clouds form at the bottom of the image with an orange glow above indicating it's sunset. the clouds clear, and above the orange glow is clear, blue sky which gets darker blue at the top of the image. in the middle are silhouettes of a flock of birds flying away, towards the horizon. There are nine birds in total at different distances to each other.

Time to put the phone away

I recently wrote about how always being connected to my phone is affecting my mental health. How always being switched on to current affairs is putting me at an all time low. As this is an issue that keeps on reoccurring, rather than just write about it, I decided it was time to do something about it.

Wooden planter that is placed on grass next to pavement slabs. There are small green plants coming through in the soil of the planter, in a row. The planter is rectangular. The planter has a sign attached above it. The first part is an illustration with an array of colourful book spines, one them says HAY, then KING, then ANTIQUES, then BOOKS, then the second to last book on the right says RIVER WYE. Above this is another sign with a black border which says in black - WORLD'S FIRST BOOK TOWN

Hay-On-Wye and the quest for prize winning books

Hay-on-Wye, the world’s first book town is a book lovers dream. Originally filled to the brim with a whopping 54 book shops, the number has now dwindled down to 26, with only about 15 currently open. There’s even a bookshop on the grounds of the castle!

Paperback copy of A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara on a grey tasseled blanket

Thoughts on A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Usually I struggle to write reviews for books, as I find it difficult to articulate my thoughts, themes and synopsis without going overboard on adjectives. As a way to develop my writing skills, I write mini reviews on Good Reads and apart from the times when I can’t be bothered, I have noticed an improvement. A Little Life has left me so conflicted that for the first time I actually have a lot to say about it.