The ‘To Read’ List (Updated 9th August 2017)

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EDIT: Updated 9th August 2017 – The Handmaid’s Tale and A Clockwork Orange added to list.

…As for the subject of this post; yes, it is the dreaded ‘To Read’ pile that, for those like me who enjoy a good book, seems to grow ever bigger due to the heavy demands and committments of our everyday lives. It became a bit of a problem for me last year, as I was constantly buying books from second-hand bookshops/charity shops, thinking ‘I’ll get to all these someday’, only to find I had so many building up in my room, still unread. It was at that point I literally sorted them into a ‘To Read’ pile, and began, you know, actually reading the blasted things, further vowing to not buy anymore until I had finished them. I’ll admit I make the occassional exception – if there is a new Margaret Atwood coming out I will either buy it or ask for it as a gift, for example – but I’ve generally managed to keep to this pretty well. So, in order to keep an actual list for myself, here are all of the books that have amassed in the pile, with links to their Goodreads pages (I will give my account on there some attention as I work through all of these as well!). Click to read on…

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Quick Book Review: Hag-Seed (Margaret Atwood)

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Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is one of my all-time favourite authors; my love affair beginning way back in my sixth form English Literature class where we studied The Handmaid’s Tale (one of her more famous works, adapted as a film in 1990 and soon to be a 10-episode TV series on streaming service Hulu). This chilling dystopian vision so beautifully written led me to read her other books, and I still make it a point to read any new material of hers to this day. Therefore it was a lovely surprise on Christmas Day to receive Hag-Seed as a present from my boyfriend, who is well aware of my fondness for the Canadian author.

Hag-Seed presents itself as a modern re-telling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest – I do very much enjoy the Bard’s works as well (again, this stems from studying many of his plays at school). This isn’t the first time Atwood has attempted her own spin on a classic – she also previously wrote The Penelopiad, which was a re-telling of Homer’s Odyssey, only this time from told from the perspective of Odysseus’s wife Penelope. This provided a humorous take on the classic tale, but also allowed for a more modern examination of the role of gender within society, and was an entertaining read all round. Therefore I was looking forward to reading Atwood’s take on Shakespeare, and I was certainly not disappointed.

The book tells the story of Felix, a big name in theatre whose world comes crashing down when he is forcibly removed from his own production of The Tempest. After years of stewing in solitude and thoughts of revenge, he ends up teaching a theatre course to inmates at the local prison, and sees the chance to finally put on the play that he has so desperately wanted to all these years, but also plots to use it as a tool of revenge against those who betrayed him. The novel of course has Atwood’s familar brand of witty cynicism in its overall tone,  but is also a very touching story, with the reader rooting for Felix and the prisoners all the way through, with the struggles they face in putting the production together. The differing intepretations of the plot and characters among the inmates is very interesting as well, and it is an intriguing idea to see things from their point of view, given the sort of lives they have led to end up imprisoned in the first place. As well as the play itself, once fully realised, providing a humourous execution of Felix’s long-plotted vengeance, Atwood has also very cleverly made Felix’s story and the plot itself a subtle re-telling of The Tempest as well. This means it can be a satisfying read for those already familar with the original play, or be a springboard to perhaps encourage a reader to investigate Shakespeare for themselves, as well as being a gripping read in its own right.

I laughed, I almost cried as I read through this fantastic book, and would highly recommend it to fans of Atwood and Shakespeare alike, but should also prove a worthwhile read even to those not completely familar with either.

A 5/5 from me!

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The ‘To Read’ List (Updated 1st September 2016)

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EDIT: Updated 1st September 2016 – I removed a couple of books from the list, as I realised that I probably wouldn’t actually enjoy them (they kind of just ended up in my possession, rather than being purchased), but I have added a few recent second-hand pick ups 🙂

…As for the subject of this post; yes, it is the dreaded ‘To Read’ pile that, for those like me who enjoy a good book, seems to grow ever bigger due to the heavy demands and committments of our everyday lives. It became a bit of a problem for me last year, as I was constantly buying books from second-hand bookshops/charity shops, thinking ‘I’ll get to all these someday’, only to find I had so many building up in my room, still unread. It was at that point I literally sorted them into a ‘To Read’ pile, and began, you know, actually reading the blasted things, further vowing to not buy anymore until I had finished them. I’ll admit I make the occassional exception – if there is a new Margaret Atwood coming out I will either buy it or ask for it as a gift, for example – but I’ve generally managed to keep to this pretty well. So, in order to keep an actual list for myself, here are all of the books that have amassed in the pile, with links to their Goodreads pages (I will give my account on there some attention as I work through all of these as well!). Click to read on…

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Years of My Life: 1990

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To recap: This is a series of posts that will cover each year of my life since my birth in 1987; mainly the things that interest me that happened/were released or conceived that particular year. This will include happenings in the world of music, video games, literature and television that are of particular importance or nostalgia to me. I’m hoping that this will give my followers a better idea of where my interests and passions in life lie 🙂

Check out the previous post for 1989 here.

On to 1990!

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The ‘To Read’ List (Updated 5th August 2016)

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EDIT: Updated 5th August 2016

…As for the subject of this post; yes, it is the dreaded ‘To Read’ pile that, for those like me who enjoy a good book, seems to grow ever bigger due to the heavy demands and committments of our everyday lives. It became a bit of a problem for me last year, as I was constantly buying books from second-hand bookshops/charity shops, thinking ‘I’ll get to all these someday’, only to find I had so many building up in my room, still unread. It was at that point I literally sorted them into a ‘To Read’ pile, and began, you know, actually reading the blasted things, further vowing to not buy anymore until I had finished them. I’ll admit I make the occassional exception – if there is a new Margaret Atwood coming out I will either buy it or ask for it as a gift, for example – but I’ve generally managed to keep to this pretty well. So, in order to keep an actual list for myself, here are all of the books that have amassed in the pile, with links to their Goodreads pages (I will give my account on there some attention as I work through all of these as well!). Click to read on…

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Years of My Life: 1988

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To recap: This is the second in a series of posts that will cover each year of my life since my birth in 1987; mainly the things that interest me that happened/were released or conceived that particular year. This will include happenings in the world of music, video games, literature and television that are of particular importance or nostalgia to me. I’m hoping that this will give my followers a better idea of where my interests and passions in life lie 🙂

Check out the previous post for 1987 here.

On to 1988!

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The ‘To Read’ List (updated 1/5/2016)

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EDIT: Updated 1st May 2016

…As for the subject of this post; yes, it is the dreaded ‘To Read’ pile that, for those like me who enjoy a good book, seems to grow ever bigger due to the heavy demands and committments of our everyday lives. It became a bit of a problem for me last year, as I was constantly buying books from second-hand bookshops/charity shops, thinking ‘I’ll get to all these someday’, only to find I had so many building up in my room, still unread. It was at that point I literally sorted them into a ‘To Read’ pile, and began, you know, actually reading the blasted things, further vowing to not buy anymore until I had finished them. I’ll admit I make the occassional exception – if there is a new Margaret Atwood coming out I will either buy it or ask for it as a gift, for example – but I’ve generally managed to keep to this pretty well. So, in order to keep an actual list for myself, here are all of the books that have amassed in the pile, with links to their Goodreads pages (I will give my account on there some attention as I work through all of these as well!). Click to read on…

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