Recommended Reads for 2021 – Diana Lizarazo

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Life of an International Master’s Student at UL

by Sandra Namirembe Nantumbwe

For many, the idea of studying abroad conjures hopes of new experiences, new memories, new friends and possibly a new language. But what is a typical day like when you get there? How much free time do you have to explore your new city? What are the classes like? Will the experience live up to expectations and be worth it?

Why I decided to study abroad in Ireland.

When I finished my undergraduate degree in Public Health in South Africa, I wanted to broaden my academic experience in a new perspective of health. After researching different countries, I fell in love with Ireland due to its academic reputation, the openness of the education system, the work opportunities after the program, research opportunities and the culture. I am now a MSc in Public Health student who absolutely loves the course for its teaching methods, diversity of colleagues and vast amount of knowledge and skills that can be applied.

What is a typical academic day and week like for you? How busy is your schedule?

My course is mostly online with physical workshop weeks every six weeks. While many may think this schedule would not be as demanding, I assure you, we are made very occupied with the daily lessons, reading materials, assignments and weekly quizzes. Despite the busy schedule, I would encourage you to make good friends to keep you motivated and focused.

Challenges of being a new international student

It always seems that postgraduate students have everything under control but trust me, I am still learning where most of the rooms and buildings are on campus, learning how to effectively use Microsoft Teams, sieving the important emails out of the thousands daily,how to use the buses, applying for part-time jobs and above all good time management. While it takes more time trying to figure everything out by yourself, it has been so helpful learning about the resources the university has on helping students’ transition and fit in. For example, LevUL-up courses, First Seven Weeks Instagram posts and the resources at the Glucksman Library. I have made the most of these and even found the time to do group aerobics sessions at the gym!

P.S. Does one really get used to the weather?

7 Tips to Keep Up With Studies

By Kaprissia Djuhadi

We are already in week 11, and most of us are going to face final exams soon. At the moment, it is most important to keep up with our studies. However, I find it very difficult to open that tab and review those course materials. I know some of you are also experiencing this. So, here are 7 tips that I find helpful to keep up with my studies.

1. Plan everything

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Planning helps us remember what we have to finish doing. So, make a weekly checklist of those things you have to accomplish during the week and do planning for the next day before sleep. For me, I use calendar marking for weekly stuff and post-its for daily checklists. Also, having a study schedule can help you organise yourself.

2. Fight laziness with routine

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If you consider yourself lazy, you may want to have a routine that you follow every day. For some people, a simple morning routine that is easy to follow can ‘wake’ us. Some examples would be getting dressed, setting up your desk, preparing a cup of coffee, or going to the library. It’s easier said than done, especially if you have lots of things piled up and you just want to procrastinate, but put the effort into it, and it will become a habit.

3. Change your study place

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If you find that you’re not studying effectively right now, you can try changing your surroundings. Find the environment that allows you to concentrate, whether it is a quiet or slightly noisy place, alone or with other people. When studying, it is best to remove all disturbances without hesitation. Do not ever listen to that devil’s whispers to keep a show or game open in front of you. Stop music if it grabs your attention more. You can also use screen-time or focus mode on your phone if needed,

4. Pay attention to certain subjects

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Do you find some lectures hard to understand or don’t make sense? Are you bored? Did you try, but you just can’t keep up? You might be terrible at a particular subject, and that’s fine. Pay attention to the remaining lectures and tutorials. If you are bored, you can look for motivation from outside the lectures. Revise more if you are falling behind. Spend more time on the tough modules so that you don’t fail them. Do sample exercises, watch videos, and read articles surrounding the material to get more understanding.

5. Seek help

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When you find yourself struggling, remember that there are supports to reach out to. Don’t be afraid to ask if you have a problem. Simply ask a friend. Or, if you need an expert, list all your questions and ask your lecturer or your advisor. If you have time, then you can do self-research by reading articles. Sometimes looking at real-world relevancy might help, so ask your lecturer about the significance and application of the lecture content to the real-life experience. Just in case you missed them, I also list some of the support service available within UL.

  • Writing: Regional Writing Centre
  • Maths: Maths Learning Centre
  • Science: Science Learning Cente (B0021A)
  • Mental health: counselling service (by phone)
  • Emotional and faith: chaplaincy service

6. Motivation

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Seeking motivation is not all useless. Those who are highly unmotivated may even abandon everything, and all previous hard work is wasted. This might happen when you think the lecture is too easy or that the lecture is too hard that you don’t feel like listening. In any case, motivation can be regained by looking at your long term goal. It can be to achieve high QCA so that you can get into your desired study pathway. You can aim for a scholarship. Or, you can do it to improve yourself. It can be anything. 

