Friday, March 30

Rupi Kaur - The Sun And Her Flowers

First and foremost, this blog is not necessarily a book review blog. Although I am, at present, reading and reviewing these books; it's not because I consider myself an expert my any means. 

I wanted to start this challenge because I know I don't read anywhere near as much as I used to, which is a shame, but also because I have a particular interest in book cover design. I think a great cover is one that picks up on minute themes within the book and can express them in a clever and subtle way. These Kafka cover reimaginings by Peter Mendulsund, for instance. They're brilliantly abstract and perfectly convey in incredible shorthand what's happening inside. Or even this beautiful edition of The Lord of The Flies by the Folio Society. Isn't is fantastic? Red, black, cracked glasses and ominous desert palms. What else do you need?

The reason I wanted to start March's #12books12months post with this is because, in some instances, a great outside can disguise a truly naff inside... Which brings me to Rupi Kaur's The Sun And Her Flowers.

Monday, March 26

Spring Things

There are some things in life that feel universal, maybe when they aren't. For example, I feel like everyone must have grown up making 'perfume' at home in the summer, right? Picking the best petals one by one, then painstakingly crushing them in whatever nearby resembled a pestle and mortar, adding water, then swilling the mulch into some sprayable receptacle. It's such a bright memory from growing up that it seems impossible that not everybody did the same.

Saturday, March 24

To The Lighthouse

Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse is actually I book I’ve read before. It’s short, with an uncomplicated plot and interesting prose structure. I thought it would be a great quick pick for the shortest month of the year.

You may well notice that it's actually late March now and not February any more:

Well, I obviously forgot that it's Virginia Woolf and not The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Friday, March 2

Snow Daze: A Mixtape For When It's Snowing And You're Trapped In Your House With No Escape

Those of you who have been around this blog for a little while will know I have a penchant for mixtapes. I would like to imagine there is the potential for a soundtrack to every occasion. This week, I've been moreorless literally snowed in to my house and have been doing what I can to prevent a slow hell spiral into Cabin Fever Fortunately, I have had some company in the form of Brandy, our pup, and so the 'album artwork' is in obvious homage to her. If it hadn't been for her happy little face and floppy ears this week I think I would have genuinely been gnawing off my arm by now. This is a playlist for that.

February Favourites

Hello all! I hope you've been well. It's been Snowmageddon my side (more on this soon) and I've been going, quite frankly, stir crazy. I have been wanting to think back to a simpler time (a mere week or so ago) when I could venture outside freely without the real fear of immediate icy death at every turn. For this reason, I felt now was as apt a time as any to compile my favourites for the month of Feb.