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Reviews of first time reads.

Northanger Abbey

There are plenty of ‘Classic Books’ I have never read for one reason or another. There are only so many hours in the day afterall. ‘Classics’ are typically well known and have had a lot of stuff written about them, so I’m not going to witter on. Here is the first of my super quick reviews of those I’m finally…

Our Hearts Were Young and Gay

You know those reality TV shows where a couple of slightly dim-witted and over-privileged teenagers go off on a voyage of self discovery? They spend far too much time worrying about their hair and their clothes, and seem to have no common sense whatsoever. And they get into ‘hilarious’ situations because they don’t think things through. But they know they…



“As in life, so in a game of hazard, skill will make something of the worst of throws.” Treasure Island. Heard of it? Of course you have. Read it? Quite possibly. But have you read Moonfleet? Possibly not. And that’s a damn shame. The gist The story revolves around John Trenchard, an orphan living in the village of Moonfleet on the…

East of Eden by John Steinbeck with quote and apples

East of Eden

“Now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” This quote from Steinbeck’s East of Eden has been hanging on my wall for the last five years. I came across it on Ebay, or Etsy or somewhere else, and being both a Steinbeck fan and a hopeless perfectionist, it speaks volumes to me. I am always putting…