After my recent lack of posts, for which I can only blame the ever-constant, ever-nagging nuisance that is A2s, I can’t help but feel that this blog has been neglected for long enough and that it is high time for me to upload some more material (although I cannot promise that my disappearing acts will not continue whilst the aforementioned ‘distraction’ is still taking priority in my life). Perhaps it is my desperation to cling onto any sentiment of festive cheer now that the only remnants of Christmas are the excessive turkey left-overs, but I have therefore decided to break myself back in gently by divulging the titles of the literary treats which I was fortunate enough to receive this year. And oh my, were there many; it seems that after 18 years my family and friends really have come to know what it takes to put a smile on my face, for it is safe to say that this Christmas saw me being gifted with the highest number of books I can remember ever receiving in one go, much to my inevitable delight:
1) All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
2) The Nation’s Favourite Poems edited by Griff Rhys Jones
3) The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of Grimm Brothers: The Complete First Edition by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
4) The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
5) The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
6) Us by David Nicholls
7) Love and Friendship and Other Early Works by Jane Austen
8) One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
9) Engleby by Sebastian Faulks
10) Classic Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson
11) The Children Act by Ian McEwan
12) Wars of the Roses: Trinity by Conn Iggulden
It surely goes without saying that I simply cannot wait to while away the hours immersing myself in the varied worlds, stories and characters these books have to offer (it being even less surprising that I could not prevent myself from already making a start). I would love to hear from anyone who has already read any of these, and for any fellow fiction fanatics out there, don’t be afraid to share those works of literature which made a welcome appearance under your own trees this year!
Just a quick continuation of my previous post now that I have received my Christmas gifts from my mum, a big proportion of which consists of even more wonderful books (indeed it now seems that I have been given all of those which were on my wish list!):
1) Tales From Ovid by Ted Hughes.
2) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
3) Burmese Days by George Orwell.
4) The Understudy by David Nicholls.
5) When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro.
6) The Secret History by Donna Tartt.
7) A Delicate Truth by John le Carré.
Well, I’d better get back to my reading…I certainly have enough material to last me a while!
Merry Christmas to all my fellow bloggers and literature lovers! I hope each and every one of you have had a fantastic Christmas day that has been full of festive cheer with family and friends, the exchanging of truly wonderful gifts that will be treasured for years to come (well, perhaps not those socks which inevitably appeared in the stocking), and of course complete over-indulgence of turkey, alcohol and chocolate. That warm and fuzzy feeling inside my stomach which can be brought on by nothing but Christmas meaning that I do not wish to spend too much time away from my family and the wonderfully rubbish Christmas telly, I will keep this post very brief, limiting it only to a reveal of those paper-bound gems which I was lucky enough to receive and which were highlights of my Christmas presents this year:
1) The Child In Time by Ian McEwan.
2) First Love, Last Rites by Ian McEwan.
3) Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.
4) 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (various contributors).
5) A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland.
I also received the very exciting present of tickets for myself and a friend to see the RSC production of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part I in Stratford, a gift which left me in near speechless ecstasy as I tore the mysterious envelope open. Couple this with the promise of more books to come my way on Friday when I spend my second Christmas day at my mum’s, and I am sure you will agree that all in all I have certainly had a very literary-rich Christmas; and for me, this is synonymous with a very good Christmas indeed! I am signing off now with a final wish of merriment to you all, and the words of Tiny Tim: “God bless us, every one!”
First and foremost, I feel that a quick apology is in order before I properly start this post, as it may seem to some of you that I have been neglecting my blogging over recent weeks. This has, however, not been at all intentional, as I absolutely love writing my blog and would never give up the feeling of creative freedom which it gives me; yet unfortunately, in the words of a wise woman i.e. me (I jest), life has to take over sometimes, and this has certainly been the case with me during the past school term. What with numerous essays, wider subject reading, extra-curricular activities and last-minute rehearsals for a drama production, not to mention a million and one other things going on in my life at the moment, I seriously fear that I am in danger of making like Alice and losing my grip on reality by falling over the edge of the abyss into a Wonderland-esque world of madness and insanity, for my mind currently feels as tangled and confused as a series of black scribbles over a pure white page. Ok, I am exaggerating, but in all seriousness I can only stress how busy I have been recently and promise that the start of the Christmas holidays on Friday (my light at the end of the tunnel!) will bring my attention firmly back to my blog and hopefully give me time to write more reviews to share with all of you. In the meantime however, I thought it would be particularly fitting considering the unavoidable festive cheer surrounding us to divulge those literary titles I hope to find in my stocking come Christmas morning this year, a post which I hope will still be enjoyable (and maybe even inspire your own Christmas lists) despite its informality. Continue reading