7. Take your time

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Changing habits takes practice, trial, and failure. Take one step at a time. Start with planning and following your schedule well. Then, proceed to find the most suitable study space, and so on. Remember to stay fit so that you have the energy to focus and continue studying.

These tips are all based on my experience as a first-year student, so one or two of the points above might not work for you, but hopefully, you get some insight into what you can do better. Good luck!

7 Reasons to live on Campus

By Ciaran Kelly

Transitioning to third-level education can be hard for some people and trying to decide where
you want to spend your time studying, relaxing, eating, and sleeping for the academic year
can sometimes be a challenging stage. So, to all prospective students and current students
thinking about living on campus next semester or next year… I invite you to read my top
seven reasons of why I think living on campus is great.

1.Make new friends…

Whether you decide to live on campus or not, UL is the perfect place to make new friends for
a lifetime. But living on campus is the perfect starting point to meet new people before you
even meet your new classmates (in Orientation week). The village management tries their
best to mix the houses so that you and your housemates are studying a variety of courses…
for example, I am studying German and I am living with a future engineer, an I.D. nurse, a
psychologist, a business-enthusiast, and a maths teacher. You will also find that most of your
housemates will be in the same year as you, so you get to settle in together. As well as
Campus Life Services, I also recommend Plassey Village for first-year students. Next, I will
describe the village events which are also a good method to make some new friends.

2. Attend village events…

Something I find beneficial from living on campus is having access to the organised events
specifically for on-campus residents. Each village has its own village hall with space to meet
your neighbours
, enjoy a few drinks and snacks, and have some good aul’ craic! Weekly
you will receive an email from the village event’s organisers with details of what is
happening and how you can get involved. The events are organised by the friendly village
management team who are on hand to make sure the events run smoothly. For example,
every week there is a HIIT Fitness Class in the sports arena for campus residents only. I
attended the HIIT Class with a few of my housemates and we had the best time ever. But
whatever the event may be, it really is a good idea to attend to meet new people or for you to
come to the realisation that you enjoy high-intensity fitness!

3. Accessibility…

One thing that is advantageous about the campus accommodation is that primarily all the villages are close to campus. Plassey, Dromroe and Kilmurry are by far the most
accessible if you are walking to and from campus during the day. It is also handy to live so close to campus because classes are sometimes spread out across the day, and it is quick to walk
home and grab a bite to eat before going back to the next class. Many of the campus villages also have bike sheds for you to store your own bike or for you to access a bicycle which you
can rent for free, cycling from a village to campus is super accessible and there are bicycle lanes in place throughout campus. A couple of my housemates and I have cars, but we find it much easier to walk to campus. Also, the parking facilities aren’t the best in UL and spaces are very limited. Another thing is the traffic can be ‘chock-a-block’ during peak times and you might find yourself sitting in traffic for five minutes. Another issue is the current roadworks which started at the beginning of the semester and cause delays for road users…

4. Experience living in the real world…

Living in student accommodation can be challenging for people who have been spoiled by
their mammies their entire life… me! But having the chance to experience living away from
your parents or guardians where you must fend for yourself is extremely practical. Think of
it as a trial run for doing Erasmus, getting a job in a new city, or eventually settling down
with your partner in a new home! College is the time to create your own recipes and not ask
yourself “How does my ma usually cook this for me?” … it is a time to learn how to turn on a
washing machine… how to use a sweeping brush… how to budget… and which brand of
toilet paper should you buy…

5. Feel safe and secure…

I must admit that since I started living on campus, I have never felt unsafe or thought my
belongings aren’t secure. The village receptions are open throughout the day where any
issues you might have can be reported to the village management team. The friendly village
management team are always available and whenever I had any issues regarding my house,
the village manager was always happy to solve the query. UL also has a security patrol unit
that drives around campus throughout the day. In the evening, seven days a week, there are
security officers that walk around the village ensuring that everyone is safe, no unwanted
visitors are walking around and that no loud music is playing (I’ll let you decide if the last
point is an advantage or not!). The front doors to the houses also lock automatically but you
must lock your own bedroom door when you are leaving the house.

