Insightful and Lovely: A Room With A View by E.M. Forster

A Room With A View 2My favourite read this January was A Room With A View by E.M. Forster. It was one of those books that had been on my TBR for ages but I never actually sat down to read. (I still didn’t, to be fair. I listened to it on my Loyal Books app, an app full of public domain, free audiobooks that I cannot recommend enough.)

In A Room With A View Lucy Honeychurch travels to Florence with her cousin Charlotte and ends up in a pension full of curious English people. They switch rooms with a father and son, the Emersons, because as they say, ladies appreciate a nice view and men don’t. The son, George Emerson, makes rather an impression on Lucy and throws all of her ideas about her rigid, organised life off balance. Can she ever fully go back to her old ways? Continue reading “Insightful and Lovely: A Room With A View by E.M. Forster”

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Talking Pages | 3 Stars To TED-Ed’s ‘There’s A Poem For That’

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This weekend, the TED-Ed channel on YouTube launched their new series ‘There’s A Poem For That‘ which, according to them, “features animated interpretations of poems both old and new that give language to some of life’s biggest feelings”. Poetry nerd as I am, I, of course, got very excited and had to check it out immediately. Here are some of my thoughts: Continue reading “Talking Pages | 3 Stars To TED-Ed’s ‘There’s A Poem For That’”

Confession: The Ten Notebooks I’m Currently Using

I absolutely adore buying new notebooks. I love picking up a notebook in a shop, looking at its elegant design, hearing the soothing flutter of its crisp pages and feeling its weight in my hand.

Each new project I start *needs* a new notebook, I hardly ever fill one completely. I was thinking about this as I was clearing up my desk and realising how many in-use notebooks were lying around. Perhaps this is a bit too many. What do you think?

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I’ll start with the most obvious one: my bullet journal. Even though we’re nearing the end of January I haven’t completely transitioned from last year’s bullet journal into my fresh new set up yet, so that makes two. Continue reading “Confession: The Ten Notebooks I’m Currently Using”

7 Places to Find Poetry You’ll Love

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Finding new poems to read in this massive soup we call ‘the internet’ can be a very daunting, frustrating task. Where does one even start? Simply googling ‘poetry’ doesn’t always give the best results, and always reading the same authors may be a bit unfulfilling.

Here are seven places to find some new poetry; poetry to inspire you, comfort you or broaden your mind.

1. From your favourite films, books or series

If a poem is part of something you already love, chances are that you will enjoy it too. Look up (the full version of) a poem from your favourite film, and maybe try another one by its author. I, for example, learned Shakespeare’s 116th Sonnet by heart when I was sixteen because I was so moved by the scene in Ang Lee’s Sense & Sensibility where Marianne recites it in the pouring rain. (Pretentious drama queen much?) Continue reading “7 Places to Find Poetry You’ll Love”

Talking Pages | How Mary Shelley Got Dressed

talking pages shelley l‘Talking Pages’ is new a segment where I share some of my favourite literature-inspired Youtube videos. 

This video is part of the Getting Dressed series by Crow’s Eye Productions. I absolutely love watching their historically accurate (or so they claim, I honestly have no way of knowing) short documentaries on what people wore in Victorian England, during the First World War or as a 14th century ploughman. The videos usually only describe the process of getting dressed, but for this Halloween special Crow’s Eye went a little further and included information about Mary Shelley herself and re-enacted some key moments in her conception of Frankenstein. Continue reading “Talking Pages | How Mary Shelley Got Dressed”

Christmas Character Tag | Bookending Winter 2018

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I was tagged by the lovely Mandy @ Devouring Books to do this Christmas Character Tag. The tag was originally created by Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward as part of this year’s Bookending Winter event.

As today is the first day of Christmas, I figured I’d better get round to putting the finishing touches on this post… If you’re reading this after the holiday, you may consider this my Christmas card — prepared in advance but sent out on the day so it’s sure to arrive too late. Continue reading “Christmas Character Tag | Bookending Winter 2018”