We’re not even halfway through February and this new year has already put us through World War III and the plague. I wonder what next month’s surprise theme is going to be! However some things haven’t changed one bit – all good on the Western front, in boring ol’ Britain. And well, besides Aldi having run out of its world food products in a frenzied … Continue reading I am back!! And more tired than ever. Here’s what I’ve been doing…
November was a fantastic month, at least reading-wise. I consider myself lucky to have found the books I read on offer on Audible. For the most part, I managed to stick to the last month’s TBR, which is a new one for me. I’m officially a changed person. So let’s get into the wrap-up. First book I completed this month was Anno Dracula. I wrote … Continue reading A pretty late November Wrap-Up and December TBR
The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer book review In 1348, two brothers are given a choice – either live out their last 6 days stricken by the plague, or spend each of the remaining 6 days 99 years apart, in the attempt of finding salvation. I’ve lived the past few years thinking that Ken Follett was the best historical fiction writer, and I’m still … Continue reading I can’t stop thinking about The Outcasts of Time
Artemisia Gentileschi was a Baroque painter of the 17th century and, seeing that she found her independence as a woman in the male-dominated society of her time through art, she is widely referred to as a “female painter”. Regardless of how you choose to call her, one thing is sure: she is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished women of her time, as … Continue reading Art Sunday #7: Artemisia Gentileschi – the Woman behind the first acknowledged Women Empowerment Art
Anno Dracula by Kim Newman book review As I mentioned in last month’s Wrap-Up, Anno Dracula is a book that instantly attracted me through its wacky premise: it’s following an alternative ending to Stoker’s Dracula in which Van Helsing & co. are defeated by Vlad Țepeș, who then goes off to marry Queen Victoria. Thus emerges a reign of terror, as the Prince Consort rules … Continue reading Anno Dracula: an ode to Victoriana or a dragging mess?
I’m maybe a bit late to the whole “taking myself on a date” type of statement articles, but it just so happened that I haven’t been spending time on my own outside the house lately. But ever since moving to a new city for my placement, things tend to get quite lonely. I’m mostly still in touch with friends from back home and uni, who … Continue reading I took myself on a day trip and it was really not that big of a deal
I was going to put this off for another day, but I got too deep into my hiatus in October as it was. And what would the point of a wrap-up be if I did it mid-month? Some would also argue whether there’s any point to wrapping up a single book, to which I say: it’s my blog, I make the rules. As I mentioned … Continue reading October Wrap-Up and November TBR (featuring an exciting book haul!!)
I DID IT. As of today, 1st of November 2019, I have finally completed Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace. Although bragging about it feels short-lived, given that I listened to the audiobook, which, for me, takes significantly less effort than actually reading it. Regardless, this mammoth of a book is the heaviest piece of literature I’ve ever come across – literally and figuratively. And … Continue reading Things you need to know before reading Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
In this fantasy world, the politics and, consequentially, the realm itself, are divided between the West, who despises all dragons, and the East, who worships them. The religions of the world are different interpretations of a key historical moment: the defeat of the Nameless One, a nightmarish fire-breathing dragon that wreaked havoc in its wake, a thousand years before the timeline of the book. In … Continue reading The Priory of The Orange Tree is beautifully diverse and all fantasy writers should take note!
In 1912, a manuscript unlike any other was purchased by Wilfrid Voynich. Yet Voynich was far from being the first to take an interest in the mysterious book. For centuries, the greatest minds have been perplexed by the manuscript, from emperors, to scientists, cryptographers, priests, Renaissance artists, and avid Redditors. I am indeed talking about The Voynich Manuscript, which seems to do nothing but spark … Continue reading Art Sunday #6: The most mysterious Codex, still undecipherable by Modern Science