The Weekly Reader: 28/08/13

I cannot believe that I am about to say this, but welcome to the final August edition of The Weekly Reader. Where has the month gone? Yet what a wonderful month it has been (particularly the post-dissertation part.) The British population has had enough barbecues and glasses of Pimms to ensure that summer memories survive through the impending winter months. I, for one, hope that August has provided you with ample reading opportunities and I am glad to hear that my reviews have provided some inspiration. With winter approaching, it is time to start collecting your stack of winter reads – for those evenings by the fire (or, in my case, storage heater) with a steaming cup of hot chocolate. But, before we get too ahead of ourselves, we must return to the order of the day…


‘So You Hate Short Stories?’ – Book Riot

“It’s time to start punching people in the mouth, every week, with literature.” Sentiments that I share wholeheartedly. This article is a fantastic reflection on the joys of short stories as told by Jacob Tomsky, founder of Short Story Thursdays (SST). He details the origins of SST as a product of his detested front desk job at a hotel. Looking to inspire and develop a love of short stories in his colleagues, Tomsky’s SST became a way of allowing exploration of literature for those who believed themselves incapable of literary appreciation. Since leaving his job, Tomsky has turned SST into a virtual organisation, dispatching weekly short stories to those signed up. His passion for the project is astonishing and utterly worthy of celebration.

‘Three Bookshops Had A Twitter Fight…And It Ruled’ – Buzzfeed

Despite setting up my own Twitter account at the time that this blog was conceived, I still have little (or no) idea as to its precise purpose and appeal. That was, until I came across this article from Buzzfeed. Watch as Waterstones, Foyles, and Blackwells engage in a war of words. Or ‘the reason why UK booksellers are fantastic’.

‘From Austen To Zola: An Introduction’ – The Riveter

I spent some time debating whether this could be included without looking like shameless self-promotion. Not possible. But I have included it anyway. For those of you following me on Facebook or Twitter, you will already know that I have had the extreme good fortune to land a job as the weekly literary columnist for The Riveter Magazine. If this blog isn’t enough to make you truly sick of me, take a look at From Austen To Zola. The column will deal more in topical literary issues but you can expect to see some new reviews and interviews included along the way. Do spend some time browsing The Riveter’s articles. The publication looks to centralise and celebrate female longform narratives – a worthy goal, as I am sure you will agree. And I am extremely privileged to be part of such an amazing team!


Having spent the bank holiday weekend exploring the wonders of Blenheim Palace, I am in a romantic mood. What better time to celebrate the love of my life? Yes, that’s right. Welcome to Book Fetish: The Mr. Darcy Edition.

‘Mr. Darcy Proposal Scoop Neck T-Shirt’ – Brookish

“In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” Sigh.

‘I Love Darcy Tote Bag’ – The British Library

Because truer words have never been written.

‘Mr Darcy Decoration’ – The British Library

The Christmas displays are emerging even earlier this year. Why not go with it and be prepared for the best kind of Christmas? This Mr. Darcy Christmas Tree decoration will guarantee you the best of celebrations.

And our weird item of the week…

‘Mr. Darcy Westie Breed’ – Beaumont Studio

For those who would wish to combine a love of Mr. Darcy with a love of dogs.

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