Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Review

I enjoyed reading Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, as I found it thought provoking. This is one of the first classic books I’ve written about and I’m glad I started with Frankenstein.

It is a common misunderstanding that the ‘creature’ created in the story is named Frankenstein, however the scientist who created him is actually named Frankenstein. A large part of the book is his flashback. His creation is never given an actual name.

The characters were developed well and they were gradually phased out from the story, so towards the end most of the focus is on the monster and his experience of life and feeling rejected by humans.

“How much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to be greater than nature will allow” – Frankenstein

Personally, I feel that the reader is dissuaded from feeling any sympathy for Frankenstein or the monster, but is encouraged to see God’s creation of humans as superior to humans creations.

Review of The Sun is Also a Star

*no spoilers

Although it didn’t end the way I thought it would, it showed some interesting perspectives of love, life, being an immigrant and having your future decided for you.

Everything takes place within a day or two and the two main characters dialogue makes up a large part of the story. Between the story itself, there are chapters with additional information on cultural aspects of the characters, which adds context to what they are saying. With an interracial relationship as the focus of the story, there is Korean written in italics which is later explained in English.

Some of my favourite quotes from the book:

“The Sun is also a star, and it’s our most important one”

“Dark matter is love, it’s the attracting force”

It has humour but also deep discussions of fate, destiny, science and the meaning of family.

I enjoyed the book very much and would recommend it if you like love stories, or even just a good read while on the train.

    The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

FAQ’s

“after that there will be a”

How old are you?

19, Looking young for my age doesn’t help matters, but I am at University age now and no, I can’t seem to drink or go anywhere without being asked for ID.

What do you study?

I am a second year Journalism Student and I am currently studying Television News Production, Shorthand and Newspaper and Magazine production specifically.

What do you plan to do in the future?

I plan to become a news journalist in the future, but I will continue writing, photography and creative outlets.

What are some of your favourite bloggers, youtubers and social media content creators?

I enjoy watching IIsuperwomanII on YouTube, I find her comedy sketches to be funny and relatable. Shameless Maya is one of my favourites for wellbeing and ideas for creative blogs, pictures and editing. In terms of lifestyle, make-up and fashion advice I like to watch Patricia Bright.

Do you have any hobbies, what are they?

I enjoy reading, writing, blogging, photography, listening to music, cooking and dancing. I especially enjoy doing all of these things at once.*

What books are you currently reading and could you recommend any?

I am currently reading The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. After that there will be a book review on it and I will provide a reading list of books I recommend.

Do you have any favourite holiday destinations?

I particularly enjoyed my holiday to Egypt a few years ago, I have plenty of pictures of the pyramids and the weather was nice. I also enjoy holiday breaks within the UK, in places like Edinburgh (where I went for my 17th birthday) and Dorset, where I went this summer and wrote a blog post on the experience.

How long does it take to come up with blog ideas?

It can take a few weeks, actually. Sometimes I can think of lots and other times I can get indecisive about blog topics and writing ideas. I am planning more reviews, playlists as well.

Do you have any special talents?

No.

How long is it going to take you to focus on one topic on your blog?

It has been a mixture of subjects so far but the main focus of this blog will be writing skills. I will also post travel blogs on places I visit and book reviews as well.

xoxo

*I was joking.

Views from the Harbour

‘afterwards we took a short walk down Poole Harbour’

Arrival

In the past couple of weeks, I had the fortune of joining my mum on a long weekend visit to see her friends who live in Dorset, on the South coast of England. With me slightly unprepared for the lengthy coach journey, we boarded a coach setting off at 9 o’clock in the morning but did not reach Poole until around 5 o’clock in the early evening.

However, when we did it was very worth the while, we were greeted at the coach station by my mother’s friends, who then drove us to their extended Bungalow style home. Upon arrival, we were given a house tour, before unpacking and settling down for dinner. We were also introduced to their two cats Billy and Mila, who were brought from Brazil (and who also refused to sit still for a picture so I have no evidence of them.)

Fun-filled second day

Honestly it escapes me what time we began our journey, possibly around 10 o’clock. This was Saturday morning and we began by exploring Poole beach and the harbour. Unfortunately, we had just begun our walk along the beach when it began to rain, slowly at first and then pouring. So we raced back to the car and waited for the rain to layoff. Then we went on the ferry to take more pictures.

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After spending around ten minutes, we came off the ferry and went to Swanage, a coastal area, to take in the scenery and go for lunch at a local pub. The views of the ocean from the hills at this point were amazing, so we took pictures and videos here and I took a panoramic image of the Sea view from where I was standing. Afterwards we took a short walk down Poole harbour past a row of Yachts that have an estimated cost of over £1 million pounds to take pictures of them. A short while later we went for another walk around the park, which was beautiful with a fountain but had limited floral displays.

Sightseeing

The third day was more complicated, we started off going to Bournemouth beach and then we explored the views of Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Hengistbury Head, from which the Isle of Wight can be seen.

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We visited the beach huts along Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth harbour and Christchurch Priory and its ruins, before returning to the house for a late dinner.

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The final day

It was a much later start to the day and a longer breakfast than usual, we did not leave until around 10:30 and drove through Poole for a while, reflecting on the places we had visited. Then we looked at a final harbour nearby the coach station and stopped to take pictures for a short while, and to reflect on our journey. Unfortunately, we could not go the entire way so we returned back down the hill before leaving for the coach station.