Hamlet: My Favourite Quotes

I recently had the pleasure of reading what is perhaps the most famous of Shakespeare's tragedies, Hamlet (you can read my review of this play here). Whilst I was reading it, I couldn't stop myself from dwelling on the beauty of its language. I have now read a number of Shakespeare's plays, from Romeo and Juliet to The Taming of... Continue Reading →

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Down the TBR Hole #5

Down the TBR Hole is a blog meme begun in 2016 by Lost in a Story. It's a fun way of organising your bookshelves, asking you to separate the books you actually want to read from those you added to your TBR list because you thought you probably should. Rules: Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf. Order... Continue Reading →

“Landfill”: Book Review

Pub Date: 2018. ISBN: 978-1-908213-62-4. Publisher: Little Toller Books. In a diary entry published in March 2010, birdwatcher and radio producer, Tim Dee, stated that "birding ... has the intensity of first love." Author of The Running Sky (2009) and Four Fields (2013), Dee has spent his life studying and cataloguing the behaviours of birds.... Continue Reading →

Book Awards: What’s the Point?

There are now only two, short days remaining before the judges of The Man Booker Prize 2018 announce the winner of this year’s competition. This means that, after months of waiting, the author of one of the six shortlisted titles will be walking away with one of the most prestigious literary awards available to the... Continue Reading →

My Week in Review

In case you've missed any of my blog posts this week, or would like to know what I've been up to since last Sunday, here's a brief overview: My Blog Posts This Week: Reading Challenge: October 2018. My Monday Message: "Breathe" by Kate Pullinger. Book Review: "Breathe" by Kate Pullinger. Mini Book Review: Some Trick by Helen DeWitt.... Continue Reading →

“Some Trick”: Mini Book Review

Pub Date: May 29th, 2018. ISBN: 9780811227827 Publisher: New Directions. In a somewhat ambitious critique of the publishing industry, Helen DeWitt’s Some Trick attempts to convey her personal frustrations through the mode of the short story. From poverty-stricken artists to a musician desperate to maintain his dignity, DeWitt’s characters reflect the struggles that she, herself... Continue Reading →

Blog Update: One Useful Blog

At the start of the summer, I wrote a post explaining how my blog had helped me to secure an internship. Back then, I was amazed at how something that I genuinely enjoy doing had actually become useful for a purpose beyond simply sharing my thoughts. Well, it's happened again. You may or may not... Continue Reading →

My Monday Message

Welcome to another of my Monday Message posts! Our quote for this week comes from a book that I am currently reading: Some Trick by Helen DeWitt. What was remarkable was Mlle Matsumoto's ability to realize the impossible, to transform a percussive instrument into one which had the fluidity of voice. Some Trick is a curious collection of... Continue Reading →

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