Thursday, 28 January 2016

Review: A Year of Losing the Dating Game - Samantha Bye

When I was deciding what to read whilst travelling, I knew I wanted to mix things up a little, and not just stick to my usual fiction choices. Plus, I'd read (and loved) Lena Dunham's Not that Kind of Girl in the summer and was keen to find some more non-fiction/ memoir/ anecdotal style books. 

I came across A Year of Losing the Dating Game when reading a review of it on someone’s blog, and it seemed like a light-hearted and funny read, to break up the accumulation of slightly melancholic fiction I had collected. 


Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Travelling Southeast Asia: Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur was the third stop on our trip, and we got the bus from Melaka to the capital city. There are so many buses between the two so there was no need to book; we got on a coach within minutes of arriving at the bus station in Melaka and the journey cost us £4 each.

As soon as we arrived in Kuala Lumpur we were confronted with the difficulty of manoeuvring yourself around the city. Although there is an extensive rail network, the lines were built by different operators, meaning that stations and lines don’t connect practically at all. In fact, it’s even tricky to get around on foot, with the concrete highways sprawling in every direction across Kuala Lumpur.


Sunday, 24 January 2016

The Sunday Brunch Post, Episode VI

DISCLAIMER: Brunch still not included.

Can I just say, I don’t remember the last time I actually had Sunday brunch, and that is basically a crime. Next Sunday anyone?


Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Review: And the Mountains Echoed - Khaled Hosseini

I first came across Khaled Hosseini when I was in Sixth Form and he quickly became one of my favourite writers. The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns were books that I could have happily read in one sitting, and I loved the latter so much that I wrote my A Level English Lit coursework on it. And still liked it just as much at the end. If you're a fellow literature student you'll know that very few books manage to pass that test. 

I have been desperate to read And the Mountains Echoed since it was published, but I was waiting for Tom to finish the copy I had bought him (HA). Two years later I decided I couldn't wait any longer and I downloaded the book to read whilst travelling.


Saturday, 16 January 2016

Review: All the Bright Places - Jennifer Niven

When it came to choosing which books to download to my Kindle in preparation for two months away, All the Bright Places was one of the first I noted down. In the few months leading up to the trip I'd seen so many recommendations and posts/ videos talking about how amazing the book was, so my expectations were high. Too high. 


Thursday, 14 January 2016

Travelling Southeast Asia: Melaka, Malaysia

The second place we visited on our travels was Melaka (sometimes written as Malacca), on the southwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. We travelled to Melaka by coach from Singapore, which is the easiest and cheapest way to travel between the two. It only cost nine pounds each and the coach was super luxurious with fully reclining seats.


Tuesday, 12 January 2016

5 Albums that Never Get Old

You know what it’s like. You discover a new album and it’s great. So great that you tell everyone it’s your favourite album ever, and you play it on repeat. You set it as your alarm, you listen to it in the shower, on the way to work, at the gym, in the car, and you definitely don’t stand in front of your mirror and sing the entire album back to front in rehearsal for your obviously impending gig at Wembley. Right? But then suddenly it doesn’t sound so great. The songs sound too familiar, like those annoyingly catchy TV ads, and you have to switch stations every time they are played on the radio.


Sunday, 10 January 2016

The Sunday Brunch Post, Episode V

DISCLAIMER: Brunch still not included.

As this is the first Sunday Brunch Post of 2016, I’m just going to take a moment to say Happy New Year! 2016 already, huh?! 

I’ve been loving this time of year for blogging; everyone’s 2015 round-up posts and goals for 2016 have been so fun to read. Definitely leave me links in the comments to any you’ve done, because I love reading them.


Saturday, 9 January 2016

Review: The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

*WARNING: This review may contain mild spoilers.*

Although Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief was one of the books that got me back into reading for fun after finishing my literature degree, it took me a long time to read. And I mean a long time. I started it at the end of my trip in America and didn’t finish it until the beginning of my travels in Southeast Asia, a whole four months later. I can’t pinpoint exactly why it took me so long to get to the end, because I loved the book, so much so that it made it into my 2015 favourites. But it didn’t quite captivate me enough to be a book I couldn’t put down.


Thursday, 7 January 2016

Review: The Railway Children - King’s Cross Theatre

Last week, once all the Christmas excitement had come to an end, I went to King’s Cross Theatre to see The Railway Children for my little brother’s birthday.

The Railway Children is a story which I somehow missed growing up, and is one of those classics that I’ve never seen or read. But classics get their status for a reason, so I was excited nonetheless to experience an iconic tale come to life, particularly given the unusual set-up of this theatre.

I knew this wasn’t going to be a conventional theatrical space, given that one of the show’s selling points is the 60 tonne steam train that arrives into the space, but beyond this I had no concept of how the performance would be played out.


Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Travelling Southeast Asia: Singapore

Singapore was the first stop on our two month trip, and as someone who had never been to Asia before, I would definitely recommend it as a good starting point and a slow transition into a new continent. I’m a full-time worrier and am usually a little on edge when getting to know new places, and whilst Singapore was like nowhere I’d been before, it did have the feeling of lots of different cities and cultures mixed together, so there were a lot of small familiarities.

The main preconception I had about Singapore was that it would be super clean, and that wasn’t wrong. There was absolutely no litter, you could eat your dinner off the floor of the MRT (underground train network), and on almost every street corner there was someone jet washing the pavements.

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