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
It’s been a while since I told you I was reading five books at the same time and feeling a bit overwhelmed by my own bravery. Here’s a little update on how it all went down from there: I finished Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee first, because my friend Anne and I were … More What Happened to those Five Books?