lol and just as I come back to blogging here again, it’s the end of the month! Which I guess works out as I ease my way back to blogging casually to whatever extent that I can. I came to the realisation that I never got around to posting a monthly wrap up for March–things got way too hectic around then–so this update rounds up the last eight weeks or so on the blog (more or less):
- Books reviewed recently: Brandon Sanderson’s Edgedancer (review), Mary Balogh’s Someone to Love (review), and Margot Livesey’s The Flight of Gemma Hardy (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
- Only watched one movie recently that I reviewed (watched another movie earlier in the month but I didn’t post a review here): Thor: Ragnarok (review). You can check out all of the past movies I’ve watched and reviewed in this tag.
- I squeezed a So You Want to Read… list last week. This month was National Poetry Month so I featured some poetry collections worth checking out; you can read that list over here. You can check out all of the previous lists over at this tag.
- Hopefully in the coming months I can slowly update this blog to reflect the changes here (no longer .com, that sort of thing) as well as changes that are going on in my life (namely my poetry books–available online now, by the way). So fingers crossed that I’ll have more time to properly unpack myself here and settle back to some sort of routine (although I will be busy again for the next little bit).
And that’s more of less it from me for now! Wishing everyone a lovely week and a wonderful start to May! 🙂
So You Want to Read… is a monthly feature here on eclectictales.com in which I recommend books by particular authors to readers who have never read a book from certain authors and would like to start. I’m always happy to recommend books and certain authors to my fellow readers and bloggers! 🙂
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts. Anyway, in celebration of National Poetry Month, I figured it’s a good time to bust out these feature again and talk about some of the poetry books and poets that I would whole-heartedly recommend on checking out, whether you’re already a big reader of poetry or if you’re checking them out for the first time.
- Louise Labe — Ever been in love (reciprocated or unrequited)? Well, her poetry captures it all–the highs, the lows, the hopes, and the in-betweens. What’s also really cool if you’re a language buff or enthusiast is that the NYRB collection is bilingual so you can read the poem in its original French or Italian (review).
- Miguel Hernandez — Easily hands down my second favourite Spanish poet after Federico Garcia Lorca. His use of imagery, the emotions that he captures in his words is just amazing and gripping…I don’t know what else to say about his poetry, it’s something to experience; I’m so glad NYPB published his works for an English-speaking audience (review).
- Giuseppe Ungaretti — I likened his poetry to that of Federico Garcia Lorca’s; there’s something about his use of imagery, the sparse but perplexing and illuminating themes he tackles in his works. This collection of selected poetry (review) is the only one I could find that’s available in English but it’s worth checking out, especially as I hadn’t encountered much Italian poetry until last year.
- Faraway — There’s a lot of micro-poets out there on Instagram that it can perhaps be a bit fatiguing. But I’ve been following Faraway on Instagram for more than a year and what I find that resonates with me with their work is how, despite its briefness and its micro nature, it doesn’t feel bogged down in stylistics compared to Leav Lang or Nayyirah Waheed; it’s accessible and they write about experiences and feelings we can relate to on a daily basis. Anyway I was delighted to see they collected their poetry into a book, Sad Birds Still Sing (review).
- Anne Michaels — My brief review of her latest collection, All We Saw, won’t be published here on the blog until…next week, I believe, but nonetheless her sparse but introspective prose has definitely resonated with me. I can’t believe I didn’t read her stuff sooner…and she’s Canadian! Based here in Toronto! But yeah, her work first caught my attention when Penguin Random House, in promoting her latest book, posted one of her latest poems (not included in her latest collection by the way, which was a bit of a bummer), May Love Seize You.
And that’s my list! Do you read poetry? Curious on checking these out? If you want to check out more poetry, there’s of course my poetry books to check out 😉 Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂
Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).
- Guess who’s back?! Took something of an inpromptu hiatus (despite constant reminders that I was slowing down on the blogging scene) as it was just so busy these last several weeks: if I wasn’t dealing with a bajillion assignments for school, I was at work. So yeah, juggling between the two was pretty insane and downright tiring. But I finished my exams earlier this week so huzzah! Done for the semester and done with this programme!
- Unfortunately it seems my hustle back and forth between work and school has taken a toll as I got sick over the weekend and was writing my exams with a stuffed nose, a painful cough stemming from my chest, and feelings of lightheadedness. Not fun, suffice to say.
- So, aside from nursing myself back to health and work aside, I’m taking the next two weeks to catch up on all the shit I had put on hold because of school. Bookshelves to reorganise, papers to reorganise and put away, papers to shred, blog posts here to catch up (heh), a poetry collection to edit (oh boy, that one was supposed to be done months ago)…But I can take my sweet time, nothing’s too pressing.
- Well, it would be nice to finish editing the poetry collection and sending it off through Lulu for proofing.
- In happier news, I’m going on vacation next month! I initially planned on going right after exams (which now I realise was a good thing I didn’t since I’m so sick) but due to scheduling with the rest of the family, my trip got pushed off to the end of May. Which is okay, gives me time to do whatever, catch up on stuff. I’m heading to Portugal for two weeks with my dad (who hasn’t gone on a trip for quite a while) so be prepared to see a lot of photos on my Instagram then 😛 (I needed a sunny destination too, after the ice storm and all the other gloominess we were thrown with over the latter half of the winter).
- Other than that, no other plans for this summer other than work. Fun, lol. I am thinking about later this year though…
- Guys, I haven’t read much these last several weeks/few months. It makes me very sad 🙁
- So books I’m currently reading right now: still going through John English’s first volume on the life of Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, lol. Maybe now I’ll be able finish it now that classes are done…Still debating what to read next. Maybe Julia Quinn. I’m in the mood for some light reading before diving into some of the heavier reads on my TBR pile.
- Other things to catch up on: Thor: Ragnarok! I swear everyone but I have watched it at this point…(And then I can watch Avengers: Infinity War, hehehehe)
- What happened here in Toronto on Monday was very, very sad, awful, and frightening that it happened. I don’t frequent that area and I don’t live close there but nonetheless it’s awful 🙁
And that’s it from me! How is everyone? What’s new with you?