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Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho

"People only allow themselves the luxury of being mad when they are in the position to do so." - Dr. Igor.   Content warning: This book explores human nature along with concepts like suicide, mental health, corruption within health care systems and the nature of...

5 things you can do to write a better essay!

One of the hardest adjustments when it comes to transferring from high school to university is the difference in the quality of work you are asked to produce. Some schools do a great job of filling in the blanks and preparing you for the different ways in which you will be asked to write, others not so much. This is why I thought that it would be helpful to lay out some general rules to make sure you are ticking all the boxes for your tutor.

I Saw a Starburst to Flames – J.R. LaMar

The poems themselves are light hearted and fun to read, I can easily picture the children I’ve babysat in the past enjoying these verses. The topics that LaMar writes about are vast and while many are silly and entertaining some teach moral values in a subtle and enjoyable way. I believe this is an important quality for any piece of literature directed towards children. I am not sure of the age range I would put on this book, while the rhythm would be enjoyable to younger children occasionally the word choice seems odd for a children’s book. As you don’t mind explaining what phrases or words mean it would be a valuable educational moment to have between parent and child and would certainly benefit both parties.

The Cleansing – Anton Eine

I really enjoyed reading this short story, it was interesting to look at a planet and its history through another race’s eyes. I think this book is an excellent social commentary. The Cleansing is worth a read as it celebrates history and stories while presenting a warning about self-destructive nature. It was easy to read, despite the lack of dialogue tags and I appreciate the experimentation with this style of writing. While I cannot imagine a story in this style working for a full novel, it was perfect for this delightful piece of literature. It provides an enjoyable reading experience and a valuable lesson to writers that sometimes the rules of writing need to be bent. The storytelling was strong and, and I found myself wishing it was a little longer, I would’ve enjoyed learning more about the alien race and why they were on a mission to cleanse other planets. This information, however, would’ve bogged down the book with too many details making it more difficult to read. A collection of short stories following these characters would be interesting!

Dyslexia and Riteing

Writing is one of the most powerful careers there is, I honestly believe that. Words have the power to change the world one life at a time. There will always be that book that changed the way you thought, opened you up to a new part of the world or changed your mind. We shouldn’t hold ourselves back because of disabilities or learning disorders. I wish I learned this sooner in life, I could’ve saved a lot of time away from the kitchen and spent it sitting at my desk; writing a story that someone else needs. 

Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson

The way this author writes about family dynamics and relationships is superb, the focus on the family and the everyday chaos within Jesse’s world is perfectly described and helps to shape our character further. Jesse’s way of life and thought processes are interesting and delightful! Everything about this book enchanted me. For the sake of honestly I do have to say that I watched the movie first and was spoiled for the book because of this but it didn’t detract anything from the story in my opinion. I perhaps didn’t get attached to certain characters as much because of this, but it is safe to say that both the movie and the book made me sob! That’s just the kind of person that I am though, even Disney Shorts make me cry.

Postpone Perfection

When I first started to pursue my passion for writing (I'm talking way back in my pre-teen years), I used to go over and over my "novel". I would relentlessly write and rewrite paragraphs and chapters; I would rename my characters, change my plot plan and...

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

Atwood writes very well, and I think The Handmaid’s Tale is worth a read for anyone that is interested in reading one of the darker pieces of classic literature. It is excellent in regards to the style in which it divulges information. It is a unique and interesting way of telling a story in that it flickers between past and present. This woman is a genius when it comes to word association games, I really enjoyed the way she explores the language of a woman with too much time on her hands. I will continue to explore the works of Atwood, as this is my first experiences with one of her books. I’m excited to see what themes her other works explore.

What You Need To Know About Writing What You Know

No matter what type of life you have lived, whether it be interesting or mundane; if you are a writer you have undoubtedly heard the phrase ‘write what you know’. Most writers have two reactions to this piece of advice, the first being: that is the most stupid thing I’ve ever heard, you need to read some fantasy; or yeah, that sounds pretty logical. Whichever camp your in, I’m going to tell you now… you’re not wrong. There I said it, I live in this magical place in between both of the camps; here in this utopian land we believe that yes, you should write what you know… but you should also write what you come to know. While I don’t think that write what you know is a very good piece of advice, I think the theory behind it (often left out of the advice) is something that every writer does naturally. Before anyone clicks out of this article in a fit of rage, let me explain myself.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – Leslye Walton

This book was an amazing read, and I loved it. Walton takes on a difficult topic in the themes of love and what causes people to love, and also to refuse to love. Walton in this story strives to explain the complexities of love in relation to the painful process of living. If you choose to pick up this book prepare to laugh and cry… an ugly cry that is. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is a book that has quickly nudged itself into my top ten reads of all time. Everything about this book was so well done, from the stunning cover to the themes central to the story. I cannot help but bring up the beautiful and impactful payoffs brought about by intentional repetition. Anyone who is in desperate need of a good book needs to pick this up!

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