My name is Clara, I’m 27 years old and originally from a small town in Germany.
I moved to London in 2009, which has become my home over the years. Since then, I’ve graduated with a Master’s Degree in Theory and History of International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE), started a career in communications and lived in New Delhi, Brussels and Cork for a few months.
I recently decided to pursue two passions of mine – horse riding and fitness. I’ve worked in several riding centres and now work as a qualified Personal Trainer in London. My plan is to travel to as many places as possible, continue my studies and write stories of my own next!
My passion for reading and literature has remained a constant throughout the years. One of my first memories is of my mum reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to my sister and me. I’ve been hooked on books ever since, and Harry Potter is still my all-time favourite – I read the whole series every year!
To me, reading is not only a way to relax, it’s also a way to reflect. I love books because they always tell me something new – whether that’s about myself, other people or the society and world we live in.
About the Blog
With this blog, I want to share my passion for reading, inspire others to read more and shed more light on books written by women. Why I want to do that – focus on female writers specifically – I’ve explained in a different post.
It’s not the aim of this blog to discuss the books, writers and their background in every detail (although I could – I tend to over analyse everything, so I actually have to hold myself back from writing more most of the time). Rather, I want to share my thoughts and opinions on certain aspects, story developments and characters. The majority of my posts will most likely be a mix of reviews and analyses and they won’t follow a set structure. The posts will cover what some people might call an odd range of books and writers. However, I simply want to write about those books that I particularly enjoyed or that I found particularly thought-provoking.
I’m not going to review writers that are very famous already (Virginia Woolf, for example). These writers have already been written about extensively and I don’t think I could add anything new. There is one exception to this rule: Harry Potter. It is not only my favourite book of all time, I also have much to say about it. I’m not planning to review Harry Potter, however, rather I will pick certain themes and topics and discuss them individually.
There is one other exception: non-fiction. I will choose the books I review by topic and not by gender of the writer. This is because I’m only interested in certain topics – for example modern European, African or Middle Eastern history, which I studied as part of my degree.
Moreover, I will use the term ‘book’ for everything – novels, memoirs, short stories, poems, articles and academic texts. This is for consistency reasons as well as to avoid confusion, but, mainly, to make it easier for myself. The same applies to the term ‘writer’ which I will use throughout my posts (instead of, for example, author or poet).