6. Free Gym Membership…

If you are like me, you will be excited to know that you automatically are entitled to free gym
membership for the Sport’s Arena, if you are a campus resident. When I arrived in Limerick,
I was all set to activate my gym membership, create a fitness schedule and get cracking on
becoming a fit fanatic. It is currently week ten and I am still yet to create a fitness schedule
and book a gym session. Perhaps I will start in Semester Two… it can be my New Year’s
Resolution!

7. Everything is prepared for you…

Something that may contradict a previous point about living in the real world is that the best
thing about living on campus is that everything you might not think about organising will be
organised for you. Moving away from home can be stressful for some people so this is
something beneficial about picking on-campus accommodation as it is one less thing for you
to worry about. Your campus accommodation fees will include all the required bills that you
might not even think about. Electricity. Gas. Heating. Water. TV Licence. Internet. You name
them and all will be included. If there are any issues such as a broken door, cold showers or
you need a new light bulb, then the reception will organise maintenance to fix it for you. Even
when you run out of bin bags… guess what? You can get free ones from reception.

So, hopefully I have given you a great insight into what life is like living on campus at the
University of Limerick and perhaps you can now make up your mind whether you want to
live in campus accommodation or not… Click here to view the on-campus villages!

First Seven Weeks 2020 Recommended Reads

Girl, Woman, Other – Bernadine Evaristo

This is Britain as you’ve never read it.
This is Britain as it has never been told.

From Newcastle to Cornwall, from the birth of the twentieth century to the teens of the twenty-first, Girl, Woman, Other follows a cast of twelve characters on their personal journeys through this country and the last hundred years. They are each looking for something – a shared past, an unexpected future, a place to call home, somewhere to fit in, a lover, a missed mother, a lost father, even just a touch of hope . . .

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed – Jon Ronson

For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us – people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work. Once their transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane and the next thing they know you’re being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonized, something even fired from their job.

A great renaissance of public shaming is sweeping our land. Justice has been democratized. The silent majority are getting a voice. But what are we doing with our voice? We are mercilessly finding people’s faults. We are defining the boundaries of normality by ruining the lives of those outside it. We are using shame as a form of social control.

Simultaneously powerful and hilarious in the way only Jon Ronson can be, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed is a deeply honest book about modern life, full of eye-opening truths about the escalating war on human flaws – and the very scary part we all play in it.

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China – Jung Chang

An engrossing record of Mao’s impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love, Jung Chang describes the extraordinary lives and experiences of her family members: her grandmother, a warlord’s concubine; her mother’s struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parents’ experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution. Chang was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen, then worked as a peasant, a “barefoot doctor”, a steelworker, and an electrician. As the story of each generation unfolds, Chang captures in gripping, moving – and ultimately uplifting – detail the cycles of violent drama visited on her own family of others caught in the whirlwind of history.

Why I Am No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge

Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism. It is searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today.

The Wind That Lays Waste – Selva Almada

The Wind That Lays Waste begins in the great pause before a storm. Reverend Pearson is evangelizing across the Argentinian countryside with Leni, his teenage daughter, when their car breaks down. This act of God or fate leads them to the workshop and home of an aging mechanic called Gringo Brauer and a young boy named Tapioca.

As a long day passes, curiosity and intrigue transform into an unexpected intimacy between four people: one man who believes deeply in God, morality, and his own righteousness, and another whose life experiences have only entrenched his moral relativism and mild apathy; a quietly earnest and idealistic mechanic’s assistant, and a restless, sceptical preacher’s daughter. As tensions between these characters ebb and flow, beliefs are questioned and allegiances are tested, until finally the growing storm breaks over the plains.

Selva Almada’s exquisitely crafted debut, with its limpid and confident prose, is profound and poetic, a tactile experience of the mountain, the sun, the squat trees, the broken cars, the sweat-stained shirts, and the destroyed lives. The Wind That Lays Waste is a philosophical, beautiful, and powerfully distinctive novel that marks the arrival in English of an author whose talent and poise are undeniable.

A Strange Kind of Brave – Sarah Moore

Jake McCormack is the villain of Clanfedden. He’s just killed a boy – deliberately run him over with his truck, on the bridge, in front of everyone. And he knows he’ll get away with it.

Luca, 14, is the new boy in town. He’s just looking for a fresh start after a terrible thing that happened at his old school. Clanfedden is a small forgotten town, but Luca and his mum are going to give it a go. They’re opening an exciting restaurant, and his new friend Allie is coming to work there. Allie is honest and kind and Luca knows they’re going to be friends.

