Tagged: reading

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On using your fingers, at all times, correctly

Each morning I sit down to journal, just for 3 pages, no more. Anything more is indulgence. I start from the realm of dreams and sit, bleary-eyed, at my desk, hot cup of tea in hand, in my right hand, my writing hand. It makes it hard to write, sometimes....

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The Jungle – Upton Sinclair

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair is an unrelentingly awful tramp through the worst parts of early American capitalism. Normally I would hate something this despairing, but actually I found myself drawn in and – unusually for me – unable to look away. Upton Sinclair’s expose of the Chicago meat packing...

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Did not finish – reading by numbers

Adding a book to the ‘did not finish’ pile always feels like a failure. On whose part, I don’t know – the reader and the writer are sometimes equally to blame. There are plenty of (probably) truly excellent books that I just haven’t been able to finish, and loads of...

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Reading in the Park

Most visitors to Croatia come for the summer and head straight to the coast. Sometimes, I think they might be bypassing the best that Croatia has to offer – because there’s no doubt about it, when the sun is shining the whole of Zagreb comes out to play. It seems...

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Song of the Lark – Willa Cather

“Song of the Lark”, Willa Cather; (Kindle edition), 1915 Review – A worthy American classic I’m ashamed to admit I’d never heard of Willa Cather before picking up this book. She’s an important classic American author – but somehow I’d missed her entirely. And, in fact, I may still have...

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A Cyrillic obsession

It only takes a few minutes to get a vague understanding of the Cyrillic alphabet and it’s definitely worth your time if you’re heading to Serbia, Bulgaria or Bosnia. There are a lot of good resources online and you should spend part of your train, plane or bus journey running...

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte

“The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” (Kindle edition), 1848. A review of Anne Bronte’s forgotten classic. It’s no secret that I adore classic novels. Just a few days after borrowing my Kindle in Italy, C’s mum handed it back to me and said “you’ve got a lot of Anthony Trollope, haven’t...

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An A to Z of Women Writers

Like many people, I like to create rituals or impose odd limitations on myself in order to get stuff done. For instance, I recently went to Bristol to work on my novel. Yes, Bristol. It seems like an odd choice, but if I’d stayed in Zagreb I probably would have...

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Reading Women

Quite by accident this year I’ve almost entirely read books only by women. * Many internets-people have declared 2014 to be the year they read more women writers. Some are even going so far as to say they’ll only read women writers. Having usually been someone who says “I only...