If you’re like me, you can’t simply finish a book, put it back on its shelf, and move on to the next one. Instead, I think it over once, I think it over twice, and then I try to find out if this book has changed me. Some books teach me who I am, and others educate me about important matters such as politics, history, and identity. Whichever book I read, there’s always a lesson to be learned. Here you can read about what I’ve learned from the books I’ve read so far.
Archaeology teaches us about the past, and about ourselves. So what does a book about archaeology teach us? Let’s find out.
Is it possible to write a feminist novel with a male protagonist? Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffi Brodesser-Akner shows the answer is yes!
David Mitchell has written a new novel! It’s about the 1960s and its music – my favourite!
Sally Rooney has just published a new novel! To celebrate this, let’s take a look at her debut.
Life is like a dance; it’s fun, it’s exhausting, it swings, but most of all it keeps moving. Zadie Smith’s Swing Time is about how dancing and finding yourself.
Olaf Stapledon’s Star Maker is one of the most unique books I’ve ever read. It’s physics, it’s politics, it’s philosophy, and it’s brilliant.
“You cannot be serious!” Today I’m combining tennis and books, by focusing on John McEnroes autobiography Serious.
Insane, or not insane? Susanna Kaysen’s memoir tells us how it’s all in the eye of the beholder.
What if we could get rid of painful memories? Bridget Collins explored this notion in her novel The Binding. Want to know what it’s about? Read on!
How do you deal with life after your brother has died? Marieke Lucas Rijneveld’s novel won the International Booker Prize for her novel about this topic. Read on if you want to know what it’s about!
I recently read Stephen King’s latest novel Later. It’s a perfect blend of his trademark horror and the story a normal boy trying to find his place in the world. Want to know more? Read on!
Lev Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich is considered one of the best novellas ever written. Want to know why? Read on!
Christina Henry’s Lost Boy is a retelling of Peter Pan. Want to know why such retellings are necessary? Read on!
Do you ever feel like there’s a part of you that really wants to be a child again, and to believe in magic? Then read this post about The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale!
Max Porter’s Grief is the Thing with Feathers is one of the most unique books I’ve ever read. Want to know why? Read on!
Fahrenheit 451 is a modern classic, and still a very relevant one. Want to know why? Read on!
Sometimes, a book isn’t as good as you hoped it would be. Turns out there’s still lots to be learned from it, however. Want to know which insights I gained from Christina Dalcher’s Vox? Read on!
William Shakespeare is, without a doubt, the most famoust English writer ever. However, we hardly know anything about his life. Maggie O’Farrell wrote a fictional account of how he lost his son. Want to find out what it’s like? Read on!
This month, I’ve read three different versions of the same story. Want to know what I’ve learned from it? Read on!
Iliad Retelling #3: The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker. Do the women of the war really have anything to say?