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Why I’m Supporting Quick Reads 2020

Books, Reading By February 20, 2020 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

Quick Reads first launched in 2006 and is a project run by The Reading Agency. Working together with top authors, it produces six books each year; short books with simple vocabulary that help ease you into reading for pleasure or help you rediscover your love of books. In Wales, four books are produced each year – two in English and…

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Berlin Alexanderplatz Readalong Week Four

German books, Reading By November 30, 2019 Tags: , , , 4 Comments

I can’t quite believe I made it to the end of the book after such an unpromising start but I did. Marking it as read on Goodreads (for the English translation, at least) felt pretty satisfying. “Chapters” 8/9 Reinhold is possibly the biggest villain in the story. Would you agree? Do you find his punishment satisfying? At one point.I was…

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Berlin Alexanderplatz Readalong Week Three #GermanLitMonth

German books, Reading By November 29, 2019 Tags: , , , No Comments

Week three and the reading was easier, although I’m further behind in the German original than I am with the English translation. More of a time issue than anything else. “Chapters” 6/7 The German original calls the chapters “Books” not chapters. In my opinion this is a gross error and robs the English reader of seeing some intertextual links. How…

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Berlin Alexanderplatz Readalong Week Two #GermanLitMonth

German books, Reading By November 28, 2019 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

I made it to the end of week two but this was not without its challenges, either. Read on to find out why. Chapters 3 – 5 What do you make of Döblin’s structuring of the novel?  The short summaries at the beginning of each chapter, each section? The montage technique? Initially, I wasn’t a fan of the short summaries…

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Berlin Alexanderplatz Readalong Week One #GermanLitMonth

German books, Reading By November 25, 2019 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

As part of #GermanLitMonth, I’m taking part in the Berlin Alexanderplatz readalong. Week One was not a happy one at the Nut Press, which is why I’m posting this so very late in the month. I’ll let my answers to the discussion questions Lizzy set tell you why that was. Chapters 1-2. Welcome to the #germanlitmonth readalong of Alfred Döblin’s…

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German Literature Month 2019

Reading By November 15, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

November is a busy month in the blogosphere with Novella Month, Non-Fiction November and German Literature Month all competing for the attention of bloggers who are up for a challenge. And while I’m tempted to do a couple of posts about the first two, it’s German Literature Month, hosted by Caroline and Lizzy, that interested me the most. I’ve never taken…

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Let’s play Spot the Difference with my 2019 #20BooksOfSummer Challenge

Book reviews, Books, Reading By September 17, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 7 Comments

This was my first year taking part in the #20BooksOfSummer challenge run by Cathy over at 746 Books and it proved to be an interesting exercise for me. Not least because while I succeeded in reading more than 20 books (managing 29 in total over the 3-month period), I only stuck to half of my original selection which you can…

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My #20BooksOfSummer 2019

Books, Reading By June 11, 2019 Tags: , , 6 Comments

Not having blogged since finishing the #AtoZChallenge in April and just over a week in, I’m joining in with the 20 Books Of Summer challenge hosted by Cathy who blogs over at 746 Books. All you need to do is read 20 books (or even 15 or 10, if you’re feeling pressed for time) between 3 June and 3 September….

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In Search of Short Stories

Books, Reading, Short Stories By November 1, 2017 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

November is traditionally the month of NaNoWriMo for many writers (good luck to all of you taking part!) but for me, this year it’s all about the short story. I’m in the second week of a five-week Short Fiction Masterclass and, around doing this, I’m spending time reading stories from those collections I own. Having gathered some of them together (not…

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