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The Book Thief
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Gough Whitlam
A Short History of Nearly Everything
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
One Summer: America, 1927
Gone with the Wind
Elizabeth
Who I Am
Small Bamboo: How my family's journey on a leaky boat led to our wonderful life in Australia
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Watermelon
Sushi for Beginners
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Monday 31st October, 2016
Monthy Read with a crocheted twist!


Lee xox

Monday 3rd October, 2016
Book #35

'The Closed Door And Other Stories By Dorothy Whipple'
Persephone Books, Reprinted 2010
After really enjoying 'The Priory' by Dorothy Whipple, I decided to have a crack at a collection of her short stories and i'm pleased to report that i'm happy I did
This collection held 10 stories ranging in length from 10-60 pages. Each story, in my opinion, was told with exactly the right amount of depth in both plot and character development and whilst 'The Priory' did suffer with a little lagging in both areas, I can certainly applaud Whipple's judgement when it comes to the editing and presentation of her writing in the short story format. Actually between you and I, I prefer her short stories. I could have just said that and saved your eyeballs from the above waffling but cest la vie' !
I went into this collection expecting a bit of cross-over. For instance I assumed her stories would be set around that 1930s time period and yes they were. I also thought that they may lean on the Master/Mistress and servants trope and yup! They certainly did. However, this wasn't a bad thing! Whilst there were certainly storylines/characters names and even specific plot twists taken directly from her novel 'The Priory' (or she took them from the novel and then built a short story around them? I'm not sure on the timing of the writing of these stories and The Priory), the overlap brought a nice sense of familiarity across from the previous read. It's clear to see that Whipple's focus on characters such as the 'sheltered girl', the 'disgraced mistress', and the 'secretive/adultering husband' lead to the recurrent themes of a man/woman/servant/child's place within the home, complex relationships and taking one's first steps into the big bad world.
I really did take something away from each of the ten stories, however, as always when it comes to short story collections, there were one or two that stood out. 'The Closed Door', is a story that spans 75 pages and the life of Stella Hart. We are afforded glimpses into her life from the age of six, right through to adulthood. We are also exposed to the appauling treatment she suffers as the only child of her vile and disinterested parents. This was such a heartbreaking tale of loneliness, with the tiniest glimpses of hope. I know it will remain with me. I also really enjoyed 'The Handbag'. This was one of those storylines that appeared in 'The Priory' but had been reworked very successfully into short story format. Whipple has a wonderful way of subtley showing the inner thoughts and outward actions of 'the wife'. Whilst this character often starts out as a dutiful, docile housewife, Whipple has a wonderful way of making her 'wifey' characters accept facts, grow, adapt and ultimately cross the finish line on top, with their point aka. their revenge against their husband/husband's floozy being made perfectly. 'The Handbag' is a brilliant example of what i'm trying to convey ! I highly recommend checking it out if you can, as I think it highlights Whipple's writing to a tea!
Lee xox

Monday 26th September, 2016
Book #33 & #34


Everything I Need To Know I Learned From A Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow
Golden Books, 2013
This was a complete nostalgia trip for me A pleasant flip through some of the most heart-warming gorgeously drawn illustrations that took me right back to being a little girl and rummaging my way through my collection of Little Golden Books to try and settle on one for my Dad to read to me
Although this is titled to appeal to adults as a cutesy fun way to look at life's many lessons through the teachings offered by the many stories told under the Golden Books banner, it really isn't. It's really just a collection of one-liners taken from 20-30 Golden Books with their accompanying illustrations. No life lessons to be learnt here. Just a wonderful hour of flipping through and appreciating the wonderful talented artists sourced by this wonderful line of books.


*sigh* man these illustrations hit me right in the childhood. Just gorgeous. Especially the books illustrated by Richard Scarry. Perfection


