Miscellaneous

The London Book Fair (and London adventures!)

The London Book Fair is an event for people interested in publishing. It’s three days worth of events surrounding the publishing industry and the book market, things like workshops and discussion panels, and I was lucky enough to go this year. I also walked around London quite a bit and went to some bookshops, and I took a lot of pictures!

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Miscellaneous

It’s my blogiversary!

It’s March 29, which means that my blog officially turns one! I can’t believe I’ve been doing this bookish blogging thing for a year. I usually give up on projects after, like, two weeks. So this is really impressive to me, and the fact that so many people have walked this road with me makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Today I want to look back on what this blog started as and has become over time, and what I have achieved both blog-wise and in real life in the past year!

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Reviews

Book review: Kumkum Malhotra by Preti Taneja | Indian literary fiction

Kumkum Malhotra is the most beautiful book I have read in a while. It’s vivid and grotesque and it’s the book that managed to get me out of my reading slump. In only 47 pages, Preti Taneja manages to tell the story of a woman whose life is perfectly normal, perfectly respectable, and then changes so suddenly and in such unexpected ways that it will leave you speechless.

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University of East Anglia

LGBT+ History Month: event round-up!

This post is like a month late, but I still really wanted to talk about all the awesome events my university put on in February for LGBT+ History Month. It was an amazing program! I also took some really bad-quality photos throughout the month, so you can get an idea of what the event set-up was like.

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This one is a picture of our student union with all the lovely flags hanging down from the railing!

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Hauls

London book haul! (Gay’s the Word & Judd Books)

I’m finally back from London! The London Book Fair was amazing, and while I will definitely dedicate a whole post to what the event was like, I thought I would first share with you the books that I got in the big city! I only got one of these at the actual fair, because the LBF is mainly an industry event with workshops and panels for people who want to go into publishing or want to advance their publishing careers. But of course I couldn’t resist visiting some bookshops on my first ever trip to London – and this lovely haul is the result.

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Reviews

Book review: The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon | West Indian immigrants in 1950s London

Rating: ★★★★★

The Lonely Londoners is about a cast of characters who couldn’t be more different from each other. But they have one thing in common: they’re all West Indian immigrants living in London in the 1950s, trying to start their lives over in this strange new place.

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Discussions

Should minority students have priority in choosing their modules? {Discussion}

The time has come for us first-year students to start thinking about modules for next year, and this has brought up a lot of questions for me. I’ve thought about what my interests are, what direction I want my degree to go in, what texts I want to study – but it has also made me think about something more controversial.

There are a lot of modules in my university’s literature course that focus on minorities. We have modules on women writers, Latin American literature, African writing, and many more. There is one module in particular called Queer Literature and Theory, and it’s the main reason I chose to study at the University of East Anglia. This module is for third-year students, so technically I shouldn’t even be concerned about this until next year, but I started thinking: what if I don’t get it? It’s a very popular module, and a lot of students don’t get it because there are just too many who want to study that particular area. This is where my idea for today’s discussion post originated.

I want to make perfectly clear that the question here is not whether minority students stand above everyone else and get to pick their modules first, the question is whether minority students should have the right to get to do the modules that represent their culture, background, and identity.

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