MISC: WWW Wednesdays- 21st June 2017

I didn’t think I would have any new additions this week, after taking my time with Lucia Berlin’s A Manual for Cleaning Women, but I’ve surprised myself and actually finished a few books!

WWW is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Each Wednesday book enthusiasts share their reads by answering three questions:

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’m 100 pages into Kate Brown’s The Women of Versailles. I haven’t read any historical fiction in a while, and honestly it’s Versailles the TV programmes fault. There’s only so manyepisodes you can watch of glossy haired actors in their corsets, frilly sleeves and debauchery before you get the itch. I’m not sure where it’s going at the moment, but I’m enjoying the scandals of court life.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I read Horatio Clare’s Myths & Legends on Monday. It’s just over a hundred pages but that length has nothing to do with my reading speed. I honestly couldn’t put it down. The book revisits 10 Welsh myths and stories, bringing them into the modern age. Some are almost like fables in the way they expose the pitfalls of modern life. They are hilarious, immersive and sweep you up into the story.

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I finished A Manual For Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin. I took my time and I’m glad Idid. There aren’t many writers who would delve so deep into their personal histories, particularly when there are scarsthere, but Berlin revisits these moments time and again. I could never get bored of reading her work.

 

DSC_0617The last book I read was Four Bare Legs in a Bed by Helen Simpson. My tutor recommended Simpson’s short stories to me because of the similarities in our writing and I loved her writing.The themes of entrapment and female empowerment run through the collection in acerbic wit and ludicrous characters. My favourite was the opening story in which a women cheats on her husband in her dreams. Only he has the audacity to start appearing in her fantasies to interrupt her subconscious infidelity.

What do you think you’ll read next?

At this point, who knows. I have Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine waiting on my bookcase with the other thirty books I’ve bought and never read. But I need to read some more short stories for my coursework. So, we shall see!

 

What have you been reading this week?

MISC: Top Ten Tuesday- 20th June 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a different topic that one of their bloggers answers, and they invite others to join in either by posting their answers as a comment or by creating their own blog post.

This week is all about series, and its a great topic for me because I have so many series on my TBR list. I’ve spent a lot of time reading for my course, but once that’s over I’ll have time to indulge in the books I’ve wanted to read that haven’t quite fitted in with my studies! I can’t remember the last series I got stuck in. I think it was A Song of Ice and Fire! Continue reading “MISC: Top Ten Tuesday- 20th June 2017”

MISC: Hay Festival

dsc_1210-320170529_194518I may have mentioned a few times that I was going to Hay Festival last week. If you didn’t know, then you’ve probably been tuning me out. It’s okay, I don’t blame you. I’ve been a stuck record for most of May. It was all I could do not to bring it up every five seconds, because if there’s something I love more than books, it’s a town full of them and a festival dedicated to their talented creators. I’m gushing again, sorry. Continue reading “MISC: Hay Festival”

MISC: WWW Wednesday- 7th June 2017

I feel like I say ‘its been a busy few weeks’ too often. But… it’s been a busy few weeks (I know, I know). But the water’s have mostly calmed so I’m back to blogging again! It’s been a bit of a quiet week in reading but here’s what I’ve been up to!

WWW is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Each Wednesday book enthusiasts share their reads by answering three questions:

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Continue reading “MISC: WWW Wednesday- 7th June 2017”

MISC: Top Ten Tuesday – 6th June 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a different topic that one of their bloggers answers, and they invite others to join in either by posting their answers as a comment or by creating their own blog post.

Where have I been the last two weeks? It seems like all the things I have planned conspire against me and happen all at once. Which isn’t true, because I was in charge of planning them. Anyway, I’ve had a couple of busy weekends, travelling around so my prime blogging time has been limited. But I’m back to it so here we are! I’m kicking it off with a Top Ten Tuesday post. This week’s post in 10 books from one genre that you’ve added to you’ve recently added to your TBR. I’m picking sci-fi & fantasy, because they’re genres I usually dip into, but I keep finding more and more books that are trying to make me part with my money, and I’m finding it hard not to give in!

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MISC: Top Ten Tuesday- 23rd May 2017

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is summer-themed, which seems appropriate considering how warm its been recently (cue thunderstorms and torrential rain, I know you Britain), but I’m not co-ordinated enough to read summery books in the summer. My reading trends are haphazard at best. I’m more of an ‘oh look, a book’ kind of reader which means I’ll pick up absolutely anything regardless of the season (unless its Christmas, I feel weird reading Christmas-themed books at other times of the year). Last year I took an eclectic mix of books across the ocean with me when I travelled to Crete, and although I’m not off anywhere sunny this year, I thought I’d pick the 10 reads I would take if I was.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a different topic that one of their bloggers answers, and they invite others to join in either by posting their answers as a comment or by creating their own blog post. Continue reading “MISC: Top Ten Tuesday- 23rd May 2017”

MISC: 5 Reasons I’m Excited for Hay Festival

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Hay Festival is just over a week away and it can’t come soon enough. I’ve been waiting to go since last year, but I left it too late to organise myself (as usual). So for Christmas, my wonderful parents agreed to take me for the opening weekend. My mother picked the short straw because she’s the one who has to accompany me and listen to my bibliophile rantings for three days trapped in an idyllic village, but I’m not sorry. So in anticipation of a dreamy weekend in booktopia, here are 5 things I’m looking forward to: Continue reading “MISC: 5 Reasons I’m Excited for Hay Festival”