A Level Hiatus and how I haven’t stopped reading

Over the past 8 months I have been absent, and I promised I wouldn’t be absent, but I was so there it is. My first A- level year was officially a success, and from it I’ve been predicted solid A’s and possible A*’s in all of my subjects. All I can say was that it was hard work and intense dedication and that I’m only halfway there. Let’s hope I can reproduce the results for next year. Fingers and toes and any other body part crossed please!

Although I have been absent from book-blogging shenanigans, I have never read more than what I have this past year. It has been such a liberating and mind opening experience to read so many books and really feel like I’ve come a long way. My book-ban-challenge shelf, as it is so named on my Goodreads account, has been hovering around the 100 book-mark for what feels like eternity and is currently at 106 books unread. I put myself on a book buying ban around Christmas last year and it hasn’t worked so I’ve essentially given up on resisting my urges. I’m an addict but hey, at least its not cocaine,right?

Anyway, to the books!

I’ve read some pretty amazing books these past months, ranging over some diverse genres and have touched on so many influential themes. From the last embers of my YA fiction days to 5th century BC war strategies; from Hogwarts, down the River Nile and into the West of England, I’ve done a lot of traveling. Ironically, I’ve been to all of these places physically this year! I’ve been a Southern Belle with Scarlett O’Hara, shared a life boat with a tiger and Pi, and walked the streets of London with Ben Judah.

In my next posts I’ll be sharing some of my favorite books I’ve read throughout this hiatus, along with how I’m saying farewell to YA fiction, the books I recommend to anyone venturing into medical school as well as feminist novels and memoirs which have empowered me tenfold. As part of my English A Level Coursework I’d like to share some of the required texts and my thoughts on travel writing as well as plays and books which share parallels with Wide Sargasso Sea, Twelfth Night and A Streetcar Named Desire.




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