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.

Rachel reads – Rat Queens volume 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth

Much of my exam study time was spent pinning for the next volume of the Rat Queens. I love Wiebe's world and the Rat Queens are the ultimate female role models being as badass as possible. The art work is also stunning which is by Roc Upchurch and Stjepan Sejic. If you haven't read my… Continue reading Rachel reads – Rat Queens volume 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth

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

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

Rachel Reads: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

I thought I would try to review another novel I have been unsure about. I bought it on recommendation from Amazon UK's recommended reading page. From the blurb it sounded gritty and it appeared to be in a similar vein to other fantasy books I have read such as the Prince of Thorns. I also… Continue reading Rachel Reads: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

The problem with Writing

First I'm going to apologize for being away for nearly 2 months, but I did have a lot of assignments and exams for university thus my absence. Now, I thought I would get a few things off my chest on the subject of writing. Journalistic Writing: features and such... I enjoy writing for this blog.… Continue reading The problem with Writing

Rachel Reads – The Golem and the Djinni

I know - it's been ages but in my defense, I have been working a LOT! Anyways I thought I would come back from my little break with a review of the well-praised The Golem and The Djinni by Helene Wecker. It's a hefty volume with around 700 pages thus my reluctance to finish it.… Continue reading Rachel Reads – The Golem and the Djinni

Having hypothyroidism as a young person

What a lot of my friends don't know is that I'm one of the few young people to have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism (don't worry I'll explain what it is).  Hypothyroidism, according to the free medical dictionary, "... develops when the thyroid gland fails to produce or secrete as much thyroxine (T4) as the body needs. Because… Continue reading Having hypothyroidism as a young person

Half the Sky – Rachel Reads

 A few weeks back, I got a recommendation to read Half the Sky: How to Change the World by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn so as I've finally finished it, I thought I would do a small review - just a quick one.  So basic blurb: Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting team, husband and wife Nicholas D.… Continue reading Half the Sky – Rachel Reads