When choosing a name for your first blog, I’ve discovered that it seems to just come to you. It doesn’t have immense amounts of reasoning or consideration behind it, but it simply means something to you.

Last week I finished university for the summer, which means I have absolutely nothing on my agenda until October – crazy! Yes, I’ll read insane amounts, travel a bit and socialise, but I want to do something with meaning and purpose behind it. A blog should satisfy that, I think.

I’m a student of English and Spanish at university, and have always been guided and helped by what I’ve read. Epictetus tames my control-freak alter-ego somewhat, Dostoevsky implies that craziness is all too common, and Dickens adds so much depth to the people I pass in the streets. This blog will be a way to explore the impact of literature on my past and present, and also see how it is influencing my direction in life. I’m not sure if anyone will read this, but I hope they will.


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