'The Priory' by Dorothy Whipple
Persephone Books, 2003 (first published 1939)
This was my first tipple into reading some 'Whipple' and apart from suffering from a strange obssession and affection for her surname, I have been left a bit perplexed but in a good way !
In the simplest terms, 'The Priory' is a book about a house and the people within it. At the start of the novel, everything is centered around Major Marwood, his eccentric, artistic sister Victoria, his two girls, Penelope and Christine and his new wife Anthea. It also shines light on the lives of the servants, their interactions, situations and little dramas. At first the story seemed to be quite day-to-day, no real drama, no real direction...a little bit dull but I was puzzled because everytime I put the book down, I found myself longing to get back and find out more and more about this seemingy unassuming cast of characters.
Upon reflection, the best way to sum up the writing, story and feel of this book is to say that it was very subtle, very unassuming, but within its simple sentences, simple descriptions, simple day-to-day focus lies quite a complex and intriguing representation of human nature, relationships and an importrant look at the importance of roots, the sense of 'home' and of second chances. This book certainly isn't for everyone. The 'events' within it don't cause splashes, just little ripples. Again I have to return to the word 'subtle' because the thoughts and actions of these characters are just that. However I have found that in the end this book packed quite the punch.
I think the brilliance of Dorothy Whipple's writing lies in its subtlety and its ability to give you pause for thought. I saw so many facets of myself within quite a few of these characters and therefore had moments that hit quite close to home. So although the 500+ pages will not be to everyone's taste, if you appreciate fine writing, a historical backdrop of a crumbling priory in country England with a cast of interesting 1930's characters than I would give it a go


Lee xox

Sunday 25th September, 2016
Reading Positions



NEW BOOKISH ANIMATION TIME!
As any fellow readers will know....when it comes to trying to find a comfortable reading position.....the struggle....is real
I'm properly excited for my next animation!! Some WONDERFUL booktubers from around the world have voiced lines for it!!! The other amazing part, is that it will be a Harry Potter themed vid! So so so keen to get started!


I'm also keen to try and knock over 'The Priory' by Dorothy Whipple this afternoon. It's getting quite juicy now that i'm a tick over the 300 page mark and I must say I am looking forward to seeing how quite a few little scenarios unfold
Then of course I have a couple of BIG CATS to get my hook stuck back into !!
You gotta love creative and indulgent weekends!!!



Lee xox

Tuesday 20th September, 2016
September Stack!



Don't cha just love it when a whole STACK of books you requested weeks ago (that you completely forgot about) all come in for you at once !
I am cheating a little bit - I have had that top book 'The Priory' by Dorothy Whipple a little while. About 100 pages in so far and really enjoying it. Short straight-to-the-point-proper-no-fooling sentences, light on the plot so far, but something is brewing and completely character focussed and driven
The rest of the stack =
'The Closed Door And Other Stories' by Dorothy Whipple. I'm really enjoying 'The Priory' so far, so figured i'd request this collection of her short stories to prolong the party
'Brideshead Revisited' by Evelyn Waugh. This one I requested as it is one of my favourite booktuber's fave books! Lesley of WORDS OF A READER is a FABULOUS book reviewer. She reads a wonderful, wide array of genres, authors, etc. and her passion for reading is truly infectious. If you are a keen reader or you're thinking of upping your reading but are not really sure where to start - head on over to Lesley and click on ANY of her videos, becuase I GUARANTEE you'll hear her speak about a book that will tickle your fancy!
'The October Country' by Ray Bradbury. These next two titles are also courtesy of a Lesley review She actually read 'Fahrenheit 451' and her review sounded so intriguing that I went to reserve it straight away, however it appears to be quite popular because i'm still 5 or 6 people away from getting my grabbers on it! So I queued up these two titles while I was at it. Really looking forward to diving in
'The Martian Chronicles' by Ray Bradbury
'Van Gogh' by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith. Probably don't need to say too much about this one after my post a couple of days ago I thought i'd brush up (swear to god that wasn't an intentional pun)(but i'm loving it) on Van Gogh's background and after checking out biographies on Goodreads.com I saw that this one was one of the best I actually started reading it ON THE WAY back to the car after checking out it Nearly got skittled in the car park, so...so far so good!
I know that I will be renewing these a couple of times in order to make my way through them but i'm pretty pumped to get going !
Please feel free to let me know of any books you've enjoyed recently! I'm always up for adding books to my library queue! Even if they do all come in at once... I suppose picking them up counts towards an upper body work out?!? UGH, wish there was a better way...


