Do you dare?

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?

The matter of size

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

Building excitement

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

Unaccustomed Earth

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