Reading Skills: How to Read Efficiently

Regardless of whether you're studying literature or law, university study involves a lot of reading. Especially as a new student, the amount of reading you're required to do can be quite daunting. Because you simply don’t have the time to re-read every text 10 times, one of the first things you need to learn is … Continue reading Reading Skills: How to Read Efficiently

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?

Performing Race in Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half

Since its release in 2020, Brit Bennett's The Vanishing Half has been all over my social media feeds. It debuted at number one on The New York Times fiction best-seller list, was longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction, and won the Goodreads choice award in best historical fiction. To find out if it … Continue reading Performing Race in Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half

Slavery and the Power of Memory in The Water Dancer

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

7 Ways to Get Yourself Out of a Reading Slump

Let's face it, reading slumps are a reader's worst nightmare. No matter how hard you try, you can't read. It's just utterly frustrating. But the good news is: reading slumps don't last forever. There are ways out of the rut. Here are some of the ways that will (hopefully) help you reignite your passion for reading: 1. Start … Continue reading 7 Ways to Get Yourself Out of a Reading Slump