How to survive Freshers’ Week: the guide

In the summer of 2014, no two words struck more dread into my heart than those of "Freshers' Week". As a socially anxious, hugely introverted non-drinker, I could imagine nothing worse than a week of constant introductions and alcohol-fuelled gatherings. But I soon learned that the nightlife was the least of my worries: the university-run [...]

It’s time to stop supporting problematic people

The book community, no matter how wholesome it is considered, is no stranger to problematic behaviour. From authors, to bookish shops, to movie adaptations, the community seems to be almost perpetually riddled with controversy. One of the most highly regarded, yet incredibly problematic authors is JK Rowling. JK, of course, wrote the hugely successful Harry [...]

Review: Broken People

Review: Broken People

Author: Katrine Lynn Solvaag Genre: Poetry   Review Broken People is the debut poetry collection by Norwegian-born Londoner Katrine Lynn Solvaag. It is split into two sections: The Breaking and the Healing. The Breaking details Solvaag’s experiences of depression and heartbreak, and contains some kickass feminist poems. In this section, there are also some powerful [...]

Review: Sticky Notes

Author: Indy Yelich Genre: Poetry   Review Sticky Notes is Indy Yelich’s first poetry collection and oh my, is it sublime. The poems revolve around everything that comes with the transition from girl to woman (moving out, mental health, love, family…), as well as reactions to politics and events happening around the world today (see [...]

Review: The Belles

Author: Dhonielle Clayton Genre: YA Fantasy   *Thank you to the publishers, author and NetGalley for sending me an advance copy of the book*   Synopsis ‘Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, [...]