Here, where the world is quiet;Here, where all trouble seemsDead winds’ and spent waves’ riotIn doubtful dreams of dreams
So that’s a pretty obscure quote to open the “About” page of a blog with! The inspiration for creating this blog, its URL and the above quote all come from the same poem, entitled “The Garden of Proserpine” by Algernon Charles Swinburne, and it neatly sums up a lot of what I love about books and how I approach writing for this blog (also the poem happens to be a favourite of mine, and well worth a read). For me, this blog is a quiet corner of the internet where I can spill my thoughts on books, and hopefully you can get something out of the resultant ramblings.
I’m 20, I live in the UK and I will be starting my English degree at Oxford University in the autumn, so a lot of my reading choices are influenced by potential reading lists for next year. I’m trying to explore and develop my critical thinking about literature in preparation for next year, while also keeping my writing style both accessible and fun. Writing about all of these books will hopefully help them stick in my brain so I’ll be in the best position possible to make the most of my degree course come October!
As you can see, this blog has been made and maintained for pretty personal reasons, but ultimately I love sharing this stuff. Any feedback on my writing is hugely appreciated, and I’m always open to book recommendations. I started out on here writing about some pretty weighty novels in the canon of English literature, and though that’s pretty important for me right now, I like to keep an eye on the variation of literature I read in terms of genre, period, authors and wider popularity.
All of my blog posts are book reviews (I don’t really find “book hauls” or anything similar all that interesting), and where I’ve reviewed a few books of a particular genre or author, I’ve helpfully included some submenus above.
Hope you like it, and thanks for visiting my blog!