Booktube Review: The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwall

Hey Bookworms!

Bank Holiday Monday is almost over and I’ve spent the day marathon reading because that’s what Bank Holidays are for. And the icing on the cake is tuning into the next episode of the last season of Game Of Thrones tonight!

I also posted my video review of Bernard Cornwall’s The Last Kingdom on my Youtube channel so please check it out and tell me what you thought. I’d also really appreciate it if you could give my fledgling channel some love and support by subscribing πŸ™‚

Oh..and side note, I know the sound quality is beyond awful but I am working on it and rest assured the next video I post will have no such problems. 🌻🌻🌻

Lochanreads Bookish News Picks

Today I’d like to do something a little different and share with you some of the most interesting articles I’ve read this week in the world of books and publishing. Here are my 3 picks for bookish news stories this week.

  1. Molly Case, the NHS nurse who finds poetry on the wards
Molly Case

Molly Case, a cardiac nurse (pictured left) uses poetry as a means of enlightening people as to the N.H.S crisis in the U.K. Her poem, ‘Nursing The Nation’ is a deeply stirring, accessible rebuttal against the unfairly negative press about those in the medical profession.

2. ‘It’s a silent conversation’: authors and translators on their unique relationship

English language translator Flora Drew with Chinese author Ma Jian.

This interesting story gives a deeper appreciation not just of language, with the weight of nuance and culture behind it, but also the deep familiarity that makes book translations possible. This familiarity is perfectly exemplified through Chinese novelist, Ma Jian (pictured left), known for works such as ‘China Dream’. His translator, Flora Drew (also pictured left) is also his wife and therefore shares a level of intimacy with him that allows her to ‘become him’ in her translations.

3. Chinese writer Tianyi jailed for 10 years over gay erotic novel

The Chinese Supreme PeopleҀ™s Court, where a ruling used to convict the author was passed in 1998

A female Chinese writer, under the alias Tianyi is sentenced to 10 years in prison for writing a novel featuring homo-erotic scenes between two males. The novel is said to go against strict pornography laws. This overly harsh indictment is a stark reminder of the ever present homophobia that is sadly still widespread today.

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Thank you reading! Please feel free to comment down below about any of the articles featured in the post. I look forward to sharing more news related posts with you soon but for now, why not check out some of my latest reviews? Click here to read more! πŸ“š

Vote For My Next Classic Read Of The Month!

Hey Bookworms,

Every month I’ll be reading a classic to add to my collection of reviews. Please help me choose which one I should read next by taking the survey below! And before you go, tell me in the comments: What was the last classic book you read and what did you think? Thank you in anticipation of your votes and Happy Reading! πŸ“š


β€œThere is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen

October Classic Read: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Hey Bibliophiles!

Let me start off with the question I ended my review with; Do you have a perfect Halloween read? If so, please tell me what it is in the comments as well as anything else you’ll be reading this October.

I kicked off this macabre month with the gruesomely ghoulish Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. (Alliteration aside, it’s not that gruesome..) Please do have a read and share your thoughts with me! You can do so by clicking >>here<< ~~(^O^)~~

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New Book Review: People In The Trees by Hanya Yanagihara

People in the trees by Hanya YanagiharaPeople In The TreesΒ is the 2013 debut byΒ American novelistΒ Hanya Yanagihara.Β It is a retrospective account detailing the life story of esteemed scientist Abraham Norton Perina and the events that led to his eventual arrest. The story has a fantastic premise that is both original and unique and discusses very universally relevant themes; that of man’s obssession with eternal youth and the corrupting effects of capitalism.

But that, unfortunately is where all the pros end. In its attempt to evoke the authenticity of a real life edited transcript, it comes off as very dull as a result. I also had a problem with the heavily congested syntax throughout which is a shame as there were admittedly bits of prosaic magic in this read.

To continue reading, please click here.

New Book Review: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

41OVhGrdcSL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Murakami writes with such poetry and enticing perversity in this tonally sombre book, published in 1987 by Kodansha. Toru Watanabe, the protagonist, hears the song Norwegian Wood by the Beatles aboard a flight and is instantly transported back to his disillusioned youth after his best friend, Kizuki committed suicide leaving Toru and Kizuki’s girlfriend, Naoko mutually bereaved, the grief of which somehow sexually gravitates them to one another.

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Norwegian Wood is contextually aware in its allusion to suicide. The pressure to be an exceptional student, attend a prestigious university and follow the linear path of social acceptableness is such that many people in Japan feel driven to such a tragic end. Toru stands out in this respect. He goes to university but doesn’t care much for his studies and casually sleeps with girls alongside his egotistical friend. This redeems his otherwise bland personage for me, by giving his character a sense of novelty.

To continue reading, please click here.

LOCHANREADS CHARITY READATHON

Hi Friends,

I hope you had a fantastic week! I for one am so happy that it’s finally Friday especially since I’m off all weekend.Β πŸŽ‰

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Now without much further ado, I’m really excited (and then some given the novelty of the situation), to host my first ever Charity Readathon! Throughout the month of October, I will be reading as many books as I can for the UK charities; Age UK and Barnardo’s in association with Santander UK.

These charities do amazing work providing care and support for the UK’s most vulnerable groups and it would be an honour to help them in this way.

But wait there’s more! I’m looking for participants to join my Readathon so as to boost the numbers of collective books read during October. All you have to do is read as many books as you can! Simple right? If you are interested in joining LOCHANREADS CHARITY READATHON please leave me a comment below and I will contact you with more information.

I’m super excited to get underway and I really hope that you guys can support me.

Please visit my justgiving page for more information at; http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sanreadathon.

Donations can be made via my just giving page. Just follow the link below to learn more.

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You can also make SMS/Text donations by messaging; TOUX67 + (the amount you want to donate in Β£s) so for example; Text TOUX67 Β£1 to 70070. Standard rates and charges may apply.

Thank for reading and have a wonderful weekend! I will be updating you soon with my progress.

Until next time!Β πŸ“šπŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›