Chaos vs Order in “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner

Have you ever had a bad morning where you wake up in a dingy elevator with no recollection of how you got there, where you’re going or even your own name? And then you find yourself in a fight for your life during a dystopian, post-apocalyptic future? No? Well, that’s what happens to our protagonist … More Chaos vs Order in “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner

“Prisoner of the Japanese: From Changi to Tokyo”: Tom Henling Wade’s moving memoir of survival and courage in the face of horror

Over the past six months I’ve noticed that my reading style has changed – the books I read now are totally different from the ones I usually read. Six months ago I was reading my usual dystopian future, romance, adventure novels. Now, I find myself drawn to stories like Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons, The … More “Prisoner of the Japanese: From Changi to Tokyo”: Tom Henling Wade’s moving memoir of survival and courage in the face of horror

20 Quotes from literature that will remind you to always have hope

20 Quotes from literature that will remind you to always have hope.   1. “Hope is a powerful thing. Some say it’s a different breed of magic altogether. Elusive, difficult to hold on to. But not much is needed.” ― Stephanie Garber, Caraval 2. “Hope,” said Vikus. “There are times it will be very hard to find. … More 20 Quotes from literature that will remind you to always have hope

Jodi Picoult’s “The Storyteller”: A heartbreaking yet ultimately hopeful story that shows the strength of the human spirit

I’m going to start by saying that I am a massive fan of Jodi Picoult. Her novels are inspiring, gripping, enthralling and full of love, plot twists and the unpredictable nature of human life. Her characters are strong, yet sometimes beautifully flawed — which is why we love them so much and find them so … More Jodi Picoult’s “The Storyteller”: A heartbreaking yet ultimately hopeful story that shows the strength of the human spirit

20 Quotes from literature that will make you feel better about failure

Here are 20 quotes from literature that will make you feel better about failure.   1. “If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.” ― Henry David Thoreau, I to Myself: An Annotated Selection from the Journal of Henry D. Thoreau 2. “Failures are the stairs we climb to reach … More 20 Quotes from literature that will make you feel better about failure

Dreams, love and living in Lara Avery’s “The Memory Book”

Think The Fault in Our Stars blended with All the Bright Places – that’s exactly what you get in Lara Avery’s heart-breaking, life-affirming and dazzling novel, The Memory Book. Published last July, it is one of the most underrated books of the year and is a remarkable heart-felt story that will have you laughing and … More Dreams, love and living in Lara Avery’s “The Memory Book”

The heart of humanity in “The Book Thief”

How do you write a fresh story about the Holocaust? Australian novelist Markus Zusak has cracked it with The Book Thief, which has become a number one international bestseller. Although this book is classed as young adult fiction, I strongly suspect it was written for adults when it was originally published in Zusak’s native Australia. Some … More The heart of humanity in “The Book Thief”

Making things right in Lauren Oliver’s “Before I Fall”

If you only read one book this year, it should be Lauren Oliver‘s Before I Fall. This profound story will have you hooked from the get go. Oliver vividly draws a picture of the devastating damage caused by bullying and the ease of which some teens turn a blind eye to this behaviour whilst at … More Making things right in Lauren Oliver’s “Before I Fall”

The power of love in “Rules of Attraction”

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles is one of my favourite young adult romance novels. It’s a story made beautiful by the love affair, riveting by the plot, hilarious by the characters, and by all accounts, unforgettable. This second novel in Elkeles’ Perfect Chemistry trilogy gives us everything we could want: a love that consumes us, passion, … More The power of love in “Rules of Attraction”