Today I’ve been prioritizing reading over writing but someone thought she might take advantage of it being a quiet night and pop up to say hello! Allow me to introduce the transversal geodesic round these parts, otherwise known as Lil-Pups. LP would like it to be known that she is a big fan of books, … More Word of the day is …dog!
Following Annabel’s lead, I’m all signed up for The TBR Triple Dog Dare. From the beginning of January to the end of March, I shall be reading only books already on my shelves. I have previously only undertaken reading challenges on LibraryThing so this will be something new. And sorely needed, let me tell you! … More Do you dare?
Today’s post is a short one about long books. There’s been a lot of talk recently at The Guardian about long books. Back in October, they published their list of the ten best long reads, followed a week later by a list drawn up from readers’ suggestions. Today, it’s all about Aristotelian poetics and the … More The matter of size
The film of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be released here on Thursday and my brother and I are going to a ‘midnight and a minute’ showing tomorrow night, preceded by a screening of the first film. I’m really looking forward to it. It’s been one of those kind of weeks and it’s only … More Building excitement
I haven’t been blogging long enough to be sure but it seems to me that the main risk in taking time to write about books is that you spend less time reading them. When I, for whatever reason, find my reading tempo slowing down, I’m usually particularly susceptible to lists. Lists of best books, favourite … More When the going gets tough…
In yesterday’s post, I mentioned Jhumpa Lahiri’s short story collection Unaccustomed Earth. I love the sound of that title, the drawl of the vowels on my tongue. The words themselves come from Nathaniel Hawthorne, more specifically from The Custom-House, the introduction to The Scarlet Letter. Lahiri chose the following section as the epigraph to her book: “Human nature … More Unaccustomed Earth
A few years ago, I was on a lovely holiday in southern Spain. We’d clocked up a fair few miles on the rental car, sights had been seen, postcards had been written. For the last week of our break we were staying in a gorgeous hotel with no more detailed plans than to eat our … More Recent Reading: The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri