tragedy paper

books the signs should read

aries: “13 Reasons Why” by Jay Asher

taurus: “The Geography of You and Me” by Jennifer E. Smith

gemini: “The Probability of Miracles” by Wendy Wunder

cancer: “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” by Ned Vizzini

leo: “The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer” by Michelle Hodkin ((its a series))

virgo: “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell

libra: “A Really Awesome Mess” by Trish Cook & Brendan Halpin

scorpio: “Memoirs of a Teenage Amensiac” by Gabrielle Zevin

sagittarius: “The Merciless” by Danielle Vega

capricorn: “Choker” by Elizabeth Woods

aquarius: “Glimmerglass” by Jenna Black

pisces: “The Tragedy Paper” by Elizabeth LaBan

all signs: “Crybaby- Digital Booklet” by Melanie Martinez (I’m not even sorry)

**You are by no means limited to just one sign, check all the books out!

books to put you in a winter mood

Literary Classics

  • The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare
  • “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Anderson
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Modern Literature

  • Tinkers by Paul Harding
  • Snowdrops by A.D. Miller
  • Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  • The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrad


  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Winter Moon by Dean Koontz
  • Icebound by Dean Koontz
  • The Terror by Dan Simmons


  • Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell
  • The Snow Garden by Christopher Rice
  • Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
  • Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg
  • Ice Hunt by James Rollins
  • The Witch Tree by Karin Kaufman
  • Snowfall by Sharon Sala

High Fantasy

  • A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
  • Godless World trilogy by Brian Ruckley
  • Sword of Shadows series by J.V. Jones
  • Icerigger series by Alan Dean Foster

Modern Fantasy

  • Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin
  • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  • Giants of the Frost by Kim Wilkins

Young Adult

  • His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan
  • As Simple As Snow by Gregory Galloway
  • The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
  • Snow-Walker by Catherine Fisher
  • Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

The realisation that whether I title this revenge tragedy paper “Matters of Blood and Connection” or “And Then the Murders Started” depends on the topic sentence. Otherwise it’s essentially the same paper.
(“And Then the Murders Started” has a better statement tho so I might just go with that. This scholarship blog still needs a name. If you have thoughts, let me know!)


Exam Term: Week 1 

Okay okay, so Week 1 hasn’t ~technically~ finished yet (our weeks here begin on Thursdays … so we’re only about halfway haha), but the prediction for the rest of the week is looking extremely monotonous and filled with revision, which means that I probably won’t be posting much as I go into ‘lockdown’ mode. 

But I’ve had an altogether happy start to what promises to be a hectic term: if any term begins with lunch with my best friend at The Urban Shed after an interesting lecture, then you know it’s going to be good. 

My exams begin on the 19th May, so I’ve been beginning revision and quote-memorising techniques (mind-maps work for me), mostly for the Tragedy paper at the moment. I’ve loosely planned out how I’m going to fit in everything else, but the term ‘loosely’ is very important to that sentence. Flexibility is best. As long as I have a tick-list of subjects to learn/revise, and this gets done by the time exam term starts, I’ll be happy. 

Yesterday, it was the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The day before, Friday, I had been to a second interview for the company I mentioned before, but had left feeling a bit downcast. So yesterday I felt a little ‘out of it,’ and decided to read Titus Andronicus (my favourite tragedy) in tribute to Shakespeare. There’s just something about this play I adore - adore seems like such a strange term to attribute when the play is so horrific, but I’m going to use it anyways. After I had read this, I actually felt like I wanted to study Tragedy, so dragged myself to the library to focus on some good, hard, work before getting a ridiculously early night. 

TODAY: Beyoncé released Lemonade, so obviously I have been listening to it all day (Sorry is my favourite omg!!!!). I had a productive morning of work, before going to the Girton College Boathouse on the River Cam to try my hand at ROWING for the first time (!) I’ve always wanted to give it a go, but never had the confidence to try before - but today I went & actually had such a wonderful afternoon. There was a moment where we were rowing beneath a willow tree, and the branches brushed against my head as we made calm strokes in the water, and it was honestly such a lovely moment. Afterwards, I didn’t feel very tired physically, so when me & my friend were leaving, I spontaneously decided to give her my stuff to take back to college, and I took the opportunity for a work out by running back to Girton College - it’s 2.5 miles away from town (I was in sports clothing after all, water bottle and all). Energy needed releasing, what can I say? 

I’ve had an busy, productive and exhilarating start to exam term. I think I have, finally, got the hang of this ‘Cambridge life’ thing. 

- Sarah 

Papercraft commission of Cygnus Hyoga from Saint Seiya! I loooove the blue starry paper. I wanna use it in everything.

Zodiac signs as small tragedies

Aries: Paper cut
Taurus: Allergies
Gemini: Texting the wrong person
Cancer: Crying in public
Leo: Something in your teeth
Virgo: A pebble in your shoe
Libra: A fight with your best friend
Scorpio: Yeast infection
Sagittarius: Existential crisis
Capricorn: Disappointing your parents
Aquarius: Disappointing yourself
Pisces: A bad dream

Sorry for the silence - holiday reading is currently underway (this is not even a fraction of the number of books I’ve been reading, I don’t know whether to be proud or to cry). 

I’m going to Spain on Wednesday for a week with my mother, so I’m currently deciding which books to bring with me to re-read. I’ve been reading a lot of theory over the past few weeks for my History of Literary Theory paper, so reading these should be a nice break, and I’m so excited to get some sun - I haven’t been on a beach holiday in years! 

(lol can u tell I am sitting the Tragedy paper)

- Sarah

Caro Duncan, È importante che tu sappia come sono andate esattamente le cose e perché. Qualcuno deve saperlo, qualcuno deve essere in grado di trarne profitto e non ripetere i miei stessi errori. Quello che stai per ascoltare, le parole, la musica, la storia della mia caduta e la parte che in questa caduta hai avuto tu, ti sarà molto più utile di quanto immagini. In realtà ti sto regalando il dono più grande che tu avessi mai potuto ricevere. In una parola, ti sto dando la base del tuo Compito sulla Tragedia. Tuo, Tim