Mid Week Quote: Bede

Happy Wednesday Everybody.

I hope everyone is having a good month so far. I must admit my diary is looking scarier with each week in September so at the moment not much reading is happening sadly.

This weeks quote is one to think about as could reading about good deeds encourage good deeds, but also could reading about bad deeds encourage bad deeds?

This weeks quote is by a monk called Bede born in 673, who at the age of seven, became a junior monk under Benedict Biscop founder of the monastery of St Peter in Wearmouth. Bede moved to Jarrow where he lived until his death in 735. Bede’s great work was Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation.


“If history records good things of good men, the thoughtful hearer is encouraged to imitate what is good.”


Bede 731 CE


Happy reading.

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A New Challenge

Hello my fellow Book Dragons

I thought I would tell you all about my new challenge. This challenge is entirely self inflicted and I came up with the idea after doing a few free courses on the Open University.

My challenge is to translate and read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone from Latin to English. So I am in fact reading Harry Potter et Philosophi Lapis.

I am very much a beginner in Latin so I will be using a great deal of this.



So far I have almost finished the first page and I am beginning to pick up pace, after the first sentence took me just over an hour! I am really enjoying it so far, so fingers crossed I get to the end. Who knows I might read the entire series in Latin.

So that is my challenge.

Happy reading

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ABC Book Challenge: H

Time for another instalment of the ABC Book Challenge.

I hope everyone has had a good start to the week so far.


Books I have loved beginning with H


Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Harlequin by Bernard Cornwell

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

Helen of Troy by Margaret George

Heretic by Bernard Cornwell

Heroes and Villains by Angela Carter

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Holes by Louis Sachar

Hood by Stephen R. Lawhead

Howard’s End by E. M. Forster

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Books on my TBR list beginning with H


Hades’ Daughter by Charlotte Carol



Rather surprisingly I only have one book on my TBR list beginning with H!

I would love to hear your thoughts on some of these books. Please feel free to drop me comment. Also if you are taking part in the ABC Book Challenge please drop me your link in the comments and I will head over and check it out. 


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Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge: Update 3

Hello my fellow Book Dragons!

Well as I’m accelerating towards my deadline of 21st September it is looking less and less likely that I will complete the challenge in the time limit. However, I do intend on finishing all the books on the list this year because it will make my TBR list smaller as they have been sat on the list for a very long time. If I had not been so distracted by other books I might have got further.

So here is the list so far. As usual the crossed out books are also links to the reviews.

Good as gold:- The Casual Vacancy by J. K Rowling

The Book is Better:- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

On the bandwagon:- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood

Short and sweet:- The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Actually want to read:- Jaws by Peter Benchley

Not from around here:- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

In a friend zone:- The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

Wheel of format:- Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Past love:- Matilda by Roald Dahl

Armchair Traveler:- A Room with a View by E. M. Forster


Anyway, I will keep trying to get a few more ticked off before the deadline.

Happy reading.

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Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare (Review)

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare


About the author


William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English poet, playwright and actor. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in English history. He wrote 39 plays, 154 sonnets and other verses.


The play centres on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola (who is disguised as Cesario) falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with Countess Olivia. Upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her thinking she is a man.


This is another book off my Summer Goodreads Reading Challenge and the prompt for this one was to read a format of book you do not usually read so I chose a play because I have not read a play since school. I must admit I really enjoyed it and plan on reading more plays in the future.

I saw this play a few years ago live at a National Trust property outside and laughed a lot I have fond memories of yellow cross gartered stockings. I loved reading this play and it reminded me a great deal of the play when I saw it years ago. Shakespeare is a true comic genius and the use of this genius is evident in this play.

The storyline of the twins is brilliantly executed although I do think the ending is rather rushed but that might just be me wanting the play to last longer. I loved the character of Viola, trying to survive in a man’s world and at the same time falling in love with a man who she cannot go near without blowing her disguise. Sebastian’s part is small in comparison to Viola’s but still vital to the story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this play and it only took me a few hours to read. I gave this book a full 5 out of 5 Dragons.

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Friday Poetry: Brian Patten

Happy Friday!

I hope everyone has exciting bookish plans for the weekend.

So my chosen poem this week is celebrating some of my favourite children’s books so I thought I would share it with you all.

The poem is by Brian Patten an English poet and author born 1946. He writes mostly lyrical poetry about human relationships.