Lee xox

Wednesday 24th August, 2016
Liberty Style



'Liberty Style' by Martin Wood
Frances Lincoln Limited, 2014
Book #32 of 2016 went from being a fab fantasy (which I am still yet to restart!) to a non-fiction title showcasing the history of one of Britain's most successful and influential players in bringing fashion, craftsmanship, design and taste to the world's stage.
Yeah! I bet you didn't see that coming! I certainly didn't !
Truth is, I requested this book aaaages ago at the library because I was on the hunt for some inspiration concerning a background for a possible portrait I have in mind. I was picturing an art nouveau inspired pattern and hence, did a search for 'art nouveau wallpaper patterns' in the library dadtbase and voila ! This book popped up.
So when I went to pick it up, it turned out to be MASSIVE and BRIMMING with glossy full page illustrations cheering! Just what I wanted!
HOWEVER it proved to be so much more than pretty pictures!!
Now I will be the first one to admit that I know very little when it comes to the great 'eras' in British arcitecture, fashion, style, etc...
I mean it's a good day if I get 'Georgian', 'Victorian' and 'Edwardian' in the right order
So it would be fair to say that I went into this one completely blind, but my goodness...
The story behind founder, Mr. Arthur Liberty, his store the 'East India House' and it's EXPANSION is one heck of an inspiring tale! Opened for business in May, 1875 on London's prestigious Regent Street, this shop transformed the lives of thousands!
I could literally harp on for pages about the vision and entrepreneurial spirit or Arthur Liberty, but suffice it to say, his passion for retail, customer EXPERIENCE and service and the love he had for discovering new designers, fabrics, art, the list goes on is just so heartwarming. I know I sound daft, but I started out in retail and over the last 15 years, by god has the QUALITY in every aspect of the shpping experience deteriorated! From the service, the presentation of goods, the quality of the goods, the attitude of staff and management...(get off your box Lee), so to read about a time and place that took great pride in the choosing of it's goods, it's staff, it's style, it's craftsmanship...it was simply lovely to read about
Quick summary - On the back on the industrailisation of Britain, Liberty embraced advancements in technology whilst still committed to the ideals of the Arts & Crafts movement by seeking out new, exciting designers and craftsmen to design goods for the aspiring middle classes. Those who once couldn't afford high-end designer pieces, the likes offered by William Morris, could now own locally produced and internationally sourced fashionable ware without having to sell a kidney or two. After the second reform bill passed in 1867, the balance within British society was shifting from the aristocracy and gentry, over to the middle classes. Liberty saw the writing on the wall, saw that these folks were now able to buy their own homes and therefore would have the means to furnish them!
This book did what I LOVE all non-fction books to do and that is it made me HUNGRY to find out so much more about this time period, the designers of the day, the associated art movements, etc..
It well and truly wet my appetite to know more and I really love when that happens
Honest to goodness Liberty had a hand in EVERYTHING!!! Fine silks, soft furnishings, glassware, metalwork, wallpapper, fashio, textiles, ceramics, interior design, the list goes on and on and on and so does the list of their clientel! International Royalty, Russian Czars, to creating dresses specially designed for Joanna Lumley in the sixties
And here was me just expecting a quick flip through to grab a pattern or two!!
So as you can probably tell, this book surprised me and I learnt a HUGE amount!!
I guess the moral here is to pick up a book once in a while that you know NOTHING about! It may surprise you and open your mind
Arthur Liberty, I salute you and the countless others who brought style, art, design and true craftsmanship to the masses!


Lee xox

Wednesday 17th August, 2016
Escape with Kvothe


This afternoon was made for reading. The weather outside is pure YUCK so tis time to curl up with a stack of pages
I thought I was all set because I had this one lined up from the library...


Sounds AMAZING right?!?
Yeah I thought so too, until I read the introduction and a bit of the first section...
First of all, what I have been really looking for is a good Jimmy Stewart biography, but sadly my library doesn't have one. However, upon a search of their database, this title came up and I thought "Great! A whole stack of Golden Guys to read about!" aka. I was mucho excited
Fast forward to 5 mins ago when I completed the intro and let me just say....


If you want an indepth discussion on the ins and outs (pun intended) on who was doing who and a running commentary from a wide array of sources regarding dick sizes in Hollywood, than this is the book for you!
Sadly, i'm a tad boring and was ACTUALLY looking for this book to give me an indepth look at the actors ENTIRE lives, rather than just a diary of their dick's escapades...
( I must admit, I did raise an eyebrow at a supposed Carole Lombard quote regarding Mr. Gable though... "If his cock was an inch shorter, he'd have been the Queen of Hollywood".... If that's true, I raise a glass to you Carole, because that's hilarious )
So as you can probably guess, this one went straight back to the library...
I have now decided to return to a fantasy novel I started earlier this year but for some reason got distracted from...


