I’m not going to title this post “must try harder”

I want to title this post must try harder but I know that I shouldn’t.

So I failed at the A to Z challenge. Think I gave myself too much of a tight theme for this year. Nevermind.

And I haven’t blogged anything else this month either.  It’s not a case that I’ve not had anything to say as one where all the things I’ve wanted to say were probably a bad idea to blog about.

On the whole it’s been a good month and there’s not a whole lot of news or developments to share.  But there were a few very stressful moments and bad days.  I did start writing a blog about one of those which I was going to call “Now and then I think of all the times you screwed me over” – which was more because I’ve been listening to Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye again and that’s a lyric from that song I particularly like.  It was much more of a taking advantage of me situation than a deliberate screwing me over situation.

In terms of writing I had one piece on Safe Space – No and No and No and That’s OK. 

I was given a piece to write for my journalism course which will be going live over on another website at some point in the next few weeks but I’m not sure when.  I’m half excited, half wary to share it here because I’ve had some amazing feedback on it but the topic is one that’s unusual for me and a difficult one for some.

And that’s what you missed.

 

An A to Z of Books and Authors: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

For the A to Z blogging challenge this year I’ve decided to have a bookish theme and share some of my favourite books and authors – ones that I’ve loved, those I revisit time and time again. Ones that made me laugh and ones that have been influential in other ways.

B is for The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

B icon from the A to Z blogging challengeI read this back in 2013. Really I could have chosen any Margaret Atwood novel (or at least any of the ones I’ve read) as I’m slowly working my way through her backlist and have found all the ones I’ve read so far intriguing and interesting.  They are enjoyable but not in the most obvious of ways.  I knew I would include one of her books just not which. But I needed a book for B so The Blind Assassin it is.

This was a book that I originally tried to read and put aside only to return to some years later and manage to finish this time. Whether the difference was the first time I tried to read the paperback from the library and the second I had the audiobook (pretty much all the of the Atwood I’ve read has been audio) or whether the difference was simply it was the right time I’m not sure.

Blind Assassin is an epic both in terms of length and in terms of it’s scope which spans many years. It had a twist that I didn’t see coming and relationships that I found realistic.  It’s probably not the first book that comes to mind when people mention Atwood (I suspect that’s The Handmaid’s Tale which I agree is good) and it’s not usually the one I recommend to people starting with her books (that’s Alias Grace) but it’s well worth reading and a book that stayed with me for a long time.

An A to Z of Books and Authors: Jane Austen

For the A to Z blogging challenge this year I’ve decided to have a bookish theme and share some of my favourite books and authors – ones that I’ve loved, those I revisit time and time again. Ones that made me laugh and ones that have been influential in other ways.

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A is for Austen. As in Jane Austen.

Classics are something I read a few times a year.  Not on a hugely regular basis but enough to say they are a part of my reading loves.  I read some classics as a child – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett was one I read again and again one holiday – but mostly when I had to.  I can’t remember really reading any classics at school and it was an area of reading I didn’t touch for a long time.

Eventually I set myself a list of goals. Some of them were reading related but most weren’t. And as an adult my love of classics began once I tackled the goal to read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

I really enjoyed it and I’ve read all of her books now with the exception of Emma (I’ve partially read that at least twice but never got all the way through it). Part of me thinks I should give it another go but I’m not sure I will.  My favourite remains Pride and Prejudice and I’m considering rereading Persuasion having heard a few people say that was their favourite and not being able to remember much about it.

I don’t have a favourite classics author (Dickens is my least favourite I think) – at the moment I’d say I have a soft spot for the Bronte sisters as I’m still working my way through their books and with the exception of Wuthering Heights which I didn’t understand I’ve loved reading them.  But I enjoy Austen a lot and she’s a bit of a special author for me because she’s the one who got me reading a genre I didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I do.