Sunday, 12 May 2019


An extremely important book, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche draws on her own personal experiences to illustrate the importance of feminism in society today. I think that a real strength of the book is the fact that it was originally a TED Talk; if you haven’t heard of Ted Talk before, it’s where people talk at an organised conference on a variety of subjects. This means that the book is simple, concise and hard-hitting in terms of the points that it is making. It creates a logical argument, urging you to open your perspectives concerning feminism as well as tracing where the discrepancy starts - at young children, or more correctly, parents raising their sons and daughters. What I liked particularly about the book is the explanation that societal conventions insist that males are unemotional, strong and are ridiculed for being any other emotions. It therefore alters the stereotype that men themselves are directly responsible for the inequality of genders.

I can’t recommend this enough for a short read; it could easily be read in one sitting, whether that’s on the commute to work or in your lunch break. The size of the book itself is perfect to slot into a bag; however, the size doesn’t reflect the content bursting out of it!

Monday, 15 April 2019


As I’m coming to the end of my first year of my English Literature degree, I thought I would document three expectations that I had before I started my degree, that turned out to be completely wrong.

There isn't as much reading as people believe there to be. 

The general stereotype of never having your head out of a book might put you off of applying for an English Literature degree, or if you’ve already firmed a place in September, it might be worrying you. In my first term at university, I was expected to read one text a week (whether that was a novel, play or a set of poems), for two modules, along with some critical reading for two other modules, which could range from a short article to between 5 and 30 pages of theory books or papers. It’s also important to try and read around especially any texts that you’re interested in while you’re studying them, as if you’re interested in writing about them for your end of module essays, doing some wider reading weeks in advance will help you a lot in the long run.

You aren’t expected to have read everything!

As an English Lit student, some people, whether that’s other students, family members or friends, expect you to have read a lot of classics, which therefore is the reason why you’re studying the subject at university. Never worry if you haven’t read books that people think you should have read as an English student, especially since you’ve just spent two years of your life studying multiple texts for your A level, making it difficult to read for pleasure. At university, you aren’t expected to have read the entire literary canon. Just ensure that you are open to widening your reading whilst you’re studying for your degree.

‘University level’ writing? 

There is a definite expectation, especially for an English degree, that when you start your degree you have to start writing in an elevated and complex style. You really don’t. A simple and coherent style is best, allowing your argument to be as clear as possible in your essays. I hope this helps for anyone who is going to study English Literature at university in September. Sent from my iPhone

Wednesday, 27 February 2019


Paperless Post is an impressive online service, as well as an app, which allows you to create birthday cards, thank you notes and invitations seamlessly. Operating online means that you can also easily keep track of RSVP’s, making event planning easy.

With a plethora of beautiful designs to choose from, sorted into different categories, you are really spoilt for choice for every event. Paperless Post operates in digital coins that you will need to buy; there are both ‘free’ cards and cards that cost a certain number of coins. However, I was shocked at how the quality of the free and priced cards was the same. The app was extremely easy to navigate and I was impressed with the features when I was sending my housewarming invite out, such as a comment wall, RSVP question and photo gallery.

Have a look at some of my screenshots of designing my housewarming invite, where you can see how clean, clear and simple the app interface is. I highly recommend Paperless Post; especially for families, it is a must have app on your phone or tablet, or one website to keep in your favourites. Thanks to the lovely people at Anagram Interactive for sponsoring this post and subsidising my account with some digital coins to try out this great service.


Friday, 8 February 2019


This time last year I was struggling with anxiety, although I hadn’t admitted that to myself, wondering if the feeling of constant panic would ever leave me. Time to Talk Day yesterday made me contemplate how much can change in one year and how far I have come. I don’t think I ever thought I would get to a stage in my life where I was truly content; a move 250 miles away to the North after living in the South for the whole of my life was at first quite unsettling, but it’s what I needed. I’ve found that morning meditation has been key to helping control any anxious thoughts and make me think rationally. Being surrounded by empathetic people who make you feel comfortable around them, who lift you up and support you, helps too. My friend told me recently healing is a long process and it’s ok to not be 100% where you want to be, yet. I’ve realised that although I feel the best I’ve ever felt, it’s still important to take the time to work on myself. This is a message to say that if you aren’t feeling great or aren’t in a good place right now, don’t ever feel like you’re being selfish to take time out to work on yourself, because for a long time, I really did.
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