Reading the Classics

The Secret Garden will never age;

The tangled undergrowth remains as fresh

As when the author put down her pen.

Its mysteries are as poignant now as then.


Though Time’s a thief it cannot thieve

One page from the world of make-believe.


On the track the Railway Children wait;

Alice still goes back and forth through the glass;

In Tom’s Midnight Garden Time unfurls,

And children still discover secret worlds.


At the Gates of Dawn Pan plays his pipes;

Mole and Ratty still float in awe downstream.

The weasels watch, hidden in the grass.

None cares how quickly human years pass.


Though Time’s a thief it cannot thieve

One page from the world of make-believe.


Brian Patten


Happy Reading.

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WWW Wednesday 4/09/2019

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

The rules are answer the questions below and a 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?


What I am currently reading:-

Classics: A Very Short Introduction by Mary Beard and John Henderson

Started this a couple of days ago and really enjoying it. This is preparatory reading for my course in October.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Started this last night, so far so good.


What I recently finished reading:-

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Just recently finished this and must admit I have never been so pleased to finish a book before.

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Really enjoyed this and was good to read after seeing it live a couple of years ago.


What I plan on reading next:-


Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Been on the reading list for way too long and is one of my summer reading challenge books.


Please drop me a link if you are also taking part in the WWW Wednesday.

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Mid Week Quote

Happy Wednesday!

This week the schools are back and I am back teaching and already miss my reading time. Hopefully it will not impede my reading too much.

My chosen quote this week is by François-René de Chateaubriand who was a French novelist who had a great veneration for the beauty of the natural world.


“Achilles exists only through Homer. Take away the art of writing from this world, and you will probably take away its glory.”

François-René de Chateaubriand


Hope you all have a good week.


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A Little Rant


Now I am sure my little rant that I am about to have a lot of my fellow Book Dragons will agree with.

I have been waiting for a very large order of books to arrive for the course I am starting in October and today it finally arrived. Needless to say I was very excited when two big boxes arrived. However, that excitement went to disappointment very quickly when I realised two of my books were badly damaged. The one book has many pages with chunks missing out of them and the other book is stained on every single page.

Now I have sent an email to the company with pictures and sadly I have not had a response today, hopefully tomorrow. I did not ring because they recommended emailing due to a waiting time of approximately 20 minutes on the phone.

The thing I was most annoyed about was that both these books had clearly not been checked at all by the person who packed the box and both books especially the stained one are very much in the face, wrong! I have had this happen before and it really upsets me that people do not check the books and instead of a box full of lovely, exciting books you have a box of disappointment.

Anyway that is my little rant.

Please let me know in the comment section if you have had any book delivery disasters.

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Review)

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt


About the author


Donna Tartt is an American writer who received critical acclaim for her first two novels, The Secret History and The Little Friend. Tartt was the 2003 winner of the WH Smith Literary Award for The Little Friend. Her novel The Goldfinch won the Pulitzer Prize in 2014.


It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch combines vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.


I must admit I was excited to read this book to begin with but sadly that excitement did not last. Several times I almost gave up on the book and went for days when I did not read it but I kept coming back to it because I wanted to get to the end and see what happens.

Theo is a very troubled young man who really needs help, even at the end of the book he still in my opinion needs help and I just hope he gets some. I also found him to be terribly frustrating at times and wanted to shake him.

I did not like Kitsey at all in the book whether as a child or an adult, she was simply spoiled and rotten to the core. Boris however has a very troubled life and at times acts very disturbingly but he has a good heart and tries to help his friend Theo.

My favourite character and the reason I kept reading was probably Hobie, he was such a sweet kind hearted man who only wants what is best for the people he knows. Hobie teaches everything he knows to Theo and gives Theo amazing opportunities to better himself and give him a fantastic career but Theo takes advantage.

In my personal opinion I think the book could have been a lot shorter as there was a lot of waffle which just made the book drag on. It was like the author did not know how to stop or edit her work. I really do think that if it had been shorter and more to the point it would have been a good book but I was just losing the will to live and the ending was a massive disappointment to me. I even had to switch off the percentage on my Kindle because the lack of movement just depressed me.

Overall I did not enjoy this book at all but because I finished it I gave it 2 out of 5 dragons. I do not think I will read it again and I am not sure I will try Tartt’s other novels. However, this is only my opinion and I know a lot of people would not agree.

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