakespeare’s Heroines

Today marks the 456th birthday of William Shakespeare and the 404th anniversary of his death–For Shakespeare was born and died, supposedly, on the same day: April 23. Either way, today is all about remembering Shakespeare’s genius. For some, it rests in his play’s timeless appeal, for others in their complex language or insightful themes. If … Continue reading Celebrating Shakespeare’s Heroines

Why You Should Read

Most of modern life takes place onscreen. Every day, we check our phones, watch TV, browse online, or share our day on social media. It seems like books have faded into the background. Why read in a world that has become so visual? Let me tell you! 1. Reading Makes You a Better Writer! Not … Continue reading Why You Should Read

5 Must-Read Literary Classics

Let’s be honest, classics don’t enjoy the best reputation. Most people think they’re boring, outdated, or difficult to understand. Back in high school, I wasn’t the biggest fan of classics either. I always wondered why we had to read such ‘old’ books, why we couldn’t just read something more contemporary. However, the older I get, … Continue reading 5 Must-Read Literary Classics

Who Was William Shakespeare?

Who was William Shakespeare? Most people would probably answer this question with: “a writer,” or a “dramatist.” But what do you actually know about the man William Shakespeare? For example, when did he live? Where did he grow up? Did he have a wife and children? If you don’t already know the answer to these … Continue reading Who Was William Shakespeare?

Who’s Afraid of Shakespeare?

Do you remember the first time you read Shakespeare? I remember it well. It was at my German high school and we read Othello. I don’t know about you, but for me it was a rather unpleasant experience. I didn’t understand the language (made it not easier that English isn’t my first language), so I … Continue reading Who’s Afraid of Shakespeare?

The Story Behind Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

157 years ago today, one of the greatest children’s stories of all time was born: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. On July 4th, 1862, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson and his friend Reverend Robinson Duckworth took the three little Liddell sisters (no pun intended)—Edith, Alice and Lorina—on a rowing expedition up the Thames. According to Alice’s diary, it … Continue reading The Story Behind Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll