Sometimes you’re in a bookshop and you’re drawn to a book as soon as you see it. As you pick it up you hear the ‘Harry meets wand’ music playing, your money dances in your pocket and you skip off to the till with a slightly manic grin on your face. Other times, you’re not … More Bookshop Snaps
Today, a poem that demonstrates dry humour, intertextual awareness and general poking fun at other poets: “The Rose Family” by Robert Frost. The rose is a rose, And was always a rose. But the theory now goes That the apple’s a rose, And the pear is, and so’s The plum, I suppose. The dear only … More Poem || The Rose Family by Robert Frost
I read 40 books last year. Hurray! I am sure that I owe this in part to the Goodreads 2016 challenge that edged me on until I reached my goal. However: is this really a good system for tracking your reading? … More Is the Goodreads Challenge really helpful?
This post was inspired by a Goodreads article where readers share the best book they’ve ever received. Wondering which book this would be for me, I realized that most of the books I came up with were course materials. When I am given books for my birthday, it is hardly ever completely new to me: … More Three Times My Teachers Got It Right
While I was growing up, my mother and I had a special term for books that we read the same way as one would eat chocolate: as a treat, without any effort, immediately making you feel warm and fuzzy inside. We called these ‘sink-away’ books (in Dutch ‘wegzak boeken’) because they feel like sinking into … More A Book like a Warm Bath
This summer I devoured Helen Oyeyemi’s short story collection What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours; I absolutely loved it (read my review here). Made enthusiastic to read more of her work, I recently read the novel Boy, Snow, Bird. My final judgement? Hmm. *warning – this review contains minor spoilers* The story begins as Boy … More Book || Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi