Game of Thrones: Winter is finally here

The final series, Winter is here and Jon Snow still doesn't know anything. In what could be called an Epic, I don't think I'll be the only one who will be sorry to see the finale, especially since it has taken so long to get there. I joined the action in the break between series …

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Keeping up with the Blog, or Why I Didn’t Blog For a While

There are some habits that are almost impossible to break, such as cleaning your teeth before bed, taking a sugar in your coffee every morning and using the same mug at breakfast. Sometimes, habits like practising an instrument can fall by the wayside but can be picked up later, likewise blogging is very much the …

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Mansfield Park by Jane Austen: the poor relation story πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ

This is the third Austen book I've read and it couldn't be more different from Northanger Abbey and Pride and Prejudice. Mansfield Park takes on the upper class from the view of the underprivileged middle class, from a woman utterly dependent on the generosity of her aristocratic aunt and uncle. The novel also deals with …

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Thoughts on an Emily Dickinson Poem

All overgrown by cunning moss, (146) by Emily Dickinson "All overgrown by cunning moss, All interspersed with weed, The little cage of β€œCurrer Bell” In quiet β€œHaworth” laid. This Bird – observing others When frosts too sharp became Retire to other latitudes – Quietly did the same – But differed in returning – Since Yorkshire …

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: a fun fantasy πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ

A Christmas present from a friend, I read this in two sittings and thoroughly enjoyed it. A world of high fantasy and normality set in Prague and the elusive Elsewhere, with characters called Brimstone, Karou and Akiva, I was hooked from the first few pages. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a book that was …

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BBC Les MisΓ©rables: A beautiful rendition of a classic (contains mild spoilers)

When I saw last year that the BBC were doing a six episode long adaptation of Les MisΓ©rables, I was very excited. Despite the often long, rambling and boring prose Victor Hugo wrote, I would still count Les MisΓ©rables as a great book. I loved the complexity, the emotion and the far reaching narrative that …

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Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan: a stunning new fantasy πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ.5

There are some things which sell a book to me, and an author dropping historical and cultural context about her book is definitely one of those things.  Girls of Paper and Fire is the first book of what I'm sure will become a popular series. A world with three castes of people ranging from full …

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