To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee


My rating: 4.7/5.0

This book is an absolute classic, and a completely unmissable read. I read it before for my GCSE English Literature class, but being fourteen at the time I returned to it now, suspecting that it might mean slightly more to me six years later. And it did.

It’s heartbreaking, thought-provoking and totally page turning. I think I read it in the space of two days. The characters have such depth to them, and through the eyes of seven/eight year old Scout Finch (Jean Louise if we’re being formal!), they all come majestically to life. One thing that struck me is that I was still a little scared of Scout’s initial impression of Boo Radley! I guess the idea of an unseen phantom that one can’t put a face to is infinitely more terrifying than something you can quantify, hence the extensive imaginations of children.

Moving through the book and seeing the trial of Tom Robinson from Scout’s perspective makes it seem even more abhorrent. The innocence she has, which her brother Jem loses, becomes all the more precious in light of the outcome. One almost begins to detest the machinations of adults, purely because of the effect it has on children.

I cannot begin to this book justice here, but suffice to say that if you have no read it you must; and if you have read it, return to it, I almost guarantee you it will provide you with something new.



The Playlist Files – 29th April 2013

Okay so I changed the name, I think it fits better.


What’s been absolutely dominating my iPod this week then I hear you cry…


1) Beauty of the Dark – Mads Langer

2) White on White – FIDLAR

3) Control – Garbage

4) Dancing With Myself – The Donnas

5) The Phoenix – Fall Out Boy



Track one is an absolutely gorgeous track by this Danish singer-songwriter. I’m not even entirely sure how I discovered the song but I think it’s awesome, very mellow but very epic sounding at the same time.

Track two is a song by an upcoming LA Punk band. It’s a song I’ve been using to workout to a lot this week, and it’s just the right mix of punk and rock (meaning that it’s not too angsty for those who prefer something a little more palatable). They’ve got an album coming out very soon and I’m excited to see what they’re going to produced.

Track three; I can’t believe I’ve never discovered Garbage before – what have I been doing with my life?! Anyway, I did, and I love this song. The female vocals mixed with the grunginess of the track provide for an awesome audio experience.

Track four is there just because it’s an epic song, covered in an epic way. Also because if I’m running at 9.2 kph on the treadmill then the beat exactly matches my footsteps, pretty awesome feeling when you’re running.

And last, but certainly not least, Track five is the latest single of Fall Out Boy’s new album ‘Save Rock and Roll’ and it’s a very epic song. If you have not checked it out yet, please do, you won’t regret it!


One of the things that I think is so exciting, is that I keep discovering new music (partly because I do student radio) but also because there’s just so much out there that is epicly awesome sounding. Go out there and give yourself an eargasm!




Book Review: ‘The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous’ by Jilly Cooper

Rating: 3.7/5.0

Read: March 2013

Yes, I read chick lit too. And, unlike some people who claim to like Literature, I am not ashamed to admit it. This is the second Jilly Cooper novel I have read and both have been extremely enjoyable. A little silly in a lot of places, but still interesting to read and very addictive!

The novel begins with the introduction of Lysander Hawkley, the horse made protagonist with Adonis-like good-looks and the ability to attract women as if he were a magnet. Underneath this, however, the reader quickly comes to realise that he is dealing with loss of his own and is also hopelessly naive, thus open to the manipulations of others. His best friend soon realises his talents for attracting women, and the jealousy this causes their husbands, and so sets up a business around this skill; having women hire Lysander’s services for as long as it takes to get their erring husbands back.

Lysander goes through women as if it they were water, falling in love with each of them in turn, only to have his heart broken when he realises he just a tool in getting their husbands back, or that the women themselves are not quite who they seem. I don’t want to spoil the ending for you, and I couldn’t begin to some up the ins and outs of the plot because it is quite a long book (738 pages). One thing that does, however, constantly annoy me with the novel is that the women throughout are trying to get back husbands that made them feel awful. Okay, so I agree there must be something very satisfactory about seeing a straying boyfriend or husband come running back once you’re a size 10 and fabulous again, but the indignant part of me asks; would you take him back? I think I’d kick him to the curb to be honest.¬†Another reason this novel didn’t score a 4 or higher was because, whilst some of Cooper’s characters are well developed, others are fairly two dimensional and flat, behaving the same in every situation presented to them.

On the whole though, this was a very enjoyable read, it made me laugh and kept me entertained for 3 or 4 days. Definitely worth a go if you’re in between serious texts, or are just looking for something fun to read!