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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Opening Lines

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: Opening Lines  It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. – Pride and Prejudice… Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Opening Lines

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Book Review: Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-joo

Title: Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 Author: Cho Nam-joo Translator: Jamie Chang Publisher: Scribner UK Date: 2020 (2016) Genre: Contemporary Fiction Summary: Kim Jiyoung is a girl born to a mother whose in-laws wanted a boy. She is a sister made to share a room while her brother gets one of his own. A female preyed upon by male… Continue reading Book Review: Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-joo

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First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a weekly feature hosted by I’d Rather Be at the Beach where you share the first paragraph or two of a book that you’re currently reading or planning to read soon. Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth Paragraph one: Having, out of friendship for the family, upon whose estate, praised be… Continue reading First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth

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Books I’d Recommend from my first Classics Club List

Between April 2017 and April 2020, I read 50 classic books for the Classics Club Challenge. I’ve just started a new challenge so I thought I’d share my favourite books from my first list. These are the books I’d most recommend from my first Classic Club list… The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon This was my… Continue reading Books I’d Recommend from my first Classics Club List

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Shakespeare Saturdays: Exploring the Shakespeare Apocrypha

What is the Shakespeare Apocrypha? It’s a list of works that could be by Shakespeare but scholars aren’t sure. So they’re Shakespeare-adjacent or almost-but-not-quite-Shakespeare or definitely–not-Shakespeare-but-some-random-guy-once-said-they-were. Some of these works were printed anonymously, others may have been collaborations, and some are lost forever (unless someone finds a manuscript hiding in an attic somewhere). Personally, I’m… Continue reading Shakespeare Saturdays: Exploring the Shakespeare Apocrypha

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Book Review: The Old English Baron by Clara Reeve

Title: The Old English Baron Author: Clara Reeve Publisher: Oxford University Press Date: 2008 (1778) Genre: Gothic / Classic Summary: When Sir Philip Harclay returns to England after a long absence, he finds that his childhood friend, Arthur, Lord Lovel, is no longer alive, and that the castle and estates of the Lovel family have twice changed hands. But a… Continue reading Book Review: The Old English Baron by Clara Reeve

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Mini Book Review: The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

Title: The Light Fantastic Author: Terry Pratchett Publisher: Corgi Date: 1986 Genre: Fantasy Summary: As it moves towards a seemingly inevitable collision with a malevolent red star, the Discworld could do with a hero. What it doesn’t need is a singularly inept and cowardly wizard, still recovering from the trauma of falling off the edge of the world, or a… Continue reading Mini Book Review: The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m No Longer Interested in Reading

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 supposed to be the ‘last 10 books I abandoned’ but I generally don’t DNF books (although I should do that more often) so I’ve gone for 10 books I’m… Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m No Longer Interested in Reading