Literary Life: February in Review

If January was the most anxious month of my life so far, February has been the most depressing. Oddly this does not seem to have affected my reading habits; however, I feel as if I have predominantly ignored reading this month, I have had the time to consume a lot more books. Instead, I have been distracting my mind with visual media, mainly The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Set as a series of video blogs, The Lizzie Bennet ………

The Price of Pretty

Pardon the pause from bookish talk, this subject has been playing on my mind for a few days. “I have come to have the firm conviction that vanity is the basis of everything.” – Gustave Flaubert Volunteering is an interesting experience; you float lightly, almost unnoticed, into tight-nit social dynamics, observe them for a moment and then retreat to the next. At my most recent placement, I overheard a conversation on make-up. Now I enjoy ………

Gendered Reading

Perusing The Bookseller recently (searching in the vain hope that I may find a job I am qualified for) I stumbled across this article on Fathers reading to their children, or the lack there of. Only one in eight fathers take the lead in reading to their children, according to a new report commissioned by reading charity Booktrust. […] The poll, carried out by Opinium, revealed that only 13% of fathers are the main reader, ………

Literary Life: January in Review

You would think, spending five hours of my day commuting to London, I would find more time to read, but January has been as cruel as December and my literary hunger is still at record low. Unsuccessful reads: Orlando: A Biography by Virginia Woolf A classic piece of literary fiction you feel you should read, but find difficult to digest, Orlando is beautifully written but incapable of holding my attention. Set in the 1600s Orlando ………