nineteen books I want to read in twenty nineteen

2018 has been the year of reading. I discovered my taste. Beautiful, brilliant books. Heartbreaking poems and shocking novels. Contemporary as well as some pretty ancient literature. I loved it all. I dived into Shakespeare and Milton and the Romantics and my head spun. Modernism became my calling and I absorbed T.S. Eliot and Katherine… Continue reading nineteen books I want to read in twenty nineteen

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days in cafes 2

My latest cafe trip has been to the wonderful branch of Ole & Steen in Richmond for a chat with a coffee with my lovely mum. They are a Danish bakery chain with a huge variety of yummy pastries and delicious loaves of bread. Whatever sweet treat you fancy, they are bound to have it!… Continue reading days in cafes 2

my favourite instagram accounts

Instagram should be a platform where we feel invigorated and motivated. It should not encourage negative thoughts, whether those be about our bodies, our lifestyle choices or what we own. Social media does not need to be a space that we feel is damaging to our mental health. At the moment, in the news and… Continue reading my favourite instagram accounts

my thoughts on… the wasp factory by iain banks

Like Everything Under by Daisy Johnson, The Wasp Factory is twisted, abnormal and deranged. It follows the life of the rather disturbed Frank Cauldhame, a teenager who lives alone on a secluded island in Scotland with his manic father. In the attic of his home, he has built a Wasp Factory. This is a strange device,… Continue reading my thoughts on… the wasp factory by iain banks

yoga

“Yoga is not only a process of the integration of the soul, mind, and body for self-improvement, it is a process of self -realization and self -acceptance.” -Debasish Mridha If someone had told me two years ago that I would become a person who looked forward to taking time out of my day to practice… Continue reading yoga

my thoughts on… the love song of J. Alfred Prufock

'the model poet of our time, the most cited poet and incarnation of literary correctness in the English-speaking world' -Alfred Kazin on T.S. Eliot https://youtu.be/xpRSmMnx1MU This is the outstanding, bewildering poem that introduced me to perplexing world of modernism and the cryptic poems written during the period. It is quite difficult to believe but this… Continue reading my thoughts on… the love song of J. Alfred Prufock

the best music for studying

To help you concentrate, I've collated my favourite calming tunes. Whether you are writing notes, learning facts or forming an essay, turn on your speaker and play these tunes in the background. reflection - jinsang (life) bliss - jinsang (life) untold - jinsang (life) Again - wun two (penthouse) Nights - wun two (penthouse) Feblu… Continue reading the best music for studying

a november update

Life has been hectic. So so hectic. I wish I could purchase a pause button and just take a break as everything feels a little bit overwhelming at the moment. I'm waiting for offers/ rejections from universities and the anticipation is more frustrating than anything I have ever experienced before. All I can do is… Continue reading a november update

my thoughts on… bloodaxe’s contemporary women poets (1985)

"I am a poet who is a woman, not a woman poet" -Ruth Fainlight I recently discovered the absolute gem of a book that is 'The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Women Poets: Eleven British Writers', edited by the extraordinary Jeni Couzyn, in my school library. It was practically dusty on the shelf in the poetry… Continue reading my thoughts on… bloodaxe’s contemporary women poets (1985)

days in cafes

On the last day of half term, before hectic school life started all over again, my friends and I headed to a gorgeous independent cafe in the neighbourhood to finish off all our homework and revision. If you're looking for some inspiration to redecorate your bedroom or update your kitchen, you've come to the right… Continue reading days in cafes