recs: cozy reads for this autumn

Hi everyone! I hope everyone is having a lovely October so far. Last year, in the summer, I posted about books with summer vibes, and I wanted to something similar this autumn! Autumn is my favourite season - it's so crisp (ignoring the rain) and the perfect time to cuddle up with a book, so … Continue reading recs: cozy reads for this autumn

dark academia recommendations

Hi friends!

I'm here today to discuss some of my favourite dark academia novels and give some recommendations too!

a short discussion on dark academia

Dark academia is a sub-genre that has become incredibly popular in the past few years. This sub-genre usually falls within the thriller genre. It is, typically, books with a school/academic setting where things take a turn for the worst. These books usually involve murder and mystery, and showing just how terrible academia can be and how knowledge can corrupt.

However, there's not a set definition on what dark academia really is. If you go into what is shelved as "dark academia" on goodreads, you'll be surprised to see the selection of books there - or at least, I was. Why are books like The Great Gatsby or Jane Eyre shelved in this section? Because some of us had to read it for academia?

For myself, I would define the genre as thriller/mystery novels predominantly set in an academic setting, in which the backdrop is important to the plot. So, you won't be seeing books like The Raven Boys in this post - because as much as I absolutely love that book, maybe only 25% of the book is actually set or related to Aglionby Academy.

I obviously don't have any ownership or domain on what makes a novel fit into the 'dark academia' category so take whatever I say with a pinch of salt !

2021: my year in books

Hi everyone!

I thought I'd take the time to post a little summary of my reading in 2021, and my favourite books across the months!

I know, I know, I'm perhaps one of the last people to make a post on this. I've been planning this post for a few weeks now and honestly, time just got away from me and this post has ended up much longer than I expected.

books to read this scary season

Hello and happy October!

I know I know, another recommendation post for thrillers? It's Halloween soon, how could I resist in rounding up some scary reads for this fall. I've read some really wonderful thrillers/mysteries these past few months and I just had to collate them here and share.

I've tried to tailor the recommendations to be varied - for those who are easily frightened and want something lowkey, or what one with romance, or want a book filled with horror. Hopefully there'll be at least one book that catches your eye! [continue reading]