Allie has lived in Clanfedden all her life and these should be happy days – Luca is the best thing to have happened in years. But she’s haunted by shadows of her own, and more than anyone she knows the danger of Jake McCormack. She needs to warn Luca. She needs to prevent disaster. At least she needs to try…

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Leaning – Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III and Mark A. McDaniel

To most of us, learning something “the hard way” implies wasted time and effort. Good teaching, we believe, should be creatively tailored to the different learning styles of students and should use strategies that make learning easier. Make It Stick turns fashionable ideas like these on their head. Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners.

Many common study habits and practice routines turn out to be counterproductive. Underlining and highlighting, rereading, cramming, and single-minded repetition of new skills create the illusion of mastery, but gains fade quickly. More complex and durable learning come from self-testing, introducing certain difficulties in practice, waiting to re-study new material until a little forgetting has set in, and interleaving the practice of one skill or topic with another. Speaking most urgently to students, teachers, trainers, and athletes, Make It Stick will appeal to all those interested in the challenge of lifelong learning and self-improvement.

7 TIPS FOR DEALING WITH INSOMNIA/NIGHTMARES IN COLLEGE – BY MIKAYLA CURRAN LEAHY

Sleeping difficulties aren’t exactly uncommon amongst college students, whether it’s from late nights of partying, binge watching a Netflix show or pulling all-nighters to get that final assignment submitted by the deadline. But there’s a fine line between fatigue from poor choices and from general sleep disorders. As someone who suffers with vivid dreams and sometimes nightmares that make it sometimes impossible to sleep, I’m here to give you some of the tips and tricks that help me survive day-to-day without passing out from exhaustion.

 

  1. Make Time for Relaxing & De-stressing

This is one you’ve probably heard a hundred times before but trust me, making sure you have anything from 10 minutes to and hour to do something that keeps you calm or helps you to relax can have a MASSIVE impact on how well you sleep. Whether it’s reading a chapter of your favourite book or spending some time talking to your mates, taking some time to do what you love can help your body and mind to relax and, in turn, can make it easier to fall asleep.

 

  1. Put away your phone!

Our generation has a nasty habit of being glued to our phones. Come on, don’t deny it, we all know it’s true. We also have a habit of using our phones just before we go to bed and all I can say is, bad idea. The blue light from our screens triggers chemicals in your brain to keep you awake and alert, which is the exact opposite of what you need before bed. Try to limit your phone usage before you go to bed, maybe by not using it in the final hour before you go to sleep, and try to read a book or meditate instead. You’d be surprised how much it helps!

 

  1. Try not to eat or drink right before bed – especially caffiene!

All of us are guilty of some late-night snacking. Come on, it’s college and if we’re studying till 10pm at night, we’re obviously hungry and want a little treat after all our hard work. However, this can have an affect on our bodies when we’re trying to go to sleep. Our body’s are still digesting the food we just ate which can keep our minds alert and in turn, keep us awake. Try not to eat or drink caffeinated beverages after 6 or 7pm in the evening for a better nights sleep.

 

  1. Naps are okay – in moderation

Most people who struggle with sleeping at night (myself included) have a tendency to nap during the day, and naps are okay…in moderation. Some people nap during the day for hours at a time and then wonder why they’re wide awake at night unable to sleep. If you’re napping during the day, limit it to a 20-30 minute nap once a day. If you sleep any longer than this, REM will kick in and you’ll be left feeling even more tired than you were before you fell asleep.

 

 

  1. Wake up and go to bed at the same time each day

Routine is very important when it comes to getting a good nights sleep. I know some days you may have 9am lectures and the days you don’t or at the weekends you want a lie-in, and that’s okay! By all means, have an extra hour of sleep every so often but try not to stay in your bed asleep until 2pm. If your body associates certain times with sleep times, your body clock will adjust and release specific hormones to make you sleepy which, in turn, will help you to sleep.

 

  1. Limit your caffeine intake

While having a coffee in the morning or an energy drink at lunch isn’t all that bad an idea to boost your energy levels, having more than one dose of caffeine a day is what you should really limit yourself. Coffee and energy drinks aren’t the best sources of energy, nor are they the greatest for your health, and should be taken in moderation. And if you cant sleep at night, I wouldn’t recommend having an energy drink or coffee after 5pm in the evening. Yes, you may have them for pulling all nighters but please, for your own sake, don’t make those all nighters a regular thing!

