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.

The dramatic effect of acceptance

I have just finished my undergraduate dissertation. By the time this has been posted, I've probably wasted a good two hours staring at my work and worrying needlessly over things which I logically have no time to change. It's something everyone can't help: worrying.

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 – 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