Mid Week Quote: Sima Qian

Happy Wednesday!

This weeks quote is from Records of the Grand Historian by Sima Qian. The records were started by Qian’s father and took about two decades to complete.

“Though bitter, good medicine cures illness. Though it may hurt, loyal criticism will have beneficial effects.”

Sima Qian c. 109 BCE


Happy reading.

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New Books: 15/09/2019

Hello everyone!

I thought I would share with you all the books I have bought so far in September because I have not updated you all on my purchases recently and the number is growing at an alarming rate. Two of the books were the damaged ones and I have just recently received the replacement copies.


New Books


Classical Archaeology Edited by Susan E. Alcock and Robin Osborne



Latin for Dummies by Clifford A. Hull, Steven R. Perkins and Tracy Barr



Handbook for Classical Research by David M. Schaps



Too Much To Know by Ann M. Blair



Collins Latin Dictionary and Grammer



Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis by J. K. Rowling



The Poems of Catullus by Gaius Valerius Catullus



Andromache, Hecuba, Trojan Women by Euripides



On Chapel Sands: My Mother and other Missing Persons by Laura Cumming



The Testaments by Margaret Atwood



As you can see a lot of books so far this month. Most of these are either for my new challenge or my new course starting next month, you can probably guess which ones I have bought for fun reading.

Please drop me a comment if you have read any of these.

Happy Reading

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Friday Poetry: Tolkien

Happy Friday Everyone!

Apologies in the delay of the Friday Poetry post, yesterday I just did not feel like blogging and today assignments got the better of me.

Today I have gone for a poem by my all time favourite author J. R. R. Tolkien. This poem features in his book The Fellowship of the Ring, which is the first book of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I used to read this trilogy every year but have not read it for at least 6 or 7 years, I think it might be time to reread an old favourite.


All That is Gold Does Not Glitter

All that is gold does not glitter,

Not all those who wander are lost.

The old that is strong does not wither,

Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,

A light from the shadows shall spring;

Renewed shall be the blade that was broken,

The crownless again shall be king.

J. R. R. Tolkien


Happy Reading.

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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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