Goodreads Monday: 28/02/2022

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 am continuing with featuring books off my Classics Club list and I am also linking my Goodreads Monday posts on the main list as well so I don’t forget which books I have featured.

Love in Excess is a well-crafted novel in which the claims of love and ambition are pursued through multiple storylines until the heroine engineers a melodramatic conclusion. Love in Excess and its reception provide a lively and valuable record of the challenge that female desire posed to social decorum.

This is a new author for me. I made sure that when I built my list of Classics books I had some new authors as well as old favourites. I always like discovering new authors especially if they have written lots of good books that I can add to my TBR.

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Happy Reading

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Friday Poetry: Eleanor Farjeon

Happy Friday!

I hope everyone has had a good week so far.

My chosen poem this week is by Eleanor Farjeon.

The Night Will Never Stay

The night will never stay,
The night will still go by,
Though with a million stars
You pin it to the sky,
Though you bind it with the blowing wind
And buckle it with the moon,
The night will slip away
Like sorrow or a tune.

Eleanor Farjeon

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Mid Week Quote: Charles W. Eliot

Hello!

I hope everyone is having a good week so far.

My chosen quote this week is by the American academic Charles William Eliot (1834-1926) who was Harvard president from 1869-1909.

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.

Charles W. Eliot

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Goodreads Monday: 21/02/2022

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.

Hello!

I hope everyone has had a good start to the week. I have been trying to catch up on chores today but I did manage some quiet time with my book as well.

I am continuing with featuring books off my Classics Club list and I am also linking my Goodreads Monday posts on the main list as well so I don’t forget which books I have featured.

Wilkie Collins is rightly regarded as one of the nineteenth century’s most eminent writers. Although many Persephone readers will know The Woman in White and The Moonstone, he in fact published twenty-one other novels. The New Magdalen (1873), Persephone Book No.138, is about a ‘fallen woman’, Mercy Merrick, attempting to rehabilitate her character and her reputation; and the (often reprehensible and unkind) attitude of some of those around her.

I absolutely loved reading The Woman in White so I am looking forward to reading The New Magdalen. I always find it such a shame that books get lost and forgotten so I think it is great of Persephone books to get this book back on the shelves and people reading it again.

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Friday Poetry: Sarah Josepha Hale

Hello!

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has some exciting plans for the weekend.

My chosen poem this week is actually a nursery rhyme written by Sarah Josepha Hale. Hale (1788-1879) was an American writer, activist, and editor.

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow,
And everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go;
He followed her to school one day -
That was against the rule,
It made the children laugh and play
To see a lamb at school.

And so the Teacher turned him out,
But still he lingered near,
And waited patiently about,
Till Mary did appear.
And then he ran to her and laid 
His head upon her arm,
As if he said - 'I'm not afraid - 
You'll shield me from all harm.'

'What makes the lamb love Mary so,'
The little children cry;
'O, Mary loves the lamb you know,'
The Teacher did reply,
'And you each gentle animal
In confidence may bind,
And make them follow at your call,
If you are always kind.'

Sarah Josepha Hale

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This and That Thursday

Hello!

I haven’t done a This and That Thursday recently so I thought I would do one because today I have been on a big adventure.

Between work, reading and chores I have also managed some other activities.

Jigsaws

I have got back into doing jigsaws again recently. I can’t spend a lot of time on them but it is nice to have a challenge to have a go at when I have a few spare minutes. The most recent one I have finished was the Jane Austen jigsaw.

Harry Potter Studio Tour

Today I met up with my best friends and we went to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. This is my fifth visit and I still get so excited to go. I love that each time you go there is something new to see and learn. Today we were showed how some of the tricks were done like the Weasley fire works in The Order of the Phoenix.

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WWW Wednesday: 16/02/2022

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The rules are answer the questions below and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

Hello!

I hope everyone is having a good week so far. It has been a couple of weeks since I have done this post because I have been stuck reading the one book. However, I am now back!

What I am Currently Reading

I have just started Moll Flanders and so far so good.

What I have Recently Finished Reading

I loved this so much and towards the end I simply could not put it down.

What I Think I will Read Next

Think it will most likely be Nemesis Games as I need to get back to TheExpanse series but it always depends on my mood.

Please drop me a comment with your WWW Wednesday and I will head over for a visit.

Happy Reading!

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Top 5 Tuesday: Series I Haven’t Finished

Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and now being hosted by Meeghan reads.

Hello!

I thought this weeks prompt for Top 5 Tuesday was a good one for me as I am rather hopeless at finishing book series.

  1. The Wheel of Time – When I first started reading this series I read the first 5 books then gave up. A year later I tried again and reread the first 3 books. Now after 7 years I am attempting the series again and I have nearly finished the second book. I am also determined that this time I will finish the series.
  2. Shardlake – I started this series last year and read the first two books but I need to get back to get back to reading the series because I do really like the character of Shardlake and the books.
  3. The Expanse – I started this series last year and read the first 4 books. I absolutely love this series so I am looking forward to getting back into it.
  4. A Song of Ice and Fire – My not finishing this series is not my fault. Like a lot of readers, I am desperately waiting for Mr Martin to write the next book in the series.
  5. The d’Artagnan Romances – I love The Three Musketeers and have read it more times than I remember. I have also read and loved Twenty Years After. I would really like to finish this series as I just love the characters.

Fingers crossed I finish these series sometime in the future.

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The Weekly Brief

Hello!

I hope everyone has had a good weekend so far.

This week has been much better on the blogging front thankfully and I am starting to catch up on my book reviews.

Posts this Week

Currently Reading

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