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  • Random

    Book Debut

    A quick update to let you all now that Books and Reviews is featured…. in a book nonetheless! Lucy from Tolstoy Therapy finally released her book Tolstoy Therapy: A Fiction Prescription after years writing on her blog – check it here – and dealing with anxiety and psychological problems to which fiction proved to be the best cure. Some weeks ago she contacted me to ask for permission to use my name and mention my blog in relation to a E.M Forster quote from Howards End that helped me a lot. Of course, I gave her my total support although somehow I did not know it was to appear on…

  • 20th century,  Film Adaptations,  General Fiction

    Howards End (Film)

    One of the reasons I was first attracted to E.M Forster’s Howards End was the movie. While spending an evening at IMDB, they suggested me, according to my recently visited pages, the 1992 movie by James Ivory. I must admit I am a huge fan of Mr. Ivory: when I was 12 I used to spend the evenings watching The Golden Bowl trying to decipher the symbolism and completely fascinated by Kate Beckinsale’s talent. Last month I read the novel and I couldn’t wait to watch the film. I did last week and although I don’t like reviewing films for this blog, I think literary adaptations are an exception. The…

  • Random,  Top Ten Tuesdays

    Top Ten Tuesday: Winter Books

    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! So, today I chose Winter Holiday Books because I can’t wait for winter to arrive: it means Christmas, holidays, the streets decortaed with wonderful lights, people wearing gloves, hats and scarves. I love it! But winter is also a great time of the year to curl up with a hot chocolate and a good blanket to watch an…

  • Random,  Top Ten Tuesdays

    Top Ten “Older” Books I Don’t Want People to Forget About

    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! In this list I included every book that can be taught at school, read on your own or found at a book shop but that, somehow seem to be forgotten by most readers out there! They are wide-known but little-read and I think they deserve much more attention than they usually get: 1. The Canterbury Tales by…

  • Random

    September Wrap-Up

    I can’t believe today is September’s last day. The month just flew by! I am happy it’s been so: our perception of time changes very much depending on how we feel and that is why time flies by when we are happy and a minute can be endless when we are sad. Basically, September meant easing back to a routine. I stopped reading during the second half of August, aware that the new academic year was about to start and summer was still summer without fully being it, I just managed to cope (and ask for some review copies because, let’s face it, I knew I would be back to…

  • Quotes

    Midweek Quote

    If blogging has done something for me, apart from making me happier and wiser, it’s been poiting out the books that, according to my taste, I needed to read because I would love them. In the vast sea of published books, sometimes it is hard to decide what to read and find the reasons to do so. Li from Rule the Waves is always taking about Howards End by E.M Forster and how she loves it. Reading her beautiful descriptions of the book, she convinced me I had to read it. So here I am, on a cloudy, grey evening, with Howards End reminding me why I love literature so…

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    Happy Week!

      I am one of those people for whom the week starts on Sundays, so, happy week everyone! I have been sick with migraines for the last four days so no blogging except a few comments on some really good posts. But now I’m back and I can’t wait to return to reading and writing. There are no great news over here, I’m still reading The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton and I’m really into it. When I started it two years ago I thought it was boring and predictable. This year I asked for a review copy to the publishers (I intended to ask for The Distant Hours but…