Eclectic Ponderings #4

Posted 20 June, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 10 Comments

Eclectic Ponderings is a new feature here on in which I pose questions to readers and fellow bloggers on a variety of subjects (hence its eclecticism) that I can’t fit in any other blog post.

2 ponderings posts within a month? I am shocked! Haha, but no, really, I come with questions πŸ˜‰

  • Who are some of your favourite poets or poetry books? I’m looking to pick up some Rilke after reading The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge lately but I’m keen to read more (to date I’ve read mainly Keats, Shelley, Coleridge, Byron, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, some T.S. Eliot, Poe, Neruda, Shakespeare) πŸ™‚
  • On the subject of classics, what are some of your favourite plays? Who are some of your favourite playwrights? It’s been a while since I’ve read a play now that I’ve finished reading Shakespeare’s body of works and some other classic titles.
  • This summer is shaping up to be a summer of reading historical fiction (summer TBR list to be posted next week). Some of the titles included are Hannah Kristin’s The Nightingale, Kate Williams’ The Storms of War, and Priya Parmar’s Vanessa and her Sister. Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think about it/them overall?
  • I also have Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries on my TBR that I think I will be tackling at long last this year. However I did start reading it a couple months back and I dunno, I’m not exactly gripped by the story. It’s also a long one, so to those who have read this title I pose the question to you: is it worth reading through it?
  • To reiterate from my last post: To those who have read Elena Ferrante’s standalones, which book was your favourite: The Days of Abandonment, Troubled Love, or The Lost Daughter? I plan on reading all three eventually but I’m debating as to which one to check out first…
  • And another question to re-hash from my last post: when travelling outside the city/outside the country, would you rather bring a chunkster of a physical book or an eReader?

And that’s about all the thoughts I have for this Eclectic Ponderings entry! If you have any input about the above questions, I’d love to hear from you πŸ™‚

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10 Responses to “Eclectic Ponderings #4”

  1. I stopped reading The Luminaries about 300 pages in because I just didn’t care about anything that was happening. So good luck with that! πŸ˜€

  2. I have become a huge lover of poetry after taking a poetry class in college a few years ago. Some of my favorites include Wilfred Owen (great WWI poet), Sylvia Plath, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Dorthy Parker. I love Oscar Wilde’s play as they are hilarious and so witty. I also love Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and Trifles by Susan Glaspell, both are wonderfully feminist. I really enjoyed The Nightingale; it’s a roller coaster of emotions. Hope you find some new favorites!

    • I’ve heard of Wilfred Owen but never checked out his works. Sylvia Plath of course I’ve read The Bell Jar but haven’t gotten around to her poetry just yet. Will have to check out the others that you mentioned as well πŸ™‚

      I forgot to mention Oscar Wilde! I’ve read The Importance of Being Ernest which I enjoyed and have been meaning to check out his other plays.

      Glad to hear you enjoyed The Nightingale! Looking forward to reading it sometime this summer πŸ˜€ Thanks for your comment & input!

  3. My ereader for sure! So long as I can charge it. But I’d probably have a few real books in my suitcase as well. Especially if I was going to be for a while! πŸ™‚

    • Yeah, logically it would make sense to bring an eReader as it carries much more, but for some reason I prefer bringing a physical book with me when I’m travelling…

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