Happy Halloween, my darlings! I can't say that I'm a huge fan of Halloween, for the same reason that darkness gives me the heebie-jeebies. A day devoted to scary stuff is not quite up my alley. But after living in the US - and now being engaged to an American - it's become more difficult … Continue reading Happy Halloween!
Happy Thursday, all. This week has seen me immersed in #97 of the TIME 100 Novels - the 700 page epic A Dance to the Music of Time: Spring by Anthony Powell. The beauty of this reading challenge is the great exposure it provides to books that wouldn't otherwise be on my radar. As someone … Continue reading The Weekly Reader: 09/07/15
Welcome to your one-stop shop for literary updates! Here I review the week's top articles, preview upcoming events, and give a shout out to the best in literary paraphernalia. Enjoy! Articles 'Hearing Words, Writing Sounds: Examining the Authors Brain' by Richard Lea (The Guardian) Ever wonder what happens in the brain when writing or reading fiction? … Continue reading The Weekly Reader: 02/07/15
Welcome to another week! Following my decision to work through Time's Top 100 Novels, I have been spending all of my spare time with my head in books. And it has paid off! I have just wrapped up #98 and am ready to conquer #97 - the intimidatingly lengthy A Dance To The Music Of … Continue reading Monday Musing: 29/06/15
"One heart is not connected to another through harmony alone. They are, instead, linked deeply through their wounds. Pain linked to pain, fragility linked to fragility. There is no silence without a cry of grief, no forgiveness without bloodshed, no acceptance without a passage through acute loss. That is what lies at the root of … Continue reading Review: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
The Summer Solstice has been and gone, ushering in what will undoubtedly be a beautiful season of sunshine. To mark the beginning of the summer with appropriate attention to literary feats, I announced last week that I am committing myself to a new reading challenge - working my way through Time's Top 100 Novels. I … Continue reading Monday Musing: 22/06/15
Hello friends! I've been spending a lot of time recently reflecting on the way that I'm currently dividing my time. As anyone who works/studies may know, it's a really hard task to maintain a balance with 'outside' activities. This can be a particular problem for people who love to read. Most of us are guilty … Continue reading The Book Habit: Top 100 Reading Challenge
Hello everyone! I have just returned home from a week of travels around the UK, with a brief reprieve before I head to France (who says students don't do any work?). Ever since making the move to the US - and then back again - I've become a firm believer in the benefits of travel … Continue reading Monday Musing: Travel Edition
Hello, my loves! So begins another fabulous week. To inspire a maximally insightful time, this Monday Musing comes from literary legend, Haruki Murakami. The quote is taken from his fantastic work, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. Look out for a review later this week. Wishing you all a wonderful Monday!
Returning to The Book Habit in appropriate style, with a review of Claire Fuller's debut novel Our Endless Numbered Days. I received a copy of this book at the start of the year, prior to its February release.* Despite tearing through it in no time, my PhD work has kept me away from the blog and means … Continue reading Review: Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller