The Blogger Behind the Books

So I don’t often post about myself on here (read: never), although I do slip some personal anecdotes into my reviews from time to time.

Nevertheless, I thought it was high time I shared a little more about your esteemed blogger. So welcome aboard, it’s time to talk about me, me, me!

My name is Hannah. I’m twenty-something. (Practically over the hill, in blogosphere terms.) Cape Town born and bred. (Such an odd saying. Really, I don’t ever plan on breeding.)

It’s a city of contrasts. Lavish homes a stone’s throw away from shacks made out of pieces of corrugated iron. Hipsters and edgy coffee shops and uber existing in the same space as poverty and racism and crime. The American embassy is next door to one of the country’s most notorious prisons, which is really representative of the irony.

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Things I like: dark chocolate. peanut butter M&Ms. feminism. pilates. driving fast. golden retrievers and labradors. documentaries. Jack Daniels. things shaped like other things. nautical décor. witty facebook statuses. karma. stuff from Lush and Typo. war poetry. basil pesto. current affairs. good books with happy endings. good books with sad endings. good books. good people.

Things I’m interested in: issues of social justice. sustainability. politics. environment. the literary world. languages. mental health. gender issues.

Places I have been: London. Amsterdam. Paris. Lucerne. Verona. Venice. Graz. Zell-am-see. Rothenberg. Prague. Marseille. Nice. Cannes. Avignon. Johannesburg.

Favourite movies: The History Boys. The Hunger Games. Paris Je t’aime. Little Miss Sunshine. Inception.

Favourite tv series: Boston Legal. My Family. Brooklyn 99. Fresh Off the Boat. The West Wing. QI. Mr Robot.

Music: Of Monsters and Men. Jack Johnson. The Lumineers. Seafret. Halsey. George Ezra. And when I’m at the gym, I love ALL THE TRASHY POP SONGS.

Lactose intolerant. Introvert. Eco-warrior. Anxious. Chronic fatigue. Permanent existential crisis.

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Things I struggle with: bad skin. being more sensitive to other people’s feelings. avoiding speeding fines. reigning in the snark. eating healthily. holding a plank. the imperfect tense in french. updating this blog regularly. figuring out what to do with my life.

Book stuff: I like romance in my books, but I don’t like romance-genre books. I don’t read as much literary fiction as I probably should. I can handle psychological thrillers, but physical violence, gore, horror and creepy supernatural stuff is not for me. I find the more I read classics, the easier they become to read and enjoy. I’ve fallen a bit out of love with YA at the moment. I generally prefer urban fantasy to epic high fantasy. I’ve had a bit of a crime novel binge this year. I really enjoy transnational fiction, i.e. not Western, and really want to get back to reading more of it. In short, my tastes are all over the place.

I have neither the time nor the energy to work on this blog as much as I would like, but I treasure the discussions that I get to have with you all, and have discovered so many new favourites from your reviews and recommendations.


6 thoughts on “The Blogger Behind the Books

  1. Best post I’ve read in a long while, Hannah my friend 🙂 Too bad you’re way over there (!), it’s unbelievable how much we’ve got in common – I think I’d like to take you out for coffee sometimes (were I not way over here…) and pick your brains about this and that… If you’re ever in or around Bucharest or, occasionally, Plymouth (UK), give us a shout. BTW, I was sure you were English!


    1. Aw, thank you for the most lovely comment! If I’m ever in your neck of the woods, I will definitely give you a shout! I would love to meet you in real-life and chat, I find your blog posts equally as fascinating! ❤


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