Why are famous quotes famous?

Why are famous quotes famous?

There are certain classic quotes from literature that everyone seems to know, whether they’ve read the source text or not. Shakespeare especially is a huge source of these: after all, who doesn’t know ‘O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo!’ and ‘To be or not to be, that is the question!’ By the same token, most people are familiar with the famous opening of Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities whether they have read it or not, and have heard ‘Call me Ishmael’ despite not having a clue who on… Read more »

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Review: Wool by Hugh Howey

Review: Wool by Hugh Howey

‘’Get the mayor,’ Holston said. He let out a sigh, that heavy breath he’d been holding for three years. ‘Tell her I want to go outside.’ Warning: Minor Spoilers. Given my penchant for dystopian fiction, I had high hopes for this book, especially as the concept seemed pretty promising. It veered away from The Hunger Games/Divergent set up of a future humanity split into sections, and instead had them cooped up in a silo with a deadly wasteland of a world left outside, visible only from a window, and forbidden… Read more »

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Ten Book Challenge

Ten Book Challenge

A while ago I was tagged for the Ten Book Challenge by Fangirling Misses, and I’ve finally got round to it! These are the rules: ‘List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Do not take more than a few minutes and do not think too hard. They do not have to be the “right” books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way. Paste these instructions and tag 10 friends, including me, so I can see your list.’ So here… Read more »

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What 2 Months of Blogging Has Taught Me

What 2 Months of Blogging Has Taught Me

The other day I realised that I have been blogging for two months! Whilst this is hardly a long time, it’s already starting to feel like I have always been dreaming up fresh blog posts and obsessively checking my blog comments and Twitter feed in my lunch break. It’s certainly been a learning curve, going from a person who is generally fairly inept with computers (I usually just shout my tech-savvy sister to help!) to someone who has successfully set up a blog, and whilst my design is pretty minimalist,… Read more »

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Top 5 Contemporary Short Stories

Top 5 Contemporary Short Stories

Last week I shared my Top 5 Classic Short Stories, so here are my top 5 contemporary stories (and by contemporary, I’m talking later than the 70s!): 5. Tandolfo the Great by Richard Bausch Although nothing too tragic happens in Tandolfo the Great, there is something very sad and poignant about it, which considering its exuberant title and the fact its protagonist is a clown, comes as a surprise. It tells the story of child’s entertainer Rodney, aka Tandolfo, who planned to propose to the love of his life using a huge, multi-tiered… Read more »

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Review: Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

Review: Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

‘The bedroom is strange. Unfamiliar. I don’t know where I am, how I came to be here. I don’t know how I’m going to get home.’ Before I Go To Sleep is yet another of those books that has been on my to-read list since what feels like forever. The promise of the upcoming film (which I believe is now out?) finally spurred me to read it, and once again I find myself regretting not having got round to it earlier! The novel tells the story from the perspective of… Read more »

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Liebster Award

Liebster Award

I was recently nominated for a Liebster Award by Gemma from The Perfectionist Pen and Ginger Cat, so thanks so much to you both! Here’s the rules: -Link back to the person who nominated you -Post 11 facts about yourself. -Answer the 11 questions set by your nominator -Nominate 11 other bloggers with under 200 followers (you can’t nominate the person who nominated you) -Set 11 questions for your nominees to answer -Let your nominees know you’ve nominated them.

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Top 5 Classic Short Stories

Top 5 Classic Short Stories

The short story is a form that has had its ups and downs. Whilst immensely popular during the early twentieth century – the likes of Joyce and Hemingway penning their masterpieces – it could be seen to have fallen out of fashion in later years. However, 2013 saw Alice Munro win the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first short story writer to do so. Perhaps because of this, there seems to be a renewed interest in shorter fiction, and I have seen more short story collections than ever before gracing… Read more »

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Review: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Review: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

‘The original source of the Skill will probably remain forever shrouded in mystery. Certainly a penchant for it runs remarkably strong within the royal family, and yet it is not solely confined to the King’s household.’ Warning: Minor spoilers. Seen as I’m currently having a major fantasy-reading phase, I decided it was about time I checked out another big name in the genre: Robin Hobb. Assassin’s Apprentice is the first in her much-lauded Farseer Trilogy, and I have to say, for me, it largely lived up to the hype. The… Read more »

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Top 10 Shakespeare Quotes

Top 10 Shakespeare Quotes

– ‘What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet.’ Romeo and Juliet – ‘This above all: to thine own self be true.’ Hamlet – ‘If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumbered here, While these visions did appear.’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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