Note to self... buy a bookmark. A tissue Lee?!?! Really
I remember really enjoying this one, so I have no idea why it was sent to the backburner...
I'll be on it for a while! It's a monster at 662 pages, but i'm all set for a nice fantasy


Lee xox

Thursday 11th August, 2016
1 DNF, 1 OMG


I think my library must have had a bright red ring around the 1st of August because a whole STACK of books that I have been in queues for for flipping AGES, all came in at once !
Which means that they are all due back at the same time...
Planned that well didn't I?!
"On The Other Side" - Carrie Hope Fletcher
The first book I picked up was Carrie's debut fictional book and sadly... I DNF'd it after 120 pages
Carrie is (among a whole STACK of things) a youtuber whom I have been watching for years now. I was a HUGE fan of the band McFly back in the day and Carrie is the lil sister of Tom and that is how I stumbled across her channel.
She is an absolute sweetheart, her zest for life is infectious and it has been wonderful to see her star rising and rising over the years So I was dead keen to pick up her first attempt at a fictional novel.
First and foremost Carrie is a singer/actress and has been in stage productions all her life, and as I started reading 'On The Other Side' I could see that love of storytelling shining through.
Allow me to give you a quick run down. At the start of the book we meet Evie as an 82yr old who has just died. She finds herself in front of the door to her own personal heaven but the door won't open. She learns that in order to pass through, your soul must be light enough (empty of secrets and unfinished business) to be allowed through. Upon reflection, Evie understands that she has 3 secrets weighing her down that she needs to right before she will be able to pass over to the other side. Great premise eh?!
However, 2 things came to my mind very quickly...
1) I'm a fossil. And..
2) I've got a sweet tooth but holy heck...
In regards to #1, I believe this book would be DEVOURED and is best suited to girls of maybe 14-17?! Although the main character of Evie Snow is (for the most part, of the part I read) said to be 27 years old, it reads as though she is about 15. Experiencing dating for the first time, her first job, her first, well, everything. Along with constantly battling her overbearing mother, it certainly transported me back to the mind of my teenage self. Sadly, I am FAR removed from those years and just couldn't reignite the 'ouuuu-they're-gonna-kiss' tingles. As I said, i'm a dried up, cranky old fossil
In regards to #2, boy oh boy was this sugary! I'm talking cavity-causing sweet. Which was okay to a point because after watching Carrie over the years, a massive part of her charm is her lovely warmth and sweet bubbly self, so I could forgive the appaulingly quaint character names like 'Evie Snow', 'Vincent Winters' & 'Jim Summer', however, I could feel my face scrunching itself into a damn good pug impression the further on I read.
Eventually I decided to give up on it. Especially once I found myself making a mental list for the cleaning supplies I had to pick up at the shops the next day. If that ain't a sign that you're not into a book, I don't know what is
So whilst I wasn't grabbed by her as an author, please do check out her Youtube Channel as I think she is an absolute spark of gorgeousness!

"In Order To Live - A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom' - Park Yeon-mi (Yeonmi Park)"
Read it. Go to the book store, the library, your digital bookstore of choice... Read it.
I started this book 2 days ago and last night I put the world on hold whilst I read to the end. I then preceeded to have a good cry and stay awake until 2am in complete awe at the strength, determination and un-breakable spirit of this MAGNIFICENT SURVIVOR and her story. Like most folks, I have heard stories of the oppression, starvation and utter hell that is placed on those poor souls who lived and are STILL living under the suffocating rule of the Kims, but my goodness...
Nothing prepares you for learning of the true horrors that such a regime puts its people through until you read a true, no holds barred account from a person who has lived through it.
The Quote from Yeon-mi on the blurb of her book sums up her story and her attitude perfectly.
"I am most grateful for two things: that I was born in North Korea, and that I escaped from North Korea."

The lengths that Yeonim and her family went to ensure their survival... I just... I am still left shaking my head in complete awe.
Yeonmi's voice is powerful, unrelenting, raw and one of the most compassionate I have ever read and along with Malala's story, hers will stay with me forever
Please pick it up guys. You will be left extremely humbled and so incredibly grateful for the life you have and for the life you don't have to live.


