I hope everyone has had a good week and has some fun plans for the weekend.
My chosen poem this week is by the poet and author Edith Nesbit (1858-1924).
All winter through I sat alone,
Doors barred and windows shuttered fast,
And listened to the wind's faint moan moan,
And ghostly mutterings of the past;
And in the pauses of the rain,
Mid whispers of dead sorrow and sin,
Love tapped upon the window pane:
I had no heart to let him in.
But now, with spring, my doors stand wide;
My windows let delight creep through;
I hear the skylark sing outside;
I see the crocus, golden new.
The pigeons on my window-sill,
Winging and wooing, flirt and flout,-
Now Love must enter if he will,
I have no heart to keep him out.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For more info please check out Jana’s blog.
This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is a rewind so I have chosen last weeks topic as I missed it last week. So here are some of the books I plan to read in Spring 2023.
All of these have been stuck on my TBR pile for far top long. This year I am buying less books and so far I have only bought one book a month. This lack of book buying will hopefully mean I can get through my TBR pile a bit this year.
Fingers crossed I get around to reading some of these books.
If you have taken part in Top Ten Tuesday this week please drop me your link and I will head over for a visit.
Goodreads Monday is now hosted by Budget Tales Book Club. All you have to do is show off a book from your TBR that you’re looking forward to reading.
I hope everyone has had a good start to the week. I will be honest I haven’t had the best start to the week. Teaching naughty children and having my time wasted left me very annoyed but at least I got some reading done in my lunch break.
My chosen book this week is one from one of my all time favourite authors, Alexandre Dumas. I would love to eventually read all of his books but I will be honest most of his books are rather weighty and take me quite a while to read. However, I live in hope that one day I will manage it.
Cornelius von Baerle, a respectable tulip-grower, lives only to cultivate the elusive black tulip and win a magnificent prize for its creation. But after his powerful godfather is assassinated, the unwitting Cornelius becomes caught up in deadly political intrigue and is falsely accused of high treason by a bitter rival. Condemned to life imprisonment, his only comfort is Rosa, the jailer’s beautiful daughter, and together they concoct a plan to grow the black tulip in secret. Dumas’ last major historical novel is a tale of romantic love, jealousy and obsession, interweaving historical events surrounding the brutal murders of two Dutch statesman in 1672 with the phenomenon of tulipomania that gripped seventeenth-century Holland.
Fingers crossed I will get around to reading this soon but first I must finish The Count of Monte Cristo!
I hope everyone has had a nice weekend. I have spent the evening busily packaging up an order for my Etsy. The customer ordered A Book A Month for 6 months so they will be receiving 6 mystery books in the post in the next few days. I really hope they like the books as they look fab.
This famous story of man’s progress through life in search of salvation remains one of the most entertaining allegories of faith ever written. Set against realistic backdrops of town and country, the powerful drama of the pilgrim’s trials and temptations follows him in his harrowing journey to the Celestial City.
Along a road filled with monsters and spiritual terrors, Christian confronts such emblematic characters as Worldly Wiseman, Giant Despair, Talkative, Ignorance, and the demons of the Valley of the Shadow of Death. But he is also joined by Hopeful and Faithful.
An enormously influential 17th-century classic, universally known for its simplicity, vigor, and beauty of language, The Pilgrim’s Progress remains one of the most widely read books in the English language.
I read this book a long time ago and I must admit I struggled with it then but I thought I would give it another chance and so I put it on my Classics Club list. In hindsight I probably should not have bothered as the book had still not improved for me.
The storyline for this book is good and I can see what Bunyan was trying to get across but I just can’t stand the main character Christian. The storyline is based on a dream and the dream is based around the character Christian. In all honesty as a Christian myself I really don’t think the character Christian shows us to our best advantage. The character Christian is in my opinion a pompous ass who thinks himself above everyone else. He is self righteous and really annoying. He also abandons his family and basically condemns them to their fate.
The story follows the many adventures of Christian and the many other characters he encounters. The other characters he encounters are all basically people who start out on the journey to faith but inevitably fail.
I really do not get along with this book and it is mainly because of the character Christian. I won’t be making the mistake of reading this book again and I only give this book 2 out of 5 Dragons.
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About the author
John Bunyan (1628-1688), a Christian writer and preacher, was born at Harrowden (one mile south-east of Bedford), in the Parish of Elstow, England. He wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress, arguably the most famous published Christian allegory. In the Church of England he is remembered with a Lesser Festival on 30 August.