Friday, 16 February 2018

Currently (re)reading…The Eyre Affair

I started Wuthering Heights the other week and, although I really want to read it, I was having trouble getting into it and thought maybe I needed something a bit easier to read and a bit more fun for while I’m using all my brainpower on a major writing project.

Since I’d been meaning to reread The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde since I read Jane Eyre and my sister own a copy, I decided it was a perfect place to start. I’d read it before so I knew it would be great fun.
The Thursday Next books are full of bookish, literary outrageousness. Like Terry Pratchett plays and parodies our world in the Discworld, Fforde brings the world of books (and their characters) to life in unique, entertaining, humorous fashion.

It’s interesting rereading a book I haven’t read for a decade, I thought I remembered it perfectly well but there’s so much I didn’t remember, which makes it almost like reading it for the first time. There’s things I thought featured more that are less prominent and plot points I completely forgot about.
It’s just so much fun!

Thursday, 25 January 2018

TBR | finding the next read…

Choosing what to read next is often hard, there are so many books to choose from. Especially if, like me, you have one or two books sitting on your shelf waiting to be read. I hope to make a dent in my unread shelf in the next seven months before I head back to uni, currently there are eleven books of varying genres on the shelf.
For the past two years my reading has been dictated by uni studies, so I’m still trying to sort out how to make the most of my momentary freedom.

I recently read and enjoyed Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay – it was thought-provoking and encouraging (as feminist lit often is, it’s nice to know you’re not crazy), but I think I’m ready for some fiction. The problem is, there are too many options on my TBR shelf to choose from, let alone the library...

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Quote | a goal is not always meant to be reached

Happy New Year!! I can’t believe it’s actually 2018! Not just in the normal, New Year sort of way, but because I’ve been anticipating this year for the past three. 2018 is the year I travel overseas for the first time! I’ll be heading off later this year on a year-long university exchange, which is both super exciting and completely terrifying.

Meanwhile, the New Year is also an exciting time because it’s the time of goal setting and list making, two of my greatest loves. I prefer shorter term goal periods (six months or so) because whenever I use to make year lists, it would came to November and I’d realise I put way too much on and hadn’t started nearly early enough. Having said that, if I didn’t have my exchange breaking up my year this year, I probably would make a year list AND a shorter term list because I love a good list, so the more the merrier.
I like to strike a balance between challenging but still within the realms of achievability, which can be tricky. For the next six or so months, I’m really exciting to have the time and space, thanks to my semester off, to work on a major writing project, plan my exchange, sew something and lots of other things, big and small.

2018 is going to be a productive, adventurous, exciting year!

Friday, 29 December 2017

Art Gallery of South Australia | PabloSebastianX

PabloSebastianX at the gallery was such a wonderful exhibition (it sadly closed earlier this month) and, being free-entry, I went numerous times to admire it. It featured the designs of South Australian couture designer Paul Vasileff situated among the gallery’s semi-permanent collection.

It was really wonderfully positioned throughout the gallery and I loved how they set-up the dresses in different rooms with different props that reflected the collection and interacted with the surrounding art in interesting ways.

And that’s what I loved most about this exhibition and something I really took in when I visited it for the last time: the contrast of the contemporary, romantic and otherworldly dresses with art that spanned across centuries and artistic movements and how it made me look at the dresses and art again, in a new light.

It made the whole thing more beautiful, engaging and inspiring.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

The English Review Vol. 6 | Icons of Decadence

Icons of Decadence is probably my favourite English course so far, I enjoyed the lectures, tutorials and reading list.

The Victorian Era, especially towards the turn of the century which this course focused on, was one incredibly concerned with change and the future of the race. How the Victorians challenged and tried to restabilise gender norms is of particular interest to me and all the texts on the reading list helped build a picture of the different arguments during the era.

The course really made me love the Victorian era and want to continue reading in the period. Far from being stuffy and boring, Victorian literature is just as engaging and dramatic as any modern lit. The reading list for Icons has a few really great examples (and some not so great) of Victorian literature to get stuck into…

Reading list: Women Who Did (selected short stories) ed. by Angelique Richardson, The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle, She by H. Rider Haggard, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, The Beach of Falesá by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, Dracula by Bram Stoker, Peter and Wendy and Peter in Kensington Gardens by J.M. Barrie.
It’s nice to occasionally have a topic that you enjoy almost everything on the reading list. The only one I really didn’t like was Rider Haggard’s She, which was long and uneventful until the last quarter and, even then, was questionable in the entertaining stakes. I wasn’t fond of The Beach of Falesá either, but it had more interest in its story and subsequent tutorial discussion than She.

I loved picking up a Sherlock Holmes novel again and the Women Who Did short stories were so interesting that I’m planning on reading the others that weren’t on the list. Someone complained that they were a bit too didactic, but I couldn’t help but be drawn to the voices of women trying to alter deeply seated notions of what it was to be a woman.

And my top three novels of the course, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dracula and Peter and Wendy. They are all deserving of a whole post of their own, there is so much to find entertaining and worthy of analysis in them. Particularly interesting to me is how they showcased ideas and ideals surrounding gender in the late-Victorian period. They also have engaging stories and characters. I highly recommend all three!

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