2017 Reading Challenge: 1st Quarter

Yes, the plan was to write monthly updates on my challenge. And now it’s March, so we’ll go with quarterly updates instead. In some ways that’s better, as I can mention books that perhaps only warrant a few lines, and would otherwise have been missed. My 2017 reading began with an unusual (for me) choice:…

Mrs Ogg’s Bloomers

It just occurred to me that it’s been 2 years since we lost Sir Terry Pratchett. It seems oddly fitting that I happen to be working my way through The Long Earth series, and happen to have discovered the lovely range of Discworld-inspired colourways from DyeNinja, over the weekend.  When I think of Terry Pratchett…

New Year’s Vague Declaration of Semi-Intent

I considered writing a review post for 2016, but the overall tone of the year was, for most of us, bleak, and I simply couldn’t find the energy to dwell on it. Discussing how I want to apply what I’ve learned from 2016 to this shiny, new year seemed a more worthwhile endeavour. Simply put,…

2017 Reading Challenge

I completed the 2016 Classics Challenge with True Grit in early December. After reflecting on what I read in 2016, and how I chose the books for my challenge, I’ve decided that I want to be more intentional in what I choose to read in 2017. In particular I want to counter my tendency to default to white,…

True Grit

When I discovered this Classic I discovered this Classic when I watched the Coen brothers adaptation of True Grit at the cinema. Why I chose to read it I needed to read a book narrated by a female character for research, and remembered that True Grit is narrated by Mattie Ross. I hadn’t initially considered…

Now in November

When I discovered this Classic Earlier this year the Guardian Bookshop emailed me about a deal on books from APOLLO, an imprint which specialises in ‘forgotten’ modern classics. Josephine Johnson’s Now in November was one of two I ended up ordering. Why I chose to read it I chose Now in November over my other purchase…

The Stand

I had this all lined up to post on October 31st (Halloween, King, etc), and forgot to actually schedule it *facepalm*. Silver lining: you get to read about 2 Classics in November. 🙂 When I discovered this Classic When I read King’s On Writing last year he mentioned The Stand as the novel his readers…

One Small Step…

It’s here! NaNoWriMo 2016. True to form I spent October planning and preparing a novel idea for NaNoWriMo. And then I decided I hated it, and spent the last 4 days of October coming up with an entirely new idea. Since I’ve won the last 2 years after a last minute change, I’m feeling pretty…

The Lusiads

I did it! I finally finished The Lusiads. When I discovered this Classic Camões is a giant of Portuguese literature, and I studied excerpts of his work in high school. Why I chose to read it I came across a second-hand copy of an English translation of The Lusiads in Edinburgh’s wonderful Armchair Books. I’d…

Review: The Lie Tree

The Lie Tree has been one of my TBRs for a few months now, and shot up the list once I got a ticket to the Frances Hardinge and Sarah Perry double-bill at Ed Book Fest. The Lie Tree tells the story of Faith Sunderly and her family, who travel to the island of Vane…

Small Gods

I’m still toiling away at The Lusiads, but the Edinburgh International Book Festival falls in August, and I had a number of books to read for Book Festival events, so I went with Plan B: Terry Pratchett’s Small Gods. When I discovered this Classic I’ve mentioned before that I discovered Terry Pratchett in my teens,…