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  • Essays,  Random

    Banned Books and Women

    Banned Books weeks is happening right now and as I was browsing all your posts and Tweets, I realized that there is a close connection between banned books, feminism and women, and after Emma Watson’s speech (‘If not me, who? If not now, when?’) I realized it was high time I wrote about it. Because I cannot even imagine what it is to be banned from reading books, or getting an education or reading stories about women who transgressed social rules, defying what was expected of them and being banned by society. So, to start, let’s look at what banned books are. It certainly sounds like something from the past,…

  • 21st Century,  General Fiction,  Southern

    The Promise by Ann Weisgarber

    I first heard of The Promise by Ann Weisgarber* on Twitter, on a chat between a fellow blogger and good friend now, working for Pan McMillan. And it was instant love: as I saw the cover I knew I wanted, I needed, to read that book. A free review copy arrived some days after I contacted the publisher and, somehow, the book seemed the perfect work to ease me back on a reading routine. The picture of a little boy, unknown to me then, but a beloved one now, stared at me from the top of my TBR pile on my desk, near my reading lamp. It caught my sight…

  • Random

    30 Day Book Meme

    Day 01 – The best book you read last year Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than three times Day 03 – Your favorite series Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series Day 05 – A book that makes you happy                                                                                          Day 06 – A book that makes you sad                                                                                                 Day 07 – Most underrated book                                                                                                        Day 08 – Most overrated book                                                                                                            Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving                                                                                                                                                      Day 10 – Favorite classic book                        …

  • 19th century,  General Fiction,  Southern

    The Awakening by Kate Chopin

    The Awakening is an American novel published in 1899 in which the author, Kate Chopin, demands independence for women at a time when they were obliged to be both mothers and wives. 4.5/5 Edna Pontellier is a 29-year, high-class old Southern beauty with a perfect life that even includes a couple of houses in which she can have a break from her stressful life. But, while vacationing in Le Grand Isle with her fellow creole neighbours, she makes friends with the hotel’s owner’s son, Robert Lebrun. Although at the beginning Edna is not conscious about the real meaning of their relationship, it is when Robert decides to move to Mexico…