Olea Corcoran

The world has many edges, and it's easy to fall off.

Travelling is great, but books, TV shows, movies, plays and music are other ways to see the world - sometimes a world that's impossible except in my imagination.



  • Northerner Abbey, Jane Austen
  • The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
  • The Crucible of Doubt, Terryl and Fiona Givens
  • The Full Cupboard of Life, Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Library of Babel, Jorge Luis Borges
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
  • All God's Critters Got a Place in the Choir, Emma Lou Thayne
  • Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson
  • A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Madeleine L'Engle


  • Black Books
  • Community
  • Call the Midwife
  • Firefly
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Daredevil
  • Breaking Bad
  • 30 Rock
  • The Walking Dead
  • Parks and Recreation

Silver Screen:

  • Beyond Clueless
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Divergent
  • Birdman
  • Big Hero 6
  • Tomorrow, When the War Began


  • Mad Max: Fury Drift
  • Pitch Perfect 2
  • Cinderella
  • Insurgent
  • Big Hero 6
  • Birdman

Read 2014:

  • Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg
  • The True Secret of Writing, Natalie Goldberg
  • The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Road, Cormac McCarthy
  • A Girl Named Zippy, Haven Kimmel
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  • The Fellowship of the Ring, JRR Tolkien
  • Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett
  • The Shining, Stephen King
  • The Heist, Janet Evanovich
  • Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
  • The Chase, Janet Evanovich
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler
  • A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
  • Magic Street, Orson Scott Card
  • Room, Emma Donoghue
  • Good Prose, Tracy Kidder
  • A Wind in the Door, Madeleine L'Engle
  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things, Patrick Rothfuss
  • Gift From the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • Tennis, Trigonometry, Tornadoes, David Foster Wallace

Read 2013:

  • The Diary of Adam and Eve, by Mark Twain
  • Bonds that Make Us Free, by C Terry Warner
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by Frank L Baum
  • The Farthest Shore, by Ursula K Le Guin
  • Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
  • Howl's Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones
  • The Other Wind, by Ursula K Le Guin
  • Charlotte's Web, by E B White
  • The Tombs of Atuan, by Ursula K Le Guin
  • A Wizard of Earths, by Ursula K Le Guin
  • Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
  • Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
  • Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak
  • The Hobbit, by J R R Tolkien
  • With the Night Mail, by Rudyard Kipling
  • Anne of Green Gables, by LM Montgomery
  • Daddy Long-Legs, by Jean Webster
  • Getting Things Done, by David Allen
  • Persuasion, by Jane Austen
  • Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen
  • The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss
  • A Game of Thrones, by George R R Martin
  • A Clash of Kings, by George R R Martin
  • A Storm of Swords, by George R R Martin
  • A Feast for Crows, by George R R Martin
  • A Dance with Dragons, by George R R Martin
  • The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
  • The City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau
  • The People of Sparks, by Jeanne DuPrau