Welcome to Books and Byline!

A young journalist’s paperless diary of bookish thoughts, wanderlust and lessons learnt while navigating a new chapter of life and livelihood.


  • March review

    March review

    As March draws to a close, a new season is beginning. Spring has sprung, so they say. ‘They’ being me, as I couldn’t be happier to see the longer days and warmer nights of the new season. Spring promises new beginnings, which is precisely why I am launching the latest addition to the blog –…

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  • Word on the Water: Bookshop Profile

    Word on the Water: Bookshop Profile

    Bobbing along the river Thames is perhaps the last place you might expect to find a bookshop, yet for London’s literature local Word on the Water, it appears that having three feet between its books and their potential watery grave just makes sense. And quite right too. I wandered down to Word on the Water…

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  • ‘Red Queen’ by Victoria Aveyard – Book review

    ‘Red Queen’ by Victoria Aveyard – Book review

    Date Published: 10th February 2015 Genre: Young adult fiction, Young adult fantasy, dystopian When I read it: 11th March 2023 to 12th March 2023 My rating: This YA fiction-fantasy has been on my watch list for a while now, but I’ve never taken the leap and bought it – that is, until last week, when…

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  • ‘Vicious’ by V.E Schwab – Book review

    ‘Vicious’ by V.E Schwab – Book review

    In most avenues of life, I often find myself as “late to the trend”. Discovering this book was no different. Originally published in September 2013, I’m almost ten years late to the trend. Although, I’m not quite sure 12 year old me would have liked this book as much as 22 year old me did……

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  • The Tower of TBR

    The Tower of TBR

    By definition, the word ‘habit’ means “a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.” For most, a habit looks like the first cup of tea or coffee in the morning or a little something sweet after savoury, and by all means, I do both. But for those with…

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  • Chapter One

    Chapter One

    And so it goes, a 21 year old girl with brown eyes and brunette hair stares at a blank screen, her mind whirling with possibilities for the perfect introduction. After a prolonged moment of indecision, accompanied by a few sips of the new chamomile tea she bought just an hour earlier, she tentatively places her…

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