Annual Austen Binge & Rearranging My Top 3

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** Contains spoilers for most Austen novels ** (Do I still have to warn you when a book is 200 years old?)

It is one of our family traditions to love Jane Austen. With a grandfather who has re-read Pride and Prejudice every Christmas for the last 50+ years to set the tone, how could we not? My mum showed me Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility (the film with Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman) when I was 14 years old, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I regularly watch adaptations of each of the ‘great six’ and started reading the books as soon as I had learnt enough English to understand them. I even used to have a habit of watching the 2005 BBC mini-series of Emma every time I got my heart broken by some boy, because “let us think of superior men, there are plenty more suitable suitors around”.

I’ve recently been listening to Austen’s novels as audio books. I found a recording of Pride and Prejudice on Librivox, an app with public domain audio books that I cannot recommend enough, and listened to it over the Christmas holidays. I had to get used to the American narrator for a few chapters, but after that it was very enjoyable. A few weeks ago I listened to Persuasion, then Sense and Sensibility and I’m currently listening to Emma. Someone has just gifted Jane Fairfax a pianoforte, but who could it be?! Continue reading “Annual Austen Binge & Rearranging My Top 3”

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Current Reading Favourites

This morning, as I was eating my breakfast and musing about the delights of reading, I decided that it might be fun to make a short list of my favourite book-related things every half-year or so to see how my tastes develop (or not). Here is instalment number one.

Favourite recent read: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. A review is in the making, to be published whenever I can get my thoughts together about it.

Favourite book of all time: The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I recently wrote a blog post on how much I adore this novel and why. You can find it here. Continue reading “Current Reading Favourites”

The Kind of Poetry I Like

Earlier this weekend one of my friends showed me some of the poetry she enjoys. As we were talking about it she said something along the lines of “I like this poet but I don’t think he writes the kind of poetry you like”. This made me stop and think. Although I had never realized it before, I am indeed a person with a certain taste in poetry. This makes me very happy: I am the kind of person who has read enough poetry to know which styles she enjoys, how cool is that?! Continue reading “The Kind of Poetry I Like”

Christmas Favourites

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Book tree from BuzzFeed

Merry Christmas! I hope you’re all cuddling up near a fire, spending time with family and drinking large mugs of tea. Or whatever it is you like to do to celebrate the holidays :). If you need a little distraction from the festivities, here are some nice Christmas themed web pages to check out:

BuzzFeed’s Alternative Christmas Trees

Would you like something else than your ordinary Christmas tree (be it real or fake) this year? BuzzFeed has compiled a list of 38 ideas for alternative Christmas trees. They vary from driftwood to beer bottles to sweet paper cuts. The one that appealed to me most was this one, made of books (obviously 😉 ). You can find the list here. Continue reading “Christmas Favourites”

November Favourites: Amazing Paper Art

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Paper Landscape Illustrated by Eiko Ojala

Why do I call my monthly favourites after the month we’ve just left behind? Sounds a bit silly, doesn’t it? I’ve decided to do a brief November Favourites post and then jump straight to the December favourites – right in time for the holidays. Stay tuned for book themed Christmas ornaments!

This beautiful landscape as well as the featured image were made by Estonian artist Eiko Ojala, who works digitally, but without the use of 3D- software. He draws everything by hand to create figures, landscapes and even book covers that look as if they’ve been cut from paper. I admit it was a bit of a bummer when I found out that these amazing images weren’t cut from actual paper, but they are still amazing to look at. You can find more of his artwork on his website. Continue reading “November Favourites: Amazing Paper Art”

October Favourites: Tea

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
― C.S. Lewis

Another month has passed, so it is time for my October favourites! I hope you all had a great Halloween yesterday. Now that the festivities are over and the weather is getting worse, I’ll very much enjoy some nice and quiet evenings with a book.  Time to sit snuggled up with a blanket on the couch, a cup of tea in one hand and a detective novel in the other. Is there a better recipe for any cold and stormy night?

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Alice in Wonderland mug

First item on my list of favourites is this increddible tripple-layered Alice in Wonderland mug. The combination of a sweet disney picture and a slightly darker design brings out the various layers in the story. As the mug is double-sided, both you and the person sitting opposite you have a great image to look at. The ‘drink me’ label only appears on the front, which I think is a nice touch. You can find this mug on Amazon. Continue reading “October Favourites: Tea”