the intimacy of literature

It has been too long! Oh my, I've missed writing on this blog so so much. I've been so busy these past few weeks with schoolwork that I've just not had the time to sit down and write my thoughts on the two wonderful books, 'Three Poems' and 'The Diary of an Ordinary Woman', that… Continue reading the intimacy of literature

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what I’ve read recently

I picked these books up around November - December time. They were engrossing and marvellous and shocking and bewildering and I adored them all. Right now, I'm suffering through mock exams for my a levels (help!) so I don't have too much time to read but, when I can, I'm making my way through the… Continue reading what I’ve read recently

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

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

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

why I read poetry

When Elizabeth Jennings explained how she felt that 'a deeply held belief is bound to influence all you do', she summarised my feelings towards the wonder of poetry. When I read a poem, it is not simply a collection of words on a page. Instead, I am gaining a glimpse of a new, original perspective… Continue reading why I read poetry

Rory Gilmore’s Reading List

I recently stumbled across a list when aimlessly scrolling through the internet that named all of the 339 books that Rory Gilmore had read on 'Gilmore Girls'. As an avid reader and as a literature student, I thought it would be fun to share which books I have read, what I thought of them and… Continue reading Rory Gilmore’s Reading List

my thoughts on… everything under by daisy johnson

“I'd always understood that the past did not die just because we wanted it to. The past signed to us: clicks and cracks in the night, misspelled words, the jargon of adverts, the bodies that attracted us or did not, the sounds that reminded us of this or that. The past was not a thread… Continue reading my thoughts on… everything under by daisy johnson

the journey begins

Thanks for joining me! My name is Natasha and I am currently working towards my A Levels in English Literature, Chinese and History. I am in the process of applying to University to study English Literature as an undergraduate and sometimes this can feel like an immense, impossible task. I have decided to use this… Continue reading the journey begins