Lee xox

Wednesday 3rd August, 2016
July Reading Wrap-Up!!!


JULY was a WONDERFUL reading month!
I read 5 books, one of which shot itself straight onto my faves shelf !
The Last Battle (#7 The Narnia Chronicles) - C.S. Lewis
The first book I read in July was the final book in the epic classic children's series, The Chronicles of Narnia. The lovely Di (aka. Disis19Hearts) and I decided to buddy read all 7 books, starting in January and ending with the 7th book in the 7th month! I can tell you that it was a fabulous way to read them and wonderful to share the journey with another person who missed the boat on such an iconic series!
The books have been very hit and miss for me in this series and I still have a few quarms regarding this final installment. On opening this one I was a little shocked that an entirely new set of characters and side story was introduced. In the beginning we meet Shift, an ape, and Puzzle, a donkey, who are impersonating Aslan in order to manipulate the creatures of Narnia to benefit themselves. Eventually, the dreaded Calormenes (whom we meet in earlier books) become involved and initially it is up to Jill and Eustace to save Narnia. Again.
This little adventure does take up a huge chunk of the book and as I was reading I kept wondering how Lewis was going to tie so many loose ends from previous books up, as this was the final installment. However as the final chapter approached, everything became clear and that last page...
THAT. LAST. PAGE. GUYS!!
I wasn't prepared for the emotional 'THWACK' that I received! Now I will readily admit that I can be as thick as a stick at the best of times. Naive - guilty! Ignorant - guilty! Blissfully dumb - guilty! But I did not see the ending coming. Naturally Di did because she's a star, but nope I had no clue and boy oh boy was it satisfying.
I don't want to spoil anyone, but it did tie up a lot of unanswered Q's for me and it also allowed me to reflect on the series as a whole, see it in light of this ending and re-evaluate some thoughts and feelings. I can definitely understand why it is such a special series to so many millions of people. I am a little sad that I didn't read the books as a kid, however, there is plenty to be gained by reading these books as an adult.

Smoke - Dan Vyleta
This was a book that I was so pumped for! I first heard about it from the lovely Jen Campbell when she described it in a book haul. Set in an 'alternate' early 20th century London, those who have sinned or are thinking sinful thoughts are physically marked by the 'smoke' (soot and/or ash), thereby tarnishing them publicly. The aristocracy has learnt how to conceal their 'smoke' and therefore their misdeeds and i'm guessing the story evolves to let you, the reader, in on that secret.
Trouble is, I got to page 75 of this one and BOOM! I DNF'd! (Did Not Finish)
So poorly written!! Such bad flow, and by that I mean, no flow at all. There were passages that made absolutely no sense, appeared jumbled and disjointed and it felt like the author was struggling with 5 different things he wanted to get out! Problem was, he was trying to shove it all onto the page at once! He also shifted between different narrators very poorly and ugh... such a dissapointment as the premise was so intriguing!!

The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
SAY HELLO TO MY NEW FAVOURITE BOOK!!!!
SHEER PERFECTION!!!!!!!!!
By the end of the second page I remember thinking "Okay Wilde, you've got me." The tractor beam is set, i'm locked in. By the end of the second chapter.. game, set, match!!
This year, I have gotten myself into the habit of jotting down notes whilst reading. A quote that has tickled my fancy here or there. Perhaps an idea expressed that I want to be able to reflect upon at a later date...
I pretty much ended up RE-WRITING THE ENTIRE BOOK INTO MY JOURNAL!
Fabulously witty dialogue, deeply rich and rounded characters, a gothic ambience that had me taking the freaking thing into the toilet with me on several occasions as I couldn't stop turning the pages!!!
Lord Henry Wotton, is now my favourite literary character of all time. Unbelievably witty, charasmatic, defiant, worldy, smug, blatant, cynical and so hilarious!
I could honestly go on for DAYS about my thoughts and feelings on this book, but ain't nobody got time for that! Do yourself a MASSIVE favour and read or re-read this FABULOUS book. Such a shame that it is Oscar Wilde's only novel because my goodness...it is perfection.

Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen
Allow me to relay the notes I wrote as I began this beloved classic....
Chapter 1. "Oh Christ..."
Chapter 3. I think I did myself a HUGE disservice in picking this up straight after Oscar Wilde...or...Austen and I just don't mix...'
Chapter 4. OH MY GOD THIS IS BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORING!!!!
Chapter 5. *mic drop* i'm out.
So as you can see.... I DNF'd my first attempt at Jane Austen....
Not gonna lie, Mark Twain's infamous thoughts in regards to Ms. Austen came to mind....



However, on the advice of some lovely folks, I watched the 1940 film adaptation starring Greer Garson and Lawrence Olivier and i'm so very glad I did! I did enjoy the story and a number of the characters, however when it comes to actually READING Ms. Austen...yeah i'll side with my mate Twain on that one

The Painted Veil - W. Somerset Maugham
After that disappointment I didn't want to take a chance on anything new and therefore, to restore my faith in classics I went STRAIGHT to my BAE, Somerset Maugham!
For me, Maugham's writing is the best I have ever had the pleasure of reading. If you are fascinated by human nature, Maugham is your man. He has the BEST character descriptions I have ever read. He has the ability to not only describe his characters physically, but you can picture their mannerisms, the effect they have on those around them, the way they make others feel...
Whilst reading this novel I noticed him using such techniques as "he was the type of person who.." and
"you felt that here was a woman who.." which were just so effective at cementing the character in your mind's eye.
Maugham is also the king when it comes to planting seeds of doubt and using speculation and the power of suggestion. I found myself skimming ahead just to try and shield the inevitable blow that I felt was on the horizon. Sometimes it would hit and other times the characters surprised you by going in an entirely different direction. Utter brilliance!
I really enjoyed the character of Kitty Fane, our troubled protagonist. I found her to be a bizarre mix of Daisy Buchannon from The Great Gatsby and Scarlett O'Hara. Sounds impossible, but in the beginning she is quite flippant and airy and by the end, she has endured so much and has come into contact with such an opposing side of life that she is forced to grow up and we see an inner strength emerge that forced me to re-evaluate her and by the end I thought of her with nothing but admiration.
The blurb for this story leads you to believe that it is about a highly charged affair and the consequences that follow after the dirty secret is discovered, but wow, is it so much more than that!

Along Came A Spider - James Patterson
My Mum has been nagging me to read this for YEARS! So I gave it a whirl and whilst it was fast paced and action packed (so to speak), it did fall short of expectations. It is essentially a detective Vs. serial killer, 'cat and mouse' type chase. Very easy to read, very casual accessible language. It was definitely a page turner and for the most part I had no idea where it was going which was quite fun.
However the protagonist, Detective Alex Cross, who appears in an entire series of these novels didn't gel with me. A very limited backstory was offered, which was repeated many times throughout the book and the depth of his family relationships were only touched on here and there. So I found him to be quite one dimensional and boring. I guess with over 20 Alex Cross novels (and counting) there is plenty of time to get to know this character, however I don't think i'll be bothering.

Stephen Fry Presents Oscar Wilde's Stories for all Ages - Oscar Wilde/Stephen Fry
The fifth and final book that I finished on the very last day of July was an absolute BELTER!
With my love for Oscar Wilde ignited, I have begun a Wilde binge! This collection of Oscar's fairytales and short stories was tremendous. The structure of the fairytales we know and love courtesy of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson suit Wilde's moralistic style so so well. Some were beautifully heartwarming like "The Selfish Giant", whilst some were beautifully devastating, like "The Nightingale and the Rose". I actually had to take a break after this one because my stomach fell through the floor with sadness and I couldn't decide whether I should give in and curl up with the box of Kleenex or keep reading. Through all of Wilde's stories there seemed to be this tug-o-war between opposing sides. Between beauty and ugliness, between rich and poor, between innocence and cruelty, between the practical thing to do for one's self as opposed to the moral responsibility one owes to another. This was particularly on show in the story "The Devoted Friend" which made me feel everything from dismay to boiling red hot rage.
The only tale I didn't like was "The Fisherman and his Soul", which was just a bit out there for me. This collection highlights Wilde's superb qualities as a great writer. His wit, his warmth, his darkness, his decadence and most of all his ability to capture the strange and complex beast that is the human condition.

So cheers to a cracking July full of wonderful reads and here's to a cracking August!!!
Happy reading!
xox

Friday 29th January, 2016
Reading Goals 2016!!!


Happy reading!
xox