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  • Random

    October Wrap-Up

    October has been an amazing month for Books and Reviews and I have to thank you all for your visits, your Likes and the great comments you leave on every post. THANK YOU 🙂 Now, let me explain. In 2012 I took a more serious approach to blogging and that meant posting more regularly and being an active part of the community. I have met great new friends, have engaged in very interesting and enriching discussions and have subscribed via Google Reader to some wonderful blogs. But, all this involvement had its rewards too: visits have increased monthly during the last year, from 1000 in January to 1700 this very…

  • Random,  Top Ten Tuesdays

    Top Ten Tuesday: Heroines

    Top Ten Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! I love some good, strong women in literature, don’t you? 1.- Irene Adler from A Scandhal in Bohemia.- THE woman, one of the two people who could cheat Sherlock Holmes. Need to say more? 2. Marian Halcombe from The Woman in White.- The opposite of weak, always-fainting Laura (or the quintessential Victorian…

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    Halloween Week

    Dear all, I presently inaugurate the Halloween Week at Books and Reviews! You know I’m a fan of starting weeks (or things) on Sundays, so this will be no exception. I will be doing some themed reading and, for the very first time will be watching some scary movies. You see, the big problem is here is that I am a scaredy cat so, whatever that “scary ” means for me, may not be so for you. These are my plans Themed reading: Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley I asked the lovely ladies at the new Tinder Press to please send me their catalogue and they did, plus a review…

  • Essays,  Random

    On Criticism

    I’m one subject away from having a degree in English Literature. I have been passionately reading my whole life. I’ve restored to books when I was happy, when I was sad, when I did not understand what was going on and also when I knew but needed a break from reality. In school, college and more importantly, at home, I was tought to be critical: I was told I would encounter injustices and I had the right to complain. I was also told there are some fights worth engaging in and some others it’s best to leave unfought and to distinguish them, one needs some critical thinking. It takes critical…

  • Random

    Facebook Page

    Books and Reviews has finally joined Facebook! These last days you can see I’ve been posting quiet often. It was one of those weeks when I needed to write and share a lot with you, but at the end of the day, I kept wanting to share more and more (other bloggers’ reviews, new books I’m excited about etc) so I decided to create a Facebook page for the blog. Please bear with me while I get used to Facebook Pages and while I select what to share with you: everything will be book-related and I’d love to share other people’s reviews as well. If I find a giveaway or…

  • Random

    Reading The Casual Vacancy

    After some trouble with the mail system over here, The Casual Vacancy finally arrived this week and I’m trying to read it between studying breaks. So far (I’m only 50 pages into it) I’m just getting used to the characters and J.K Rowling’s style. When I purchased it back in June, I read it was a book about a village where a prominent figure dies and leaves a casual vacancy, hence the title. From that little description, I imagined a typical English novel set in a village with the typical (and stereotypical) characters fighting for the job. In my mind, The Casual Vacancy was a modern Cranford, a modern Tamara…

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    Tips to a Studying and Reading Routine

    After some weird weeks, I ‘m proud to announce I’ve finally grown accustomed to my new schedule! A mix of college, a reading schedule and lots of library hours have become my weekly routine. Some days it is easier than others, but, as a whole, I must admit I’m super happy about how things have turned out. However, before I reached this point, I struggle to find time to read and write although I had plenty of it. It is for this reason that I’ve decided to share some of the things that worked for me. With this post I do not mean to tell anyone how to live their…

  • Quotes

    Quote: Cloud Atlas

    Fall has finally decided to show up! Today I woke up to the perfect rainy day with empty streets and the need for a blanket at home. Today I woke up to the perfect day for reading. So, after the daily routine, I lit up a candle and surrounded myself by my books, curled up on a blanket and started to catch up with my weekly reading of Cloud Atlas. As I was reading one of my favourite stories (those of you who’ve read it know how many of them there are), I found this quote and thought it perfect to start the week: Books don’t offer real escape, but…