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DESIGN, TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN, WORDS AND COMMUNICATIONS, WRITING AND BLOGGING with tags blogging, books, dickens, gormenghast, posts, titus Groan on February 18, 2010 by echostains
BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT with tags books, dairy of an nobody, daniel farson, francis bacon, geomenghast, reading, titus Groan on January 21, 2010 by echostains
My reading is coming along great, already on page 110 of my Flashback book challenge. As you probably know, I am tracking my findings on my other blog ‘Bookstains’. however my reading is overtaking my writing! Just to whet my appetite further I have found some other books which I wouldn’t mind re -reading ‘Diary of a nobody’ by George Grossmith and ‘The Gilded gutter of Francis Bacon’ (and I will write about him – he is my favorite artist of all time, so I want to do him justice).
I had a clear out the other day and was determined to get rid of some of my books. But when it came to it, there always seemed a reason to actually keep particular ones, even though I’ve read them. Needless to say, the ‘unwanted’ pile consisted of about 3 books. One good thing to emerge from this, was I found some books which I hadn’t yet read! Isn’t it fantastic when that happens! However, the negative side of this is where on earth is the time for this reading coming from?
I rarely get any time in the day to read now, my readings done mostly at night. I am going to remedy this though, I have to. I am going to set a time in the day especially for reading, perhaps an hour. I will make time!
BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, POETRY, WORDS AND COMMUNICATIONS, WRITING AND BLOGGING with tags books, creative writing, critiiques, POETRY on January 13, 2010 by echostains
I have been working on another blog since the 7th of this month. I have been writing bits on it for the last few days. I was unsure whether to keep it private or not., but then I thought why not link it with ‘Echostains’ after all it is an extention. Basically, the blog is about the books I’m reading and my thoughts and reflections on the journey through them.
I have been participating in the ‘Flashback Challenge’. This book challenge involves re reading past books. I have opted to read more than 6 books. For reasons which shall become clearer (see ‘Bookstains’) I am now reading ‘Titus Groan’ and ‘Gormenghast’. But I do wish to stress that the blog shall not be just about the book challenge, there will be other writings that I want explore too.
So, why not review the books on this blog? The answer to this is that it will probably take up too much room (the way I want to do it, anyway). Instead of doing a quick review at the end of reading, I want to take my time and map my progress. This blog shall be experimental and it really shouldn’t matter if you have read or even heard of the books I write about. I may want to do a little creative writing of my own yet…… ‘Bookstains’ won’t be posted every day like ‘Echostains’. it will be a more leisurely and reflective persuit. Well, that’s the idea anyway. We’ll see how it goes…..
BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT with tags ackroyd, books, flashback challenge, gaskell, peake, reading, self on January 3, 2010 by echostains
I’ve enrolled on the ‘Flashback challenge’ On Aarti’s blog BOOKLUST. I’m still not too sure how to make a button work though. I can make a button, well kind of, but I can’t make it work. By working I mean invert, press inwards, though it does work as a link. Confused? I am. I have opted to read over 6 books this year and have really took my time over choosing them. I can’t start them yet as I am still reading Chris Firth’s ‘Branwell Bronte’s Barbers tale’, but I shall start immediately after I’ve finished that book. My books are as follows;
Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake One of my favorite books, the best one of the trilogy. Read every couple of years, but has had a 5 year gap since last reading. I am going to read this as it should be read – non stop all the way through. Total immersion needs to be maintained at all times – the stones demand it!
Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell OR Her Benny by Silas K. Hocking. The last time I read Mary Barton was at Uni and the last time I read Her Benny was about 30 odd years ago. Barton is set in Manchester and Benny is set in Victorian Liverpool – both places are very dear to my heart, I may end up reading them both..
How the Dead live by Will Self Really enjoyed the way this book was written – great writing and very surreal and clever. About what happens when you die…strange yet hilarious
The Magus by John Fowles This is the tough one. I have tried to get into this book a few times – and failed. Maybe it is better to read this book last as it may slow me down…
London OR Sarum by Edward Rutherford. I haven’t quite decided which one to go with yet. I have started both these books, got waylaid and by the time I gor back to them, forgot where I was up to… typical
The last one was going to be Dickens, but I’ve done Dickens to death, so it is going to have to be Ackroyd as I love his books. So therefore the last book (which isn’t going to be last as that honour belongs to ‘The Magus) is going to be ‘Dan Leno and The Limehouse Gollam’. This a murder mystery set in Victorian London. part fact part fiction. Dan Leno did actually exist, he was a music hall comedian. Not read this book since it came out, so I’ll look forward to re reading it.
I’ve set myself the challenge to read over of over 6 books, but they are to be decided.
Update 7th January 2010. Also going to read ‘Titus Groan’ by Mervyn Peake as well as the other books, for reasons which shall become obvious
Lol! What an extremely large button I’ve made – no missing that!
BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT with tags books, branwell bronte, chris firth, wuthering heights on December 18, 2009 by echostains
It’s a quick one tonight as my husband has finished for the holidays, and we’re off out for a lovely meal (well, I hope it’s a lovely meal), and I probably won’t feel like blogging when I get back. This is where the scheduling comes in very handy.
Now for ‘Branwell Bronte’s Barbers Tale’ by Chris Firth. Yes, I’ve finally started it. And it’s looking good. I am soaking up the atmosphere of George MacCraw’s barbers shop and the hideous weather. I can even imagine the light in the shop and smell the fish reeking off fat David. It’s going to be an enjoyable read I think, though the text is a bit small for my myopic eyes (out with the Deidre Barlows, the magnifying ones)
I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of Branwell writing ‘Wuthering Heights’ and wish this could be proved. But very much doubt it, even if the evidence was indisputable , the Emily fans would never have it… Still, it won’t hinder my enjoyment of the book
BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, LIVING IN THE PAST: NOSTALGIA, WORDS AND COMMUNICATIONS with tags book challenge, books, reading on December 8, 2009 by echostains
Books books, books. I am still reading Norman’ Collin’s ‘London Belongs tome’ at the moment (a thick book which I am very much enjoying). I am then going to read Chris Firth’s ‘Branwell Bronte’s Barber’s Tale’. Then it will be time to take the Flashback Challenge. This challenge’s the reader to read a number of books all over again! Even childhood ones.
I am going for the ‘Literati’ challenge (that’s over 6 books). You get a year to read them, so it shouldn’t be a problem. The real problem is WHAT to choose. I will definitely be reading ‘Gormenghast’, the middle book of the ‘Titus Groan’ trilogy. I read this every few years…and it’s been a few years. I shall read it right off, nothing in between. One has to immerse oneself in Gormenghast to get the full effect, lol! There we go, I’m turning into Fuchia already!
Another book shall be (if I can find it)’ How the Dead Live’ by Will Self’ as I greatly enjoyed this book. I want to choose books which have changed me or shaped me in some way, so I may choose a childhood book, though there are just too many. It could be quite interesting to see if I view the book differently as an adult, or there could be things I missed as a child, or interpreted differently. Sounds a great challenge though. If you would like to read more about it – HERES the link on this smashing blog by Aartichapati
Mervyn Peake website HERE
A blog about Mervyn Peake HERE
The only trouble is what to read
ART, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS, OUT AND ABOUT MANCHESTER, THE STAR INN - THE RESCUE OF OUR LOCAL PUB with tags ART, blogging, books, DESIGN, TV adaptation, writing on November 29, 2009 by echostains