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

Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

I really had to put in a lot of effort to finish Ducks, Newburyport. At 1000 pages, it’s four times the length of your average novel, yet made up only of a single sentence. The sentence represents the stream of consciousness of a middle-aged American housewife, with thoughts wandering from school shootings to her pie…More

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

I simply had to read The Vegetarian after coming across this glowing review, in which the author, amongst other high praise, declares it as “the best book I have ever read”. The story is set in modern-day Seoul and follows the reactions of various family members as Yeong-hye, the central character, stops eating meat following vivid, blood-soaked dreams…More