Friday Poetry: Emily Dickinson

Hello and Happy Friday!

I have gone for another Emily Dickinson poem this week, I promise I’m not obsessed, I think…

I like this poem because it has an air of mystery because you don’t actually know what the thing that Emily Dickinson has lost is. It also shows that to us it might be important but to somebody else it might be a trivial thing.

I Lost a World – the Other Day!

I lost a World – the other day!

Has Anybody found?

You’ll know it by the Row of Stars

Around its forehead bound.

 

A Rich man – might not notice it –

Yet – to my frugal Eye,

Of more Esteem than Ducats –

Oh find it – Sir – for me!

 

Emily Dickinson

 

Happy weekend everyone.

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This and That Thursday

Good morning everyone!

I hope this post finds you all well. I can’t believe it is Thursday already, the weeks are flying by. I am now doing more teaching online which is keeping me busy for some reason it does mean more prep work for each lesson because it is online. So here is what I have been up to during the rest of my time.

 

Exercise

I am still exercising regularly and have discovered the walking workouts by Leslie Sansone. I have been doing the ones I have found on YouTube and thoroughly enjoying them. I have treated myself to one of her DVDs as well which I am looking forward to having a go at soon. I am still doing my Davina workouts but it is nice to have a change and mix things up a bit.

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Baking

I made a chocolate swirly cake this week, sadly it was a little drier than I would have liked but it was my own fault I left it in the AGA too long. Hopefully my next cake will be better.

 

Studying

The studying continues although I do need to get back into it more as I have fallen behind slightly.

 

TV and Movies

We have been watching quite a few movies in an evening and have just started watching all the Harry Potter films from the beginning. We have also started watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer from the very beginning which is bringing back memories of watching it when I was a teenager, turns out I missed quite a few episodes.

 

Cats

I seem to have spent a great deal of time this week brushing our cats because as soon as I vacuum there is cat fur everywhere straight after. Hopefully my efforts are helping!

 

That’s about it for now! I had a present off my friend arrive today which is an enormous Paint by Numbers so that will probably feature in next week’s post. Wish me luck I’ve never attempted one before.

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Mid Week Quote: Jascha Heifetz

Happy Wednesday!

I have chosen a quote by Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987) this week who was a Russian-American violinist, many believe he was the greatest violinist.

This quote inspires us to keep striving upwards.

 

“There is no top. There are always further heights to reach.”

 

Jascha Heifetz

 

Happy reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Give off Summer Vibes

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.

Hello

I love this week’s topic especially as at the moment we are having such lovely weather. This is a hard topic for me as I don’t tend to read books that inspire summer vibes and the ones that I have chosen you will probably find strange. Last year whilst sat on the beach I read a book of Gothic Tales and a horror story, not exactly summer reading but it is what I love. Anyway here goes…

 

Jaws by Peter Benchley

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I know a book about a man eating shark doesn’t tend to set the scene for a nice summer but I loved it and it put me in a summery mood last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Get Beach Body Ready by Enid Blyton

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Ok, this isn’t by Enid Blyton but they are her characters and they are characters that always made me think of the summer holidays. I loved reading this book and remembering how I loved to read The Famous Five, to me the Famous Five are all about having adventures on holiday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

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What can be more summer inspiring than pottering around in boats on the river? Wind in the Willows gets my vote!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beach Read by Emily Henry

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This one I haven’t read but it is on my TBR list. The title says it all really.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

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This one inspires summery vibes in me because it is my dream to go on holiday to New York and have breakfast at Tiffany’s. We had planned to go this year but for obvious reasons this did not happen. Hopefully one day.

 

 

 

 

 

The Immortal City by Amy Kuivalainen

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Another odd one but it is set in Venice where I also want to visit. The descriptions in this book of Venice are wonderful and when I read it last year it made me want to visit even more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

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It has been a long time since I have read this book and I must admit I would like to read it again at some point. I know it has Easter Eggs on the front and part of it is set in the time of Easter but it is about chocolate and an isolated French village. To me it screams holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome. K. Jerome

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Another boat related book. There is something so appealing about boating in the summer, or just water in general to be honest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swallows and Amazons

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Ok, another boat related book and a children’s book but I read this as an adult and loved it! Summer holidays are for me about adventures and seeing new things.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Heat Wave by Kate Riordan

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This looks intriguing and it is currently on my TBR list. Set in the South of France it surely can’t help but promote summer vibes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So that is my random selection of books that promote summery vibes for me. I know rather odd in places but it works for me. Please drop me a comment with your thoughts and also a link to your Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by.

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NetGalley

Hello!

After a bit of thought I have decided to dust off my NetGalley account again. I didn’t really use it last year because I had so many books in the house to read, but just recently I have missed my NetGalley account.

When I was using NetGalley regularly I discovered some wonderful books and authors that I have come to love and have read more of their work. The problem I had was that I became overwhelmed with the amount of books I had to review on NetGalley and I just gave up and left it alone.

So now I have decided to start using NetGalley again I have given myself strict rules. The rule is mainly to only request one book at a time and not request another one till I know whether I have been granted a copy to read or not. I will also not request any more books till I have read the one that I have been granted. Hopefully by following these rules I don’t become too overwhelmed.

I have requested my first book The Queen’s Rival by Anne O’Brien and I’m really excited about it as I have met the author in the past and I love her work. Fingers crossed I get it but I fully expect to be refused as I have been quiet for so long on NetGalley.

Hope to be posting some NetGalley reviews soon.

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May 2020 Wrap Up

Hello my fellow Book Dragons

I hope everyone has had a good May and have a fantastic reading plan for June.

So this is what my May looked like in books, as usual please click the picture of the book to go to my review.

Books I read in May

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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352 Pages

Format read: Paperback

5/5 Dragons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fall of Icarus by Ovid

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56 Pages

Format read: Paperback

5/5 Dragons

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Complete Poems by Catullus

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224 Pages

Format read: Paperback

3/5 Dragons

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen by Alison Weir

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624 pages

Format read: Paperback

4/5 Dragons

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dolphins, the Whales and Gudgeon by Aesop

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58 Pages

Format read: Paperback

5/5 Dragons

 

 

 

 

 

Total pages read in May: 1314

So not as many pages or as many books as April but still a good month for reading. Please drop me a link with your monthly wrap up or any thoughts on the books I have read this month.

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The Dolphins, the Whales and the Gudgeon by Aesop (Review)

The Dolphins, the Whales and the Gudgeon by Aesop

About the author

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Aesop (c. 620-564 BCE) was a Greek fabulist and storyteller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop’s Fables.

Blurb

Aesop’s animal fables are some of the earliest stories ever told, thought to have been composed by a slave in Greek antiquity and giving glimpses of a world that is harsh, pitiless and yet also eerily familiar.

Review

Having never read Aesop’s Fables I thought reading this little book of just some of them would be a good introduction to them and now I will be honest I desperately want to read the complete book.

I started reading this little book thinking that I would dip in and out of it but I could not put it down. I just loved every fable and could not believe how relatable they still are for the modern day. These fables will never age in my opinion.

Aesop was clearly a man who had met a lot of people and seen a lot of life to have come up with so many of these very true fables. I really loved how most of the fables used animals instead of people and these animals did not follow the traditional stereotypes of animals so in The Ageing Lion and the Fox the lion is sly and cunning and the fox is the clever one who works out what the lion is doing. Where usually we think of a lion as a brave and noble creature, Aesop is telling us not to judge a book by its cover.

I loved this little book and it took me a tea break to read it. The book made me laugh, it made me smile and it made me think. I give this book 5 out of 5 Dragons and I highly recommend it to everyone.

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