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After several months of trial and experimentation, Bookshop.org has officially launched in the UK! Sure, you may not have heard of it til now, but give it a few weeks and no doubt this will be the website at everyone’s finger tips. Bookshop.org aims to provide significant financial support to independent bookshops across the country. The process is, in actual fact, surprisingly simple. Search for your book of choice and add to the basket If you have a preference, select a book shop you’d like the proceeds to go towards. Buy your next read! Now, your money will be paid…

“There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.” This is the opening line of Jane Eyre, the classic gothic romance novel written by the eldest of the three Brontё sisters, Charlotte. Words that ripple across time are incredibly rare, but in the case of the Brontё sisters, each line of prose is a whispered moment of three lives remembered, their circumstances (isolated in the Yorkshire Moors) oft-forgotten. Their names were Charlotte, Emily, and Anne. As the nights draw in and each day gets a little colder, mistier and vibrant with each shade of autumn, we are all in…

Photo by Steve Daniels (CC BY-SA 2.0) In a year of uncertainty, books have been a great comfort, solace and source of hope to us all. Alongside the wealth of books published over the past couple of months, a whole museum dedicated to our beloved tomes has been given a new lease of life. The Story Museum in Oxford re-opened on 24th October to much celebration, both locally and nationally, as previously featured on BBC News. A long-awaited renovation of the museum, which first opened in 2003, had to be suspended due to the UK Covid-19 lockdown; but now after…

The very mention of the name Agatha Christie holds authority over the crime genre, having penned 66 detective novels and 14 short stories over more than fifty years. Her popularity has endured to this day, entertaining readers for 100 years since renowned Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot appeared in print in October 1920. The book was titled The Mysterious Affair at Styles, and launched the career of the military nurse who we often associate with typewriters and twee chocolate box villages. But as those well acquainted with Ms. Christie will know, she was a keen explorer of human psychology and what…

Photo by Neven Krcmarek (CC-by-SA 4.0) It’s officially spooky season, and although we’d all love to spend this time having film nights with friends or exploring forbidden places, this year is certainly different to our usual Halloweens. Whether you’re confined to your flat or need a distraction from our chaotic world, gothic literature is always at its best in the autumn, when the leaves are dry, air is cold, and the days begin with an eerie mist rising. Grab a hot drink, a blanket, and dim the lights; our top five gothic recommendations will keep you cosy and on the…

As October dawns upon us, we may be thinking about one key event this month: Halloween. And while we do love Halloween here at Seren, we know that there is something more important in October: Black History Month. Following the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, we want to show you that Black History Month is not just this month, but every month. Now more than ever, it is so important to diversify our reading; to learn more about experiences and to hear the stories stemming from voices beyond our own. If you want to become more aware, as…

Image from Unsplash.com, (CC-by-SA 4.0) So you’ve arrived at University. Your bags are unpacked, you’ve met your new flatmates and you’ve found out when the bins are taken out. In other words, you’re all set! Whilst University involves a lot of reading and wider reading as part of your studies, amongst making new friends, joining societies, staying in touch with your loved ones at home and keeping on top of work, it can be hard to make time for reading for pleasure. Even the most unsociable student has a busy life! Bookworms always find this a big shock to the…

Photo by Lotteszka at Pxhere.com (CC0) By the time autumn comes around with crisp chilly air and falling leaves, the hushed whispers of Christmas begin to emerge. While this is certainly a year different from any other in living memory, the retail industry is now rather inconspicuously promoting the latest Christmas deals. The publishing industry does not escape this, and thus behold Super Thursday… Super Thursday typically occurs on the first Thursday of October, i.e., in this case, it would have been 1st October 2020. However, due to the elephant in the room that is the Coronavirus Pandemic, this was…

Image by Unsplash, CC-by-SA 4.0 Welcome to Bangor University! If you’re new, I hope you have a wonderful academic experience, and be assured that you’ve come to the right place for just that! If you’re a returning student – how lovely to see you again! Whether you’re old or new, after what has been a hectic year, we’re all going to be adjusting to life back on campus (and in our University bedrooms). No doubt this will be a shock to the system for us all, but to help you get reacquainted with University life, or to have a literary…

I first read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott when I was 10 years old. However, due to being so young and the language it used, I really struggled to read it. It also didn’t help that the book had been spoiled for me by an episode of Friends (if you’re a fan you know the one). Even though the edition I own is a beautiful one, first published in the 70s, I never had much motivation to read the book. As I got older, I started to read more classics, such as The Great Gatsby, Pride and Prejudice, and…

Fantasy is one of the most popular genres when it comes to reading and even if it’s not your favourite, you can guarantee that you have read a fantasy novel at some point. Whether it be the classic Lord of the Rings trilogy, along with other Tolkien works such as the Silmarillion, the collection of notes for the world of Lord of the Rings, or maybe you were a bigger fan of the Harry Potter series, having grown up alongside the characters. Whichever you prefer, this collection of recommendations may help with getting you into more fantasy series and growing…

With us already two months into 2020, you may have already started on your reading for the year, and if not, don’t worry; you have another ten months to do so. However, if you are like me and read a lot of books during the year (hoping you don’t get into a big reading slump) or just have a terrible memory, you can sometimes lose track of how much you’ve read so far in the year. So, here are a few suggestions on how you could track your reading this year. Goodreads: Goodreads is one of the most accessible ways…

The christmas period might be the time of the year where you love to pick up a new book and enjoy the atmosphere of christmas  or maybe you have a friend you loves to read around the festive period who would love to add a new book to their shelves that they can read this year, either ways christmas is a great time to settle down and find yourself some new books to read, with plenty of genres, which all have a little bit of Christmas magic. Curl up under a blanket, make yourself a hot chocolate covered with whipped…

If you are struggling to decide what to get for your friend or family members for Christmas, and if you know that one of the people close to you loves to read, here is a small collection of ideas that are a great gift for one of your bookish friends and family. Bookmarks As someone with an ever-growing collection of my own, bookmarks are a great gift for someone who loves to read – you can never have enough of them. Bookmarks can also be found anywhere in many different styles, such as: the magnetic ones that fold over the…

Erin Morgenstern returns with her second novel, The Starless Sea. One of the most anticipated releases of the year was finally released this month on the 5th November. Morgenstern is the author of The Night Circus, which debuted in 2011 and quickly became a national bestseller due to its whimsical setting and beautiful writing. Erin Morgenstern has enriched both the start and end of the decade with her rich prose and whimsical settings, that are characters of their own within the book.  The Night Circus (2011) The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there when…

Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins  Avg. Goodreads score: 3.79 This book follows Daisy Winters, an off-beat 16 year old from Florida. Daisy finds out that her sister, Ellie, has just gotten engaged to her long-term boyfriend, who just so happens to be the crown prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to be in the spotlight, but due to being the younger sister of the Prince’s fiancée, she becomes tabloid target number one. Due to this, she has been forced to join her sister Ellie in relative seclusion across the pond. To help with her image, dashing Miles has been…

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