Rachel Reads: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

A review of Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons why which follows Clay, a high schooler, who loses his first love after she commits suicide. The book is an enlightening read about suicide and the perception of teenage mental health.

Hand-lettering for beginners

One of my passions I've developed over the last year is hand-lettering. I use hand-lettering to make my own cards for people's birthdays and occasions. I'm not as good as the ones you see on Etsy, yet I thought I would share some of the tricks I use for those of you who are thinking… Continue reading Hand-lettering for beginners

Four ways to be ‘happy’

Happiness can be an elusive goal but here are four tips that can get you started and cope with the world around you a bit better.

Rachel Reads: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

After re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird on my holiday in Kos, I was eagerly anticipating the release of Harper Lee's sequel. I loved To Kill a Mockingbird for Lee's original voice and Scout's rebellious nature as well as the interesting dialogue it created about race in America. It's a classic, truly. It is honest and… Continue reading Rachel Reads: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Rachel Reads – Matched by Ally Condie

During my reading drought, I was struggling to read anything that was considered classic or a bit more complex. So in any time of need, I turn to YA especially YA of my past which I have never finished. Matched is the first of a trilogy and a book I loved in high school but… Continue reading Rachel Reads – Matched by Ally Condie

Rachel Reads: Summer, Fireworks and My Corpse by Otsuichi

Back again to Horror but it's certainly in a different vein from my usual choices. I say that because it's Japanese horror and its subject matter is not something I would usually enjoy. As always, basic blurb: Two short novels, including the title story and Black Fairy Tale, plus a bonus short story. Summer is… Continue reading Rachel Reads: Summer, Fireworks and My Corpse by Otsuichi

I am not a professional

The problem with student photographers, or aspiring photographers, is that they are too quick to try and promote themselves as professional. These people still have a lot of photographic knowledge to learn, but still, they whip out their 'professional' camera and breezily say "Yeah, I'm a pro photographer." I hate to break it to you.… Continue reading I am not a professional

Rachel Reads: The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto

Rarely do I come across a book which I know is a translation and, as a fan of Japanese fiction/films, I felt it would be an enlightening experience to read Banana Yoshimoto who is a Japanese author and is critically acclaimed. If you've read my blog before, you'll know I prefer reading fantasy, horror and… Continue reading Rachel Reads: The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto