In January 2016 I decided to take part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge for the first time. I set my target to 71 books based on my reading patterns from the previous years when I used to write down all the books I read in a notebook. To my surprise, when I checked my Goodreads account yesterday, I had managed to read 100 books! A few of these books were graphic novels, and I think it also helped that I was completing a Literature Masters degree and had to read books for my courses, so thanks to that I was able to read a lot more than I thought.
I’m currently on holiday in Krakow, Poland, and so far it’s been pretty amazing. Not only is the city beautiful and full of history, but there are also lots of bookshops! As you can probably expect, I’m having a brilliant time 🙂
In May 2015, I wrote a blog post on my old blog, Me, My Books, and I, about reading world literature. In that post, I admitted to the fact that my reading adventures were typically confined to the Western canon, and I discussed the benefits of branching out and reading the world. At that point in my life, I felt like I had managed to read a fair few authors who were not British or American, especially when I compared myself to my peers.
Since a year has passed, I thought it would be apt to look back and see if I have improved upon my world reading journey.
So, I watched Ant-Man recently and loved it! Not just because I’m a massive Marvel fan, but also because I really enjoyed noticing the similarities between the movie and Matheson’s The Shrinking Man. I wrote a review on the novel a while back (which you can read here) and I was a little surprised to see so many connections between the two. The Ant-Man character was first introduced in Marvel comics in 1962, five years after Matheson had published his novel (1957). One of the first things I noticed, then, is that the main character in both the novel and the film have the same first name: Scott. Coincidence? I think not. Continue reading
As today is International Women’s Day, I thought it would be fitting to post about some of the great women who inspire me. Due to the focus of this blog, I’ve decided to stick to women in the fields of literature and science. So let’s get started! Continue reading
Hello. My name is Zahia. I am 22 years old and I read young adult and children’s fiction.
There. How’s that for a big literary confession?
It’s true though. I am a big fan of young adult (YA) and children’s fiction! I always have been, and I probably always will be. Oh, and I don’t care who knows about it either. I find the stories easy to read, entertaining, and exciting. Often, when I’m in a bit of a reading slump, picking up a YA or children’s book quickly puts me back on the reading track. Continue reading