Posted in Diary Entry, life update

Update: Back Again!

Hi everybody!

I am writing this on a rare day that I am not at work!  Isn’t that fun? I thought I would give you a brief update before I head out to commence today’s long awaited chores. So, without further ado here’s where I’ve been and what you’ve got to look forward too on this blog.

I have been in Brighton from the 1st of August till the 8th and then from the 9th till the 13th have been non-stop working. My time has been equally taken up with evenings filled with seeing friends and watching live broadcasts from the RSC at our local cinema. As well, my dad’s birthday is coming up and I have decided to write a short story for him about the war.

So, as you can see I have had a lot on my plate. But here are some upcoming posts to look forward too.

  1. My time in Brighton, specifically visiting Virginia Woolf’s house and my experience there.
  2. A review on Dodie Smith’s ‘I Capture the Castle’ (I am super excited to talk about it).
  3. Another review on Titus Andronicus.
  4. My TBR list (University Reading List mainly).
  5. Daily updates on my shenanigans.
  6. Another review on Angela Carter’s ‘Nights at the Circus’ which I am currently a short way off finishing (I may have put it down after becoming a tad obsessed with Smith’s book).
  7. A review on Laura Marling’s music.
  8. How To Prep for University.

My focus for the last week or so has been on finishing off a journal of mine which was quite time consuming but great practice when it comes to writing. That’s all finished now (I wrote 43 pages in about two and a half days) so I feel very accomplished and can now spend a bit more time on this and my other blogs.

Anyway, I am already behind schedule so should crack on with getting to the bank.

Goodbye for now!

-E

 

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Book Review: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

Where do I even begin with how good this book was? It was my first time reading any of Carter’s work and I will admit that since then I am now currently in the middle of devouring Nights at the Circus!

The work is a collection of short stories, all re-workings of fairy tales but each with a twist. Most, appeared to have some feminist moral behind them but I wouldn’t say that this is the most central thing although admittedly it is the most raved about.

Rather, I enjoyed the tales because not only were they unique in a short and sweet kind of way but they all had an individual tone. No two were the same.

My favourites were probably The Bloody Chamber, Puss-in-Boots and the Lady of the House of Love. Like I said, the stories range from melancholy and foreboding too jolly and happy.

Carter’s writing is vivid and entrancing in how she creates her stories, the imagery is so detailed that it’s very difficult not to get dragged into the fairy tale yourself – and that’s probably why this is the best short story collection that I’ve ever read by an author. They all ranged in styles and lengths and none of them were carbon copies of the other or the original tales. She definitely brings something extra to the table when it comes to writing!

The only other thing I have to say is that I love how unapologetically crude and experimental she is in her writing and vastly ahead of the game and era. She’s not scared to show us the true gothic undertones that lie in the original Anderson and Grimm tales that companies like Disney have muted to make more child friendly. Rather than shying away from it she embraces these elements and uses them to meet her own ends as a writer.

Overall, I give this collection 5 stars and look forward to finishing Nights at the Circus and updating this blog with my opinion on that too.

See ya!

-E

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Book Review: England, England by Julian Barnes

This was a roller coaster of a novel, and not just because it’s about a theme park *bad dum tish*.

This book was one that I wouldn’t have picked up on my own accord but seeing as we had to read it for my Literature course I had no choice. And for the most part it was quite a pleasant read, albeit one rather odd and disturbing scene.

The novel explores what we view as nationalism/ patriotism and how this affects our outlook. It delves into the idea of authenticity and replications- taking a few Platonic terms here and there with a modernised version of “The Cave” allegory in Plato’s Republic. 

To summarise, the novel is essentially from the perspective of a character called Martha. In the beginning we are introduced to her life and see her growing up. The story focuses on her relationships with her father as well as men in general and we get to see inside the inner workings of her love life and thoughts. This however is just one facet of the story. She goes to work for a man called Jack who plans to buy the Isle of Wight and turn it into an amusement park based off of all the better things about being English. The park then becomes so popular that it quickly steals all of the real England’s tourism custom and leaves it in disrepair. In this way the book introduces ideas about what are real vs. the expectations we place on things. And whether our nationhood is justly founded and where and why it originates.

