BBC Les Misérables: A beautiful rendition of a classic (contains mild spoilers)

When I saw last year that the BBC were doing a six episode long adaptation of Les Misérables, I was very excited. Despite the often long, rambling and boring prose Victor Hugo wrote, I would still count Les Misérables as a great book. I loved the complexity, the emotion and the far reaching narrative that …

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New Year, New Me?

It's a happy new year and like most new years, it has taken me until now to start processing all the things I want to get done in the year ahead. Christmas was a slightly hectic time, full of family, food and impending deadlines that seemed to hang over my head. There is a sweet …

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Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan: a stunning new fantasy 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

There are some things which sell a book to me, and an author dropping historical and cultural context about her book is definitely one of those things.  Girls of Paper and Fire is the first book of what I'm sure will become a popular series. A world with three castes of people ranging from full …

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Blogmas: We Three Kings: Three of My Favourite Christmas Things

Christmas is undoubtedly one of my favourite times of year, and not only because it's the time of year where everyone exchanges presents! Christmas is also a wonderful chance to break up the monotony of winter with bright lights, singing and getting together with friends and family. For many, Christmas is an excuse to treat …

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Blogmas: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe: a Christmas treat

I was, like most people my age, introduced to Narnia through the 2005 film and within a couple of years I had devoured all seven books. Whilst some of the books are bizarre and downright disturbing, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe has an enduring charm with a childlike simplicity that will always remind …

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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway: a fish not worth catching 🌟🌟

I didn't think I'd enjoy this novella, and I was right. This may sound like I started The Old Man and the Sea with negative preconceptions, something which you should never do when approaching a book, but the book itself just didn't appeal to me from the outset. The Old Man and the Sea is …

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Carrie by Stephen King: Not what I’d expected 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This is another book I would never have bought if it wasn't on my reading list. Despite Stephen King being a household name, the fact that his genre is typically classified as horror has put me off. I've never been a big fan of jump-scares in films, and the rising tension in a film, or …

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My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal: no action men required 🌟🌟🌟

This isn't a book I'd have picked up in a shop, which is one of the reasons I'm glad my reading lists are so varied. My Name is Leon is the story of eponymously named Leon, a young boy whose love of action men and his family is tested as his family deteriorates after the …

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