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Shakespeare Saturdays: Richard II

Welcome back to another Shakespeare Saturday! This week, I’m looking at Richard II which is a play that I find simultaneously boring and fascinating. Well done to Shakespeare for inspiring that combination of reactions from me with a single play. Is this the first Shakespearean History I’ve ever tackled on the blog? I think it… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Richard II

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Book Review: The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio

Title: The Decameron Author: Giovanni Boccaccio Translator: Guido Waldman Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2008 (1353) Genre: Classics / Novellas Summary: In a country villa outside the city, ten young noble men and women who have escaped the plague decide to tell each other stories. Boccaccio’s skill as a dramatist is masterfully displayed in this virtuoso performance of one hundred… Continue reading Book Review: The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio

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Book Review: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Title: East of Eden Author: John Steinbeck Publisher: Penguin Date: 2017 (1952) Genre: Classics / Historical Fiction Summary: California’s fertile Salinas Valley is home to two families whose destinies are fruitfully, and fatally, intertwined. Over the generations, between the beginning of the twentieth century and the end of the First World War, the Trasks and the Hamiltons will helplessly replay the… Continue reading Book Review: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

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Shelf Control #2 – Howards End by E. M. Forster

Shelf Control is a weekly feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. It’s a celebration of the unread books on our shelves! This week I’m featuring a book that has been on my shelves for a couple of years. Howards End by E. M. Forster Summary: A chance acquaintance brings together the preposterous bourgeois Wilcox family… Continue reading Shelf Control #2 – Howards End by E. M. Forster

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Recent Additions to My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was previously hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is: Ten Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelves but this is actually a list of the ten most recent books I’ve added to my TBR since I have only bought two… Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Most Recent Additions to My TBR

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Book Review: The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon

Title: The Pillow Book Author: Sei Shōnagon Translator: Meredith McKinney Publisher: Penguin Classics Date: 2006 (c.1002) Genre: Classics / Non-fiction Summary: Written by the court gentlewoman Sei Shōnagon, ostensibly for her own amusement, The Pillow Book offers a fascinating exploration of life among the nobility at the height of the Heian period, describing the exquisite pleasures of a confined… Continue reading Book Review: The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon