So if I thought last month was nutty with work and all kinds of social events happening, this month was equally nutty in that school started for me. So while some scheduled posts continued to roll in on the blog, I find I am still behind at blog-hopping and getting back to comments left here. So massive apologies, I will get around to your comments…eventually *facepalm* So without further ado, here’s what’s been going on around the blog for the month of September:
- Books reviewed recently: Svetlana Alexievich’s The Unwomanly Face of War (review), Julie Lekstrom Himes’ Mikhail and Margarita (review), and Stephen King’s On Writing (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
- I posted up my summer reading wrap-up list at the start of the month.
- My third poetry collection, With Quiet Ardency, is available now! After almost spending a whole year working on finishing it and littered with all kinds of delays, it’s finally out, lol. You can read more about the process–and where you can purchase a copy–over in this blog post. I recently hosted a book giveaway for a copy of this book on Instagram but keep your eyes peeled here as I will hold a giveaway here next month 😉
- I know I said I’m going back to some version of casual blogging like I did years and years ago when I first started, but just a heads up nonetheless that don’t be surprised if there’s no new posts over here for a while. School is starting to pour in with the midterms and papers (coupled with me rolling my eyes along with it), my work schedule is a bit everywhere, and yeah, I’m not reading as often or as fast as I used to, lol (or rather, enough to add content here on the blog like I used to). Having said that, and I guess it’s no surprise, I won’t be participating in Sci-Fi Month in November this year as my November will be very busy. Hopefully I can get back to fixing the site a bit in December after my exams–and post my photos from Portugal! (ahhh, delays)–but we’ll see.
And that’s about it about the blog and my thoughts on what’s coming up! lol. Autumn is in full swing (I hope) so yeah, wishing you all a wonderful weekend and a lovely start to October 🙂
So this post is a long time coming, lol…Meet my third poetry collection, With Quiet Ardency. You could say I’ve been working on this collection for some two years, and one of the reasons why I didn’t finish it sooner (other than work and school constantly getting in the way, fml) is because, if I’m being 100% honest with you, I had a hard time letting it go into the world. As you may suppose, this poetry collection’s theme is love, and there is a personal story behind it that I won’t go into details 😛 Suffice to say, it took a bit of time before I was brave enough to just put the finishing touches to this book and send it off to Lulu.com xD
Anyway, it should be out on all book retailers soon but in the meantime you can definitely pick up a copy via Lulu.com at the following link: With Quiet Ardency 🙂
Meanwhile, here’s a snippet of what to expect in this collection (from what I posted so far on my poetry account, @shallibeapoetinstead):
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
By: Stephen King
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999–and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it–fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.
I haven’t read much of Stephen King’s works although his stories are well known and I’m aware of many that he’s written. I’ve often seen On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft in many lists about the craft of writing so it’s long been on my list of books to check out. I suppose after experiencing a bit of a frustrating drought on writing recently I decided to pick this book up to spur my creativity onward.
What can I say about this book? He does a wonderful job of weaving lessons on writing with his own experiences and journeys as a writer, providing examples, and giving sage advice that he had learned over the years. I didn’t know much about Stephen King’s life and how long he had been writing, so I learned quite a bit there as well. For fans and readers of his book, this book is quite the treat in that he gives a behind-the-scenes insight to his novels, where he got some inspiration from for some of his novels, and so forth (I’m always a bit fan of reading the behind-the-scenes stuff). From a writer’s perspective though this book is quite comforting: he’s straight-up about his advice, but at the same time he reminds the writer that you’re writing to write, you’re writing for yourself, that you make the rules because it’s you putting down those words.
All in all, I really enjoyed reading On Writing. Part memoir, part writing advice, an excellent read all around.
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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. In Jaunary 2018 the meme was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s topic: Autumn TBR List
Happy September! It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these…School is back in full swing and I’m trying to balance it with work and all of my other side projects so yeah, that’s me in a nutshell 😛 Reading time has gone down considerably as a result but nonetheless I’m reading whenever I can (and still picking up books at a faster rate).
In no particular order:
- Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward — It’s Bob Woodward writing this and I was curious so yes, will likely read it soon.
- Monstress: Haven (Vol. 3) by Marjorie Liu –Yayayayay, my pre-order arrived last week! Can’t wait to read it 🙂
- The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien — I almost started reading it when it first arrived but yeah, provided life doesn’t get too too hectic I think I might start reading this sometime in the next few months. Tolkien’s works always make for perfect autumn reading anyhow 🙂
- The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin — A bit of a cheat adding this to the list, but I actually started reading it a while ago but then I got so busy that I never read any more. But it’s really interesting so far! I just need to sit down and continue reading it, really, lol (and I got the other two books in the trilogy so yaaaaah, I can just blitz through it).
- Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan — I always associate his books with the summer because I read the previous two books during the summer but this year I just didn’t get around to it (I did however watch the movie!). So for a switch over to some light reading, I might read this.
- The World of All Souls: A Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and the Book of Life by Deborah Harkness — The television adaptation airs in the UK now and there’s Time’s Convert coming out today but I also picked up this book some time ago. Her books also make for perfect autumn reading and I heart the trilogy so much.
- Miss You by Kate Eberlen — This book was also on my summer list that I just never got around to reading. Maybe if I’m in a mood I’ll start reading this title 😛
- Red Fortress: The Secret Heart of Russia’s History by Catherine Merridale — I’m in a bit of a nonfiction mood at the moment so I’m hoping to get through a few of the nonfiction titles sitting on my TBR pile for a while. This is one of those books. I’m looking forward to reading this; I had read one of her other works when I was in grad school.
- All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai — I keep on saying I’m going to read this book and then I don’t get around to it, lol. Anyway, maybe this season!
- Germany: Memories of a Nation by Neil MacGregor — I think his approach to this book was really interesting, examining German identity and history through its inventions and items used. Again, another one of those nonfiction titles that have been sitting on my TBR pile for a while.
And that’s my list of books that I hope to tackle this autumn (provided school doesn’t get a bit much)! What are you hoping to read this season? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂
Mikhail and Margarita
By: Julie Kestrom Himes
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
It is 1933 and Mikhail Bulgakov’s enviable career is on the brink of being dismantled. His friend and mentor, the poet Osip Mandelstam, has been arrested, tortured, and sent into exile. Meanwhile, a mysterious agent of the secret police has developed a growing obsession with exposing Bulgakov as an enemy of the state. To make matters worse, Bulgakov has fallen in love with the dangerously candid Margarita. Facing imminent arrest, and infatuated with Margarita, he is inspired to write his masterpiece, The Master and Margarita, a scathing novel critical of both power and the powerful.
The Master and Margarita was never my favourite Soviet novel; I had read it twice and it just never struck me one way or the other. I do however appreciate why it was seen as a sharp appraisal of the Soviet regime and its lackeys and I was curious to read this book because it was looking at the author behind the book and the people he associated with.