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Lark Lane has become one of my favourite haunts around Liverpool. I haven’t spent enough time there frankly, but then if I could I would probably spend the majority of my week traipsing around all the lovely eateries and do nothing else. My waistline wouldn’t thank me and neither would my workload! My sister and I visited a few weeks ago and noticed that Alison Appleton had opened a new Tea House on the street and (after popping next door and splurging on a scarf which would be any textile enthusiasts dream and an essential new purse, oops) we decided to pop in.

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MISC: Playlists or 5 Albums I Read To

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Some people enjoy reading a novel on the Tube, others prefer to tuck into the corner of a bustling cafe. You might enjoy reading on a bench in a park or at the harbour with the wind beating at your book’s pages. Or maybe your the sort of person who gets through a couple of chapters curled up in bed. I am all of these people rolled into one over-zealous book-lover. If I’m sat anywhere for more than five minutes, ‘this would be so much nicer if I had a book’, is often one of my first thoughts.

I enjoy the background noise that these different places provide: the rustle of leaves, the chatter of fellow travellers, the whirr of a coffee machine and the splash of water against stone. But sometimes I like to shut out the world around me, and these are my top five albums to do that with:

  1. This is All Yours by Alt-J
  2. Communion by Years & Years
  3. Bang by Empires
  4. Wild EP by Troye Sivan
  5. A Different Kind of Fix by Bombay Bicycle Club

REVIEW: The Giver by Lois Lowry


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The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”

Lois Lowry, The Giver (1933)

The Giver is set in a dystopian future, a world in which harmony and order rule. As children within the community grow up, their development is marked by a December ceremony. Moving from one year to the next, they are given new responsibilities: Eights are presented with a jacket with a pocket, Nines are given their first bikes and Twelves are given their assignment which will become their job and role within the community. These occupations are chosen by the committee based on each Twelve’s personality, abilities and volunteering. For Jonas, the Ceremony of Twelve is looming. He’s excited to find out his role in the carefully structured community but also nervous because unlike some of his other classmates he has no idea what he wants to be. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Giver by Lois Lowry”

10 Film Adaptions I’ve Watched Without Reading the Book

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that all true literary-lovers should read the book before watching the film. Not to do so is a crime. But sometimes temptation wins out, and your friends are all going to watch the adaption on the opening day and ‘I haven’t read the book yet’ sounds like a poor excuse not to go. It happens. It happens more than I will ever willingly admit. So, here are the 10 films I watched before reading the books. I’ll let you in on an even more shameful secret: I still haven’t read them yet!

  1. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  2. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
  3. The Help by Katherine Stockett
  4. Chocolat by Joanne Harris
  5. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  6. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
  7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  9. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  10. If I Stay by Gayle Forman


What film adaptions have you seen before reading the books?

REVIEW: Dear Life by Alice Munro


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“People have thoughts they’d sooner not have. It happens in life.”

Alice Munro, Dear Life (2012)

Life comes with regret, something the characters of Alice Munro’s short story collection Dear Life know all too well. The people in these stories are ordinary. It’s like peering through a window into someone’s living room and watching them go about their day-to-day life. In thirty pages or less, Munro sets out the landscape of an entire life in prose that is clear, concise and unapologetic.

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It may sound bizarre, but a Wet Nelly is a traditional Liverpuddlian bread & butter pudding style bake. Having said that, when I presented it to my mostly Liverpuddlian course mates they seemed bemused, so who knows really? Maybe it’s not as popular as it once was. I got the recipe from the National Trust website, and I have to say it is a particularly tasty dish, especially served warm with a dollop of ice cream!

READING PLACES: Fifty-Eight Deli

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If you like cheese, ham, or cheese and ham then Fifty-Eight Deli is the place for you. I say ham, but really that’s not good enough a word for all the delicious freshly sliced deli meats this cafe and deli has to offer. There are an amazing selection of mouth-watering sandwiches to try as well, but I went for a cheese board which along with three scrumptious cheese, came with some delightful chutneys.

Situated in Oxton Village, it’s the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon, regaining your energy before moving on to the next big read!

REVIEW: The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson


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it’s like the jigsaw pieces that have been floating around in my head for the last couple of months have suddenly slotted together to form a picture.”

Lisa Williamson, The Art of Being Normal (2015)

The Art of Being Normal is a Young Adult book that addresses many difficult topics: identity, family, class, prejudice, friendship, ignorance and love. They are issues we struggle to deal with as adults, when we think we have everything figured out, but for a teenager who is just becoming aware of the world they are particularly terrifying.

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