I love a good family saga, a sprawling generational tale of several hundred pages that’ll keep me engrossed for days. I’m always on the lookout for ones that are set in different countries, so I was especially excited to pick up Pachinko, a supposed sweeping story about Korean immigrants living in Japan at the turn of the 20th century.
Have you ever been on the receiving end of the universally-hated interview question? You know the one: what would you say is your greatest weakness? We all react the same way: a bit of internalized dread and then we chance it. We’ll either embrace the cliché and turn a weakness into a strength (“I’m such a perfectionist, you have no idea”), we’ll lie and bring up a meaningless weakness (“I just cannot resist a piece of cheese!”) or we’ll summon our courage and share one of our greatest vulnerabilities to a complete stranger. It’s incredibly hard to do, but what we should remember is that, for any interviewing business worth its salt, the honest and most human admission of weakness should be the very thing that earns you the job. Continue reading
Hello book lovers, would you like to win a new edition of ‘The Bone Season’ by Samantha Shannon? It’s the first instalment in one of my favourite dystopian book series, and I’ve got two copies up for grabs! The giveaways are being held on Twitter and Instagram, so go check out my accounts to enter! (@tesscatiful)
The competition closes on Wednesday 22nd February and is open to U.K. entrants only (sadly!). Winners will be announced on my respective social media platforms shortly after the closing date.
Best of luck!