A dive into Dark Academia

Sometimes, it feels like the books you read choose you.

Recently, I’ve been drawn to books set in schools or universities; one of my favourite books is The Secret History, so I’ve been looking for any reading which shares its Dark Academia aesthetic.

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Book review: A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie

Joe Abercrombie’s A Little Hatred – the first in a new series set in the same world as the ‘The First Law‘ trilogy – is filled with memorable but flawed characters, sharp plotting, and humour as dry and as brittle as a charred bone.

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2021 New Year round-up

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A belated Happy New Year to you! To be fair, the new year doesn’t feel that different to the old one, but I hope all is going well for you so far.

Last week, I posted a personal review of 2020; as you can probably guess, many of my plans for last year went out the window! Most of my energy last year was spent maintaining an even keel instead of trying anything new, but I was pleased with what I did achieve. Today’s post is about books, reading, and writing.

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Review of my 2020

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How was 2020 for you? I think it’s safe to say it didn’t work out in the way most of us were expecting; at times, it’s been frustrating, exhausting, and sometimes downright depressing, but 2020 wasn’t a complete disaster as there was still plenty to be cheerful about. Last year, I wrote about what I had achieved in 2019; here is an entirely personal follow-up review of 2020, emphasizing what I’ve enjoyed doing this year.

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Autumn catch-up and reading list

How are you doing? It’s been about three months since I last wrote a catch-up post – in that time, I’ve started a new job, gone on holiday to Devon, and read several books (although not as many as I hoped).

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Book review: Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Photo of Bring Up the Bodies novel by Hilary Mantel

Bring Up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel’s second instalment in her compelling trilogy about the rise and fall of Henry VIII’s fixer Thomas Cromwell – is a richly detailed and vibrant read, packed with intrigue and poisonous politics.

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August catch-up

It’s mid-August already! Anyone else wondering where the year’s gone? In a few weeks time, summer will be over, but at least I’m working through my booklist.

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Book review: I am, I am, I am by Maggie O’Farrell

Maggie O’Farrell’s I am, I am, I am is a ‘memoir with a difference’, which maps the author’s life in vividly-written chapters about ‘near-death’ experiences. Taking its name from a Sylvia Plath quote, this book is an honest and thought-provoking work, and despite the serious nature of the material, is proudly life-affirming too.

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June catch-up

And it’s almost the end of June already! Sometimes, it seems as if the last three months have gone so slowly, but simultaneously, it’s all been a bit of a blur (a contradiction, but I think you probably understand what I mean). Although lockdown is gradually easing and a type of ‘normality’ beckons, these strange times continue.

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Book review: Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

dav  Daisy Jones and The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novel about the rise and fall of a fictional rock band in the 1970’s – brims with verve, high drama, and tortured creativity.

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