Category Archives: Books

The Book Club

Two months ago I hosted a book club event at a local bookshop. It was an open book club, that is, anyone could come along provided they were willing to participate in English. The book in question was called The … Continue reading

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One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

Why do you read books? Curiosity? Entertainment? To get out of your head and into someone else’s? Sometimes I read books because I think they’ll be good for me. That’s why I picked up One Hundred Years of Solitude.  Curiosity … Continue reading

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The Great Gatsby

In my final year of secondary school, The Great Gatsby was on the required reading list for English. I eagerly lapped it up. It seemed to conform to the type of fiction I felt I ought to be reading. Immature … Continue reading

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

In preparation for moving house some time this year, (the autumn looks hopeful), I have begun sorting through my books, making 3 separate piles: books to keep, books to give away and books I’m undecided about. I intend to re-read … Continue reading

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Fun with Books

Over on a blog called Sentence First, I discovered a new (for me) time-wasting way to have fun with books (apart from reading them, which is only a waste of time if you really should be doing other things): Book mash … Continue reading

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Two Literary Guests

Today I’m continuing with the theme of “blog topics no one is interested in”  “writers I saw at the Literary Festival whose works I have not read”. The first writer was Tèa Obreht.  She was interviewed by the Italian TV presenter, … Continue reading

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Two Very Different Writers

WRITER NO. 1 The first writer I saw at this year’s festivaletteratura in Mantua was Bjorn Larsson, a Swedish novelist.  (No relation to Stieg.) His works include The Celtic Circle and Long John Silver. I have read neither of them. Bjorn … Continue reading

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The Literature Festival

Every September Mantua hosts a festivaletteratura – a literature festival. The festival consists of hundreds of events, mostly talks or interviews with writers, many of whom are novelists. I am an avid festival-goer.  Once upon a time I used to … Continue reading

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Things Organized Relatively Neatly

Here are some of my things organized relatively neatly* (and photographed rather amateurishly with my iPhone). I’m organized when it comes to time management and getting things done, but I’m not particularly organized with things. In fact, I quite like … Continue reading

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After the Exam

My course has finished. I’ve done the exam and now I’m a much freer woman. On the one hand, I’m happy to have my free time back. On the other, I miss: (a) the challenge of juggling work and study; … Continue reading

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