It’s the end of March! Where has the time gone? Seemed like yesterday Lent was just beginning and now Easter weekend is upon us! (which also means my book-buying abstinence is ending, but that’s another story for another day…) It’s also been a bit of a busy month offline for me; things are winding down with finals coming up next month and then the whole thing will start again in May…but I digress…
Not my gif, as always, but =DDD So pretty ^^
- As always, I read a ton of books this month including Hannu Rajaniemi’s The Quantum Thief and Luigi Pirandello’s The Late Mattia Pascal. You can find the reviews for these books in the book review tag.
- What’s especially cool about this month is that I’ve been reading a lot of ARCs and galleys either through contests or from NetGalley. Be sure to keep an eye out on this blog next month as I have a few reviews of books that are coming out then. In the meantime, here’s what I reviewed:
- I also posted up my commentary review of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park over here which more or less marked the completion of my re-read of Jane Austen’s works! Of course, I could also do her incompleted/unpublished works at some point too…
- The March issue of Discourse Magazine is out! You can read a bit more about what I contributed for that issue over here
- It hit the web pretty hard the other week but as you know, Google Reader is going down in July. I’ve posted up a list of alternative readers if you’re still on the hunt for one.
- Finally, as you may have noticed, I also changed my header and colours over here on the blog, though it’s going to be changing again this weekend to coincide with Easter. It was lovely while it lasted ^_~
And of course, the following are interesting links that I’ve come across over the past month. I’m going to do something a little different this month and try to categorise my links a bit so that it’s easier to go through (no guarantees that I’ll keep doing this in future months but it’s worth a try for this month).
- LIFE at the Vatican: Unearthing History Beneath St. Peter’s — This is amazing, I had no idea that the crypts underneath the Vatican was a recent thing. Having been there once, the contrast is quite striking
- Inside Big Ben: A Look at What Makes the World’s Most Beloved Clock Tick — Another awesome blast from the past photography, this time of the Big Ben in London
- Pope Benedict XVI’s last day in office – in pictures — The photos are stunning
- These photographs capture the terror, joy and weirdness of the USSR’s final days — The Russian historian in me found this utterly fascinating
- Fotopedia Magazine — Shakespeare and Co, book heaven in Paris — so awesome that they featured Shakespeare & Co., it’s such an awesome bookstore <3
- Alphabetical list of cardinal electors’ first names in Latin — I was quite glued to the details of the papal conclave and election earlier this month. This list conveniently came out the day that Pope Francis was announced with all of the cardinals’ names in Latin.
- Pope Francis resisted revenge over 18th century Clement XIV — I thought this was an amusing article. Fun fact: Pope Clement XIV was a Franciscan =P
- Pope Francis calls newspaper kiosk to cancel order — I absolutely heart this pope already. Loved how he personally made a phone call to the newspaper kiosk in Buenos Aires to cancel his subscription xD
History & Culture
- Thessaloniki metro: Ancient dilemma for modern Greece — Speaking of underground excavation, Greece is currently facing this issue as they’re trying to map out some new tunnels for the metro. I hope they manage to preserve some of the areas, it’s absolutely priceless
- Syria’s priceless heritage under attack
- The Fine Art of Italian Hand Gestures: A Vintage Visual Dictionary by Bruno Munari — I want this book =D
Writing & the Arts
- 25 Helpful Websites for Creative Writers
- The Junket — An online publication. One of the editors is Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens
- ‘Albrecht Dürer – Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints,’ at the National Gallery — Haven’t read it yet but the topic sounds interesting
Authors & Books
- ‘The Me Bird’: Short Animated Film Reinterprets Poem By Pablo Neruda (VIDEO) — I hope this is still up, the video is gorgeous
- Grimdark Historical Fiction? The Iron King by Maurice Druon — Can I say that I’m so thrilled that they’re re-releasing this? Can’t wait to get my hands on it! =D
- Books Like Game Of Thrones: George RR Martin’s Recommended Reading — As we wait for the sixth novel…
- ‘Game of Thrones is more brutally realistic than most historical novels’ — A very interesting read
- Anton Chekhov: a lifetime of lovers — I heart Chekhov so any article with his name on it gets my attention
- Mark Rylance to rule in BBC’s Wolf Hall in adaptation of best-selling novel — Nice! I re-read the book some time ago so I’m looking forward to seeing how it’ll be adapted =)
- French plans for helping bookshops revealed
- ‘Game of Thrones’: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau talks Jaime’s season 3 struggle — I am so pumped for his storyline this season!
- The Four Seasons Interviews Part 1: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Gwendoline Christie — Their interviews together gives me life. A must read!
- Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau & Gwendoline Christie on ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3
And that’s about it from me! I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend and keep a lookout on my blog early next week; there’s two books that are going to be released on Tuesday and I’ve got reviews for them ^_~