Review: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

YA, whenever I turn to it, it is so I can read something easy. I don’t value it for it’s strong messages or literary genius (perhaps excluding Harry Potter) I value it for its escapism. It’s like watching a sitcom, you never really have to think. This is why I enjoy YA, I’m not saying it’s intrinsically mindless. “Seventeen-year-old Bianca…

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Happy Birthday

ofBooks Turns Three

As of tomorrow (23rd January) ofBooks will be three years old. I’ve been blogging – on and off – since I was 18 (which I have just realised is 10 years, good lord). But, I’ve never stuck with a blog for as long as this. I remember when I started, I posted one review a week and had no idea that there were…

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Read with me

How do you feel about read-a-longs? Wondrous (read: potentially fraught) occasions where we would band together to read a long or difficult book. It would be like a scary-movie-thon, but without the possibility of bed wetting. I am of the opinion that if a book isn’t working for you, you should be able to give it up. Yet, there are some books…

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Poetry: Funeral Blues by W. H. Auden

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead Scribbling on the sky the message, ‘He is Dead’. Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves, Let the traffic…

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