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Top Ten Tuesday.

Happy Autumn, everyone! Oh, how I love this season! It's started with a rather misty and damp morning with a lovely breeze. I woke up to coffee and the dawn chorus, and I have a day ahead with not a great deal planned so I'm looking forward to beginning The Iliad (with the hope that the second time around is a little more successful!), and perhaps writing a post about Macbeth or The Sorrows of Young Werther, both of which I plan on writing about this week. 
In the meantime: this week's Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish is "Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read list". It's hard to believe that it was three months ago that I wrote "Top Ten Books on my Summer To-Be-Read list". I've just looked at the post and I'm happy to say I read nine of them (the one I missed was The Decameron by Boccaccio). As for the autumn list: I said in the last post I didn't want to make any plans or lists for autumn, so instead of a Top Ten Books on my …

Last Day of Summer.

I can't believe it's been nearly three weeks since I last updated! There are various reasons, firstly I've had an absolute aversion to my various reading challenges. Between 1st June and 1st September I've read 31 books, and 26 of those have been challenge books. Furthermore, 17 of those 26 were from a list made over two years ago. That truly has been tough reading! Most of the books I enjoyed, and for a while I did get used to reading from a specific list, however I've been so reined in I suppose it was only a matter of time before I rebelled! So this month I've been reading the Harry Potter series, which I finished a few days ago, and, of course, watching the Scottish Referendum.
And that is the second reason why I haven't been blogging: if I've not been reading Harry Potter I've been watching the events unfold. It's been a fascinating few weeks, and though I do not live in Scotland I live so close that a 'yes' vote would have had a gre…

Classic Club September Meme: Jane Austen and Émile Zola

This month's Classic Club question:
"Select two classics from your list (by different authors) that you have finished reading. Now switch the authors, and contemplate how each might have written the other's book. For example, what if Charlotte Brontë had written David Copperfield, and Charles Dickens had written Jane Eyre? How might the style, focus and impact change in a work of literature by a different author's pen? What about William Shakespeare writing Pride & Prejudice, and Jane Austen writing The Taming of the Shrew? Etc. If you discuss the story, please of course remember to warn folks plot details are forthcoming."
Pride and Prejudice by Émile Zola.
Pride and Prejudice (Orgueil et Préjugés) was one of Émile Zola's later novels, written a decade after Germinal, Nana, L'Assommoir, and Thérèse Raquin. It is believed to be one of the last novels of his famous Rougon Macquart series, to be published between The Debacle (La Débâcle), 1892, an…


September! This is one of my favourite months, it's so full of beauty and possibility. Even though I graduated from university nine years ago I still feel the electric buzz of new starts, new books, and new notebooks! I love this time of year, and October too, the equinox (vernal or autumnal) is such an exciting time.
I'm happy to be leaving August. It's been a sad month, though three good things came from it - a new Classics Club list (which I have to admit I altered slightly despite declaring I wouldn't any more, now, though, I'll leave it alone!), and the two baby budgies - Zola and Pepys. They're doing very well and are in the very early stages of being tamed. My only goal is to get them to sit on my hand and be able to move them, and I can just about manage both but only when they're very tired. As for the hens: they're all well, though not enjoying all the rain we've been having. Daisy's finally learned that it's not good to get wet: un…