About Me

What is it with me and trees?

First of all - you'll notice both my blogs have 'tree' in the title. Do I have a weird tree obsession? Yes. Not exactly. My name is Katrina but since I was younger my nickname has been Tri or Trihead (variations include Triborg, Katreetree, Christmas Tree etc.). This is probably largely to do with my height (am 6ft and was always the tallest in my school!) but I always liked it cause it was different to what you'd expect - probably a bit like me. Tall, a little shy, a little goofy, but very passionate and hopefully with a good dose of integrity and determination. I am conscientious, thoughtful, sensitive (sometimes too much of all of these) and love books and literature above all. Writing and reading have always been my thing. I love being creative so I am also into art, music (lyrics), design and... football! I live, breathe and play football! I am now in my early twenties and trying to influence the world in the areas I care about most.

What makes me different?

Everyone's different. I guess I've had a varied and unusual life, had to grow up very fast (did literally grow upwards fast) and it's all contributed to how I read things and how I think. I have been at boardings schools and lived in places as varied as Saudi Arabia, Libya, Milan and Canada. The act of reading has been scientifically shown to foster empathy and understanding and these are now deeply ingrained in my being, along with an appreciation of other cultures and ways of writing and thinking from all over the world. I like books that challenge me, that make me think, or that connect with my insecurities or thoughts (themes of mental health - depression/anxiety, growing up etc.).

The books that changed me

The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged and Anthem (read with an open mind) by Ayn Rand
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
L'Etranger (and everything) by Albert Camus
Middlemarch, The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
1984 by George Orwell
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
The Humans by Matt Haig
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Watchmen, V For Vendetta by Alan Moore
Animal's People by Indra Sinha
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Hunger Games Trilogy (especially Mockingjay) by Suzanne Collins
The Bell Jar, Ariel by Sylvia Plath
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Poetry by Emily Dickinson
Poetry by Charles Bukowski
and many more...

Reading = Empathy

Contact me on here or on Twitter at @trinort04


  1. I love meeting people with such a love of reading and literature. You have a great blog!!

    1. Thank you! It's lovely to hear that. I have just followed yours :-)