The Aerialists by Katie Munnik

Cardiff’s “Fine Art, Industrial and Maritime Exhibition”, or the “Great Exhibition” for short , was held in 1896. It was a six month extravaganza that attracted millions of visitors and numerous acts, including jungle scenes with exotic animals; “moving pictures” (a rare and new technology for the time); 9,000-seat concerts; and more. Amongst the exhibition’s attendees was…More

Atomic Habits by James Clear

I often find myself setting lofty goals and resolutions for “the start of next week”, “the start of the month”, or “New Year’s day”. I imagine myself waking up and being a brand new person, someone who is suddenly capable of sticking to all manner of brand new and super healthy routines. In Atomic Habits,…More

Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder

Billed as “the only book on screenwriting you’ll ever need”, Save the Cat’s main focus is on structure. Snyder outlines specific “beats” or plot points that should be followed in any script, and argues that every great movie has a storyline that follows these exact same beats. The title itself, “Save the Cat!”, refers to…More

The Grief Recovery Handbook by John W. James and Russell Friedman

I was lucky enough to work with a grief recovery specialist recently, an opportunity offered by my workplace. The Grief Recovery Handbook was the basis of our meetings, with my “home work” being to work through its chapters and exercises. These were some of my points I took from the handbook: Loss and grief come…More

The House with Chicken Legs¬†by Sophie Anderson

I couldn’t put The House with Chicken Legs down. I found it to be such a unique, enchanting story, the type I aspire to write. It left my inner child bursting with joy. Based on Baba Yaga, a supernatural being from Slavic folklore, the House with Chicken Legs focuses, as many fairy tales do, on…More

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Nora Seed is a 35-year old woman who feels trapped and as though she has failed to achieve anything meaningful. At the end of her tether, she attempts to end her life and finds herself in the Midnight Library: Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on…More