 

  1. If it persists, ask for help!

If doing all this still leaves you tossing and turning in your bed at night with little to no sleep, then maybe it’s time to ask for help. Whether it’s turning to a friend, a parent, a member of staff here in UL or a doctor, every little helps! You’d be surprised how much talking to someone about it can help! Below are the times, locations and contact info for the Counselling Service and the Student Medical Centre here in UL, two facilities filled with people always willing to help a student in need!

 

How to Best Manage Your Time by Luke Hanley

A wise man once said….

“You should sleep twice as much as you work, work twice as much as you party and party as much as you can…”

This is quite a useful piece of advice that I have tried to follow in the past. You do not have to follow it to the letter, but it gives a good premise that we should value sleep above all else which we often don’t. One of the most sleep deprived people to exist is a college student and it is often sacrificed for things like study or partying. While both are necessary it is important to prioritise sleep as sleep is needed to function properly throughout the day.

Study is vitally important. Work incorporates study and other college aspects. The best way I have found to study and manage my time over the semester is to study small but often. Going over material covered in lectures the same day or evening and gradually going over material as it is covered is a far more efficient way to study rather than leaving it until the last couple weeks of semester. Simply spending 20 mins a day reading over material or going through past exams will ensure you are far more prepared for exams and don’t need to spend unnecessary amounts of time cramming the weeks or nights before.

With all this sleep and studying lark, you may be thinking “when will I be able to party?”. Well do not fear because all work, no play is no fun at all. To keep yourself healthy both mentally and physically, it is very important to do things that you enjoy for breaking up the work and college. It doesn’t matter whether it is a physical activity like a sport or just hanging out with some friends. This is needed to keep you healthy and motivated to continue working.

There is no set formula for time management and every person is individual. This means every person will have to find their own niche in which they can prosper and succeed. This may take a couple of weeks so don’t panic if you don’t get it straight away. The important thing is to keep with it and don’t panic.

7 Pretty Places to Walk in UL

  1. The Living Bridge

The walk across the living bridge is one of the most picturesque walks in the university. With a lovely view up and down the river, the living bridge is one of the most ideal places for pictures or even just a moment of quiet contemplation. There is also a lovely view of the White House and its garden from the bridge.

  1. The ul pitches

Coming from a different perspective, anyone who enjoys large open spaces will enjoy a stroll down by the UL pitches. These large, open fields are perfect for a pleasant walk with a pet or a friend.

  1. The riverside Path

The riverside path on the edge of UL is a gorgeous route that leads all the way into Limerick city. This amicable amble has beautiful views of the river and lovely sections where the trees running along the side seem to encroach on the path, almost forming a natural tunnel just for you. A pristine spot for walking a dog or having a casual cycle.

  1. The brown Thomas path

The path and area located just in front of the Brown Thomas statue is a very nice area for a wander around. It has beautiful flowers planted along its paths as well as an immaculate lawn which is very aesthetically pleasing. The architecture of the surrounding buildings is also something to appreciate while strolling here. The different variety of construction would be fascinating to anyone who has an interest in that field, and they do look rather pleasing to anyone who does not.

  1. Path To the flagpoles

Another genuinely enjoyable walk is the walk from UL to the flagpoles at the entrance to UL. This foliage covered path is a short, enjoyable amble out to the front of campus to visit the iconic UL flagpoles.

  1. Kemmy building path

The path that runs from the side of the kemmy business and out in front of the Schuman building is a very nice path to walk along. It has tree cover and goes by the fountains in front of the kemmy building. You probably won’t appreciate the beauty of it while running pat to get to your 9am that you’re already late for but its nice to just take a break and stroll along this path.

  1. The Whitehouse path

The paths through the gardens both in front and behind the White House are very pretty and enjoyable to walk through. With beautiful flowerbeds and trees, this path displays the true beauty of UL. A truly picturesque place to take a leisurely stroll.

 

Recommended Reads for 2019 – Laura McNamara

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The Great Unexpected – Dan Mooney

Through an unlikely friendship and an eccentric escape plan, two residents in a nursing home hatch a plan to escape the monotony of their day to day life. Filled with colourful characters, sparkling humour, and deep emotion, The Great Unexpected is the story of friendship, finding oneself later in life, and experiencing newfound joy in the most unexpected places. This book is sure to warm the heart, invoking a sense of empathy and hope as you engage with these captivating characters.

