Men Without Women – Haruki Murakami

I was privileged enough to receive ‘Men Without Women’ as an un-autocorrected proof from the publishers Harvill Secker and I couldn’t have been happier to be able to read this before the official publication date. This was the first Murakami that I have ever read but I’ve heard many good things about this author so I…

The Raqqa Diaries: Escape From ‘Islamic State’ by Samer

It is very rare that a person comes across a book that surprises and makes them lose their words. This book did that for me. A number people I know who have read it also experienced the same thing. In summary, Samer the writer is a 24 year old male university student originally from Raqqa…

Happy Mum, Happy Baby – Giovanna Fletcher

This is not a book or biography that I would usually go for so I honestly have nothing to compare it to. I’ve never read a pregnancy and childcare book nor have I read a woman’s biography on their adventures in motherhood. I’m open to everything. I’ve had a love for the Fletcher family ever…

The Bricks That Built The Houses – Kate Tempest

After reading around for some decent reviews that truly justify this novel, I felt it was only right for me to share my insight into the unknown wonders of Tempest’s debut novel. I had heard of Kate Tempest before but hadn’t taken that much notice of her, in all honesty, I wasn’t sure what the…

And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie

After watching the BBC adaptation of Agatha Christie’s popular book ‘And Then There Were None’ and thinking it was so cleverly put together and not quite believing the murderer once they revealed themselves; it became the first Agatha Christie I would ever read. I never forgot the impact and terror that as I watched it…

Eyebrow Threading

I’ve never had my eyebrows done, ever. My eyebrows were a mess. I was too lazy and didn’t want to put myself through the unnecessary pain using useless Superdrug eyebrow waxing strips and plucking them. So this blog post is dedicated to all those that have no idea how much threading hurts and what to expect….

Settling in to Semester 2

It’s currently week 3 of the second and last semester. 10 weeks and counting left plus the Easter holiday in between. There’s still so much left to get done whilst in Oxford before I leave this year behind and get ready to start my summer holidays. Finally I’ll be able to relax without feeling guilty…

La La Land

Returning uni next week means I miss my only sister’s 13th birthday and because it’s a pretty big thing turning a teenager, I felt it was only right that we should do something more grown up and independent; whilst still maintaining that element of fun that you never want to lose. As much as she…

Homesickness at university

Homesickness is the what I have struggled with most since moving to university. It is something that I battle daily and is not something I’m ashamed of and that’s why I feel like sharing my experience and how I cope with it. I’ve moved 80 miles away from my very small hometown of Salisbury to…

Fresher’s Week

Everyone says Fresher’s Week will be the best time of your life and you will form friendships that will last you a lifetime but it has become common knowledge that these friendships will come about because you have been out socialising with the use of confidence creating alcohol and going to clubs in the town/city…

Self-value & Self-worth

Self image and self worth are becoming increasingly important more and more in the Internet day and age, where we are all consumed with social media and the popularity of certain celebrities. Adults and children, especially, value themselves based on likes and comments on photos not necessarily of themselves but also their surroundings, passions, interests…

Never talk about religion and politics

Never talk about politics or religion as I found out today. It’s not that they’re inappropriate; it’s just that they’re very debatable topics. Don’t get me wrong they do make the most interesting of conversations, however because of the range of opinions that it harbours it means that it is extremely unlikely that you will…