My reading month is looking pretty dismal so far and at this rate, I’ll be happy if I complete at least one book. I’ll never understand how some readers can complete upwards of 15 books in a month…FREAK readers is what I’ve decided to call them. Those people that can transcend the the strain of ‘adulting’ and thus process multiple books like machines. But I digress. Regardless of how subpar this month is turning out to be, I’m really excited about the new Booktube video that I’ve just posted and you should definitely check it out (despite my mugshot of a thumbnail!)
I hope you’re enjoying whatever you’re reading this weekend. Feel free to share also, I could always use more recommendations. 😉
I recently posted my latest Booktube Review on VOX by Christina Dalcher, my current Book Of The Month! See below to view it and also if you’re feeling especially charitable today, then please subscribe to my channel for more booktube reviews.
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 🙂
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. 🌻🌻🌻
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! 📚
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! 📚
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^)~~
People In The Trees is the 2013 debut byAmerican novelist Hanya Yanagihara. 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.