Poetry: How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

One of her more popular; I don’t love it, but it is interesting to read it in its entirety – I have only ever heard the first line quoted. How Do I Love Thee? How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. I love thee to ………

Guest Post: Literary Snobbery – Why You Shouldn’t Judge Others on What They Read

I have read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. I’m not ashamed to admit it – not really. Yes, I know it is considered to be badly written – and I would have to agree with this – nevertheless I enjoyed it for what it was. Because, let’s face it, it’s not a serious book. It’s literary softcore porn written for mums and the secretly sexually frustrated. A Brief History of Time it is not, ………

Family Ties: The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout [2013]

Well, I’ve not done this in a while! Recently I have found myself wanting to blog about everything but my thoughts on an actual book. It’s not that what I am reading doesn’t warrant comment, I am just finding myself stuck on what to say. This of course, excludes The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout, the first book to make me feel uncomfortable since The Reader by Bernhard Schlink – one of the finest books ………

Poetry: To be, or not to be by William Shakespeare

Stephen Fry, in a particularly wonderful and brave post, quoted Hamlet on his blog; I feel it should be shared. To be, or not to be To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep; No more; and by a sleep ………