My latest book review is up over at the 1001 Books blog. It's a perennial favourite by Jane Austen - Emma. I was finally brave and tackled an Austen. I first read them as a teenager and loved them. I think I've watched every BBC adaptation of her work since that time too. I can … Continue reading Book review: Emma – Jane Austen
It's been quiet around here and over at the Book Blog through the winter, which means that I suspect myself of being a hedgehog through the colder seasons. Without fail I seem to retreat in to a sort of creative hibernation. Others probably just associate me with the prickles and a tendency to roll up … Continue reading The Classics
I thought this was a lovely post over at the 1001 Books blog. Thanks to my lovely co-editor for putting it together. Reviewer Focus: Ms Oh Waily pulls together the 56 book reviews I have completed for the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die reviews blog. It's not the end of my reviewing by any … Continue reading Book review retrospective
My latest book review over at t’other blog. 🙂
Book # 593
Reviewer: Ms Oh Waily
I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing all of John Steinbeck’s entries on the 1001 list. I started with Of Mice and Men back in 2012 and followed up with Cannery Row last year. I had put off The Grapes of Wrath because in my head I had an image of a long, dour story of hardship that I would not enjoy, despite loving Steinbeck’s writing style.
I was both right and wrong. It is a long story; it is a story of hardship and yes, I still love the way Steinbeck writes.
The novel was published in 1939 and is set during the Great Depression. It follows both the story of the Joad family, sharecroppers from Oklahoma who are forced off their 40 acres and join the mass migration to California looking for work and a new life, and the mass of migrant labour…
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As is my usual choice at the beginning of most years, I have set myself a reading target. It's a tradition. This year I chose the total of 24 books, so roughly two per month. In an uncharacteristic show of realism, I went with the more likely result than a number that would stretch me. … Continue reading The Reading Year Ahead