Tag Archive | reading challenge

War Stories

This week, I read ‘The Things They Carried’ by Tim O’Brien. This was an autobiographical book about a drafted US soldier’s time in Vietnam. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/133518.The_Things_They_Carried Generally speaking, I refuse to watch war films, especially those recommended to me as ‘good’ and ‘realistic’ because I can’t bear seeing so much death. Industrially manufactured deaths now, the […]

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Review

The Goodreads Review Lisa See is another author who actually tweeted me directly when I mentioned her work, which I feel was pretty special. Just by taking the time to acknowledge my interest in her work, I feel more inclined to pursue her writing and also continue researching the bizarre and fascinating tradition of foot […]

Overrate əʊvəˈreɪt/ verb: have a higher opinion of (someone or something) than is deserved.

Just this minute (ok, just this hour and since had a tea refill and a couple of oreo cookies) finished reading A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. Firstly, in the Kindle format it’s impossible to read the glossary alongside the ridiculous vocab, though it’s simple enough to pick up on after a little while. This […]

*Whoosh* The Sound of Subtext

I read The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka as the first title for my Summer Reading Challenge, this is a book that’s been studied my literature students for decades but somehow escaped me until last week. I thought I might include my views of this story before my ideas are influenced by the in-depth reviews already […]

Blatant Cheating

This summer, I’ve decided to jump in on the Summer Reading Challenge by these cool peeps : http://thereadersroom.org/challenges/summer-reading-challenge/ I’ve got my reading passport all set up (which was a really cute addition to the challenge) and now have to read books that are linked with each of these places so I’m sort of hoping to […]