The Uninhabitable Earth – David Wallace-Wells

Inspired by the New York magazine article of the same name, The Uninhabitable Earth by Wallace-Wells outlines the future of our planet if we carry on living in the way which we do, as global warming continues to threaten our very existence. This book is sure to make you think deeply about the components that are tearing our planet down and hits you with the harsh reality of climate change. This frightening exploration of our possible future is sublime in arousing both fear and hope for what is to come.

Turtles All The Way Down – John Green

You may be familiar with the tales of John Green from The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska, which are among some of the titles that have dominated the young adolescent section of every library. This story centres on 16 year old Aza Holmes, a high school student with OCD and anxiety, and her search for a fugitive billionaire. The novel follows Aza’s journey with grief, budding relationships, and close friendships. Green takes on his own experiences with mental illness to explore the turmoil that such a life-affecting issue has on a person, as well as their ambitions and their loved ones.

Being Various – Lucy Caldwell

Don’t fancy committing yourself to a full-fledged tale? If so, this is the perfect read for you, as you are presented with a selection of short stories by various writers, from Keith Barry to Sally Rooney. Irish literature is currently in a golden age of writing, and Caldwell’s anthology explores a multi-cultural world view from a diverse range of writers and their experiences to piece together an array tales. This is the sixth volume of Faber’s new Irish short stories, which has had a long-running tradition of exploring the ever-changing lifestyles of different cultures from the world, with a deep-focus on the values of Irish literature.

What is the What – Dave Eggers

What Is the What is a 2006 novel written by Dave Eggers, based on the life of Valentino Achak Deng, a Sudanese child refugee who immigrated to the United States under the ‘Lost Boys of Sudan’ program. Although classed as a novel, this autobiographical text fuses fact and fiction to spark conversations on world issues while maintaining the integrity of the story’s truth.  Deng himself collaborated with Eggers to ensure that this store was not only factual, but could touch readers in a way that they could empathise and be inspired to reach higher goals despite strong adversities.

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Set in post-civil war Barcelona, we follow the journey of Daniel Sempre as he embarks on a mission to locate an elusive writer whose book has sparked mysterious schemes and dangerous associations, all while unravelling one of Barcelona’s deepest secrets. The novel is a story within a story, and promises a kaleidoscopic expedition for both the characters and reader alike. Although originally written in Spanish, this international bestseller transcends cultural barriers to explore a dark world that demonstrates the potential for a brighter life by the unyielding power of books.

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

If you haven’t read or at least made yourself familiar with what is probably one of the biggest novels of all time, then you need to buckle yourself up and oblige to this classic. Following the story of the intelligent, yet often prejudicial Elizabeth Bennett and the wealthy, prideful Mr Darcy, Austen explores the dynamics between social manners and pre-conceived ideas on others. This tale has spanned across generations of readers and has resisted the possibility of becoming out-dated as it explores relatable themes of love, society, and gender issues. It’s simply a must-read you need to commit to.

Spiderman: Far From Home Luke Hanley

spider-man-far-from-home-ending-explainedFar from home is the sequel to Spiderman: Homecoming, which was a box
office hit in the summer of 2017. For any of you who do not know, a spiderman
is a man who possesses the abilities of a spider and therefore makes him a
superhero.
This movie is very good for action and its plot is very involving and rarely
drags. The aspect that takes this movie to the next level for me is the
performances by the actors. Ok, so let’s talk about Tom Holland for a minute. I
believe Tom Holland is the perfect Peter Parker. Yes, better than Toby Maguire.
His portrayal of Peter is just such a perfect awkward teenager who has no idea
what he’s doing in any part of his life. Throughout this movie, Peter has to
choose between being spiderman and being with his friends, which is just
enhanced by the amazing performance of Tom Holland.
Tom Hollands performance also complimented
the performance of Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio. Now, we gotta talk about Jake
Gyllenhaal and his superb performance. I was very sceptical of this choice for
Mysterio, not because of Gyllenhaal himself, I just could not envision him in the
role. However, after seeing this movie, I would say there couldn’t have been a
better choice for Mysterio as Gyllenhaal is very compelling in the role. The
onscreen chemistry between Holland and Gyllenhaal is palpable adds to this
already fabulous movie.
As always, there is a post-credit scene in this movie and as always,
it is great. Without spoiling anything, this scene is a joy for any true spiderman
fan and it also includes a rather major twist. The movie is worth going to for the
post-credit scene alone but it helps that this is an excellent movie and I would
go as far as to say it is better than the first.
Rating: 9/10 webby bois.