I liked the books way of picking up on the ironies of patriotism and how it often overlooks key factors. In particular, the fact that it highlighted the ignorance that people can assume without actually understanding all the factors and details of the very thing that they are defending deeply resonated with me. Although this book was written in the context of the Scottish Devolution Referendum in 1997 I also feel that it is relevant today what with Brexit. I liked how it emphasised the need to be educated on a certain issue and how little we are told or care to know when we are force fed propaganda by the media.

Anyway I rate this book 7/10 – It was something that I felt I benefited from reading, but not something I would necessary pick up to read for fun or re-read.

Thanks for reading,

-E xxx

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TBR List – March

Hi guys,

This is just a cheeky post before I head off to uni for a lecture. I thought I would just update you on what I have been reading and what I have read this month. So here goes nothing!

  • To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf- Status: Read.

This was a really interesting read and apart of my university course, the style was  very unique and it was the first Woolf novel I had ever read. I think I plan to do a full review on it soon so stay tuned.

  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones- Status: Read.

I stayed up till 1 am last night trying to finish this book and OMG it is amazing. If you are a fan of the Ghibli movie then I recommend you read where it originated from. I plan again to do another review on this one both on this blog and for the uni magazine.

  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes- Status: 180 pages into.

I started this one a while ago when my friend Holly got it for my birthday because I am such a huge fan of the movie with Emilia Clarke. It was just that with uni reading and everything it kind of got put aside. But I am glad to say that I am picking it back up to finish because I have been asked to review it’s sequel Me After You.

  • Me After You by Jojo Moyes- Status: Unread.

Well this one is kinda self explanatory after what I just said above, and yes I am doing a review on this for the university magazine. I actually think my deadline was this week but there’s no way I am going to get that done in time. Whoops, I hope they don’t mind too much!

  • Crossing the River by Caryl Phillips- Status: Unread.

I have ordered this off of World of Books and am desperately waiting for it to get here in time because it’s the novel I am meant to read for my literature seminar this week. I have heard good things about this book and apparently it’s a quick read which is nice.

Anyway, that’s everything I have planned to read this month and I shall keep you updated. I realise that I haven’t really touched upon many book reviews on this blog despite meaning too. Hopefully that’ll change, starting this month!

See you tomorrow,

E xxx

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The Bookaholics Anonymous Tag

Hi guys, so I just saw this on Payton’s Book Thoughts’ blog and thought I would have a crack at it too for some Christmas fun. If you want to check out her post here’s the link:

https://paytonsbookthoughts.wordpress.com/2016/12/24/bookaholics-anonymous-book-tag/

So anyway, let’s crack on with the challenge!

1.What do you like about buying new books?

I think the main thing for me is the thrill of finding a book that I genuinely want to read. As well as I love that smell, be it an old second hand book that smells musty (but in a good way) or a brand new book that’s crisp and fresh. Wow, that makes me sound weird- but someone out there must know what I’m on about, eh?matild.gif

2. How often do you buy new books?

Too often would be the obvious answer. I’m a student in Nottingham (shout out to Robin Hood) and the place is littered with second hand and bargain book shops.

3.Do you have  favourite bookshop?

Hmmmm, not really. There’s a really great Oxfam bookshop down the road to me that has some good finds and also a shop called Fop at Broadmarsh centre in Notts city. The latter of which you can get any three books for a fiver – no matter how big or the price. I know right it’s too good to me and my addiction hehe. 😉

4.Bookstore or online shopping- which do you prefer?

boos.gifThat’s tricky, I like bookstore’s because you physically get to look around for what you want and might even find something that you didn’t even know you wanted to read. But then online shopping tends to be so much cheaper these days and just convenient. I’d say it would depend what I was shopping for- entertainment or uni.

5. Do you pre-order books?

Never in my entire life. The books I like tend to be obscure or classics…. they’ve been out for a while!

6. Do you have a monthly book buying limit?

Nope, but I really should!

7. Book buying bans- are they something you do?

When you spend more on books than on food as a student you know you have to draw the line somewhere. So yes, unless I need them immediately for my course I have taken to trying to read all the books I have lying around before buying anymore. keira-bae

8. How big is your wishlist?

I would like to say not that big because I don’t really write all the books down that I want but rather say them in the moment.

9. Which three books from your wishlist do you wish to own now?

Hmmmmm….

  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe.
  • Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

10. Tagging?

Anyone who wants to have a stab at this challenge! 🙂

 

-E

xxx