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  • Features,  She Writes

    She Writes: Margaret Atwood

    She Writes is coming to an end today. The series – which have run for the last three months – have given me the opportunity to interview women authors from all over the world and ask them questions that really matters in the current state of the world with women and artists being systematically undervalued. The aim of the interviews was to throw some light into what it means to be a woman who writes, and how the writing is interwoven with the reading and the works of women. My ultimate goal with the series was to bring together a group of women whose work I admire and get them…

  • 20th century,  General Fiction

    Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood

    We all have that one author we can always go to when we do not know what to read, or when we need some quality comfort reading. For me, that author is Margaret Atwood. I fell in love with her novels when I found Alias Grace, and although I have had some trouble with some of her other works – such as The Robber Bride – she never disappoints. I bought Cat’s Eye (1988) at my local bookshop a few months ago after a particularly bad morning at work. If there is anything that makes life beautiful, that is beautiful books, and I could not resist this paperback edition that…

  • Random,  Top Ten Tuesdays

    Top Ten Books On My Summer To-Be-Read list

    I have long waited for this post. I have great reading plans for the summer, basically to keep myself busy and therefore, sane. But time will tell if I do any of the readings here, because it’s a pretty ambitious and heavy list 🙂 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! 1. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir.- I cannot call myself a…

  • Author Interviews,  Features

    The Awesomeness of Magaret Atwood: Asking her a Question

    A good friend and a fellow book-lover recently allerted me about the possibility of asking questions to some selected writers at Goodreads. And he told me because he knows how much I workship Margaret Atwood and she was one of the chosen authors for this idea that Goodreads is testing at the moment. So, I asked a question and imagine my surprise and awe when I got an email telling me that “Margaret has answered your question”. If you follow this blog I’m sure you can guess which of her novels I asked her about (sorry for the deleted text. A tiny, little effort to keep my location private over…

  • Feminist Sundays

    Feminist Sundays: Margaret Atwood

    Feminist Sundays is a weekly meme created at Books and Reviews. The aim is simply to have a place and a time to talk about feminism and women’s issues. This is a place of tolerance, creativity, discussion, criticism and praise. Remember to keep in mind that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, although healthy discussion is encouraged. Today, I wanted to return to the quick profiles and share some information about one of the most inspiring feminist writers out there: Margaret Atwood. Name: Margaret Atwood Dates and place: Born in 1939 in Ottawa, she grew up in northern Ontario and Quebec to where her father’s job as a zoologist…

  • 20th century,  General Fiction

    The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood

    The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood had been on my TBR pile for almost two years now. After reading some novels I expected to love but did not, I decided it was time for an Atwood novel. I had bought it at a local bookshop mainly because of the gorgeous cover and its wonderful price: it was a paperback, but the combination made it irresistible. From Goodreads: Margaret Atwood’s The Robber Bride is inspired by “The Robber Bridegroom,” a wonderfully grisly tale from the Brothers Grimm in which an evil groom lures three maidens into his lair and devours them, one by one. But in her version, Atwood brilliantly recasts…

  • 21st Century,  General Fiction

    Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

    Burial Rites by Hannah Kent is one of those books that your whole Twitter feed is reading and, since you all trust them so much regarding books, you decide to take a look. Once I did, I knew it was a book that I needed to read, probably autumn’s best and most anticipated novel, so I contacted Sandra Taylor from Macmillan and the kindly sent me a review copy. A big thanks, as usual, to everyone who made it possible for me to have the book. From Goodreads: A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in…

  • 21st Century,  General Fiction

    When Nights were Cold by Susanna Jones

    Mantle books was kind enough to send two review copies of some of their best-selling works in exchange for my honest review and thanks to our common passion for Benjamin Black. I am really excited to start this new chapter at Books and Reviews! When Nights were Cold by Susanna Jones is one of those two books. From Book Depository In turn of the century London, Grace Farringdon dreams of polar explorations and of escape from her stifling home with her protective parents and eccentric, agoraphobic sister. But while Grace longs to cross glaciers and survive sub-zero conditions with her hero Ernest Shackleton, she seems destined for nothing more than…

  • Essays,  Random

    On contemporary literature

    I’m reading Treasure Island for A Victorian Celebration and… I don’t like it. I expected a lot of treasure things going on, but it is a story of buccaneers and pirates with a mischievous little boy fooling around (as you can see I’m angry at a book). The only thing that makes the book a little bit more pleasant is Long John Silver (and he is the bad guy). So, I asked myself: what would you like to read right now? And the answer was contemporary literature. Crime and detective novels, feminist novels, Margaret Atwood, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, English plays from the 20th century, Kate Atkinson, bring it on!…

  • Random

    Women’s Day and Month

    8th March is Women’s Day and, for bloggers out there, March is a month devoted to female writers (or characters). I personally love these themed readings and honoring my favourite female writer, Margaret Atwood, would be a dream. However, things are not that easy right now since I’m way behind in my school readings. So, my first thought was: no Margaret Atwood for me this month. Shame on me. I had forgotten Margaret Atwood is also a fantastic short story author! My way out of my busy reading life? I decided to borrow Dead Bones, a short story collection by Margaret Atwood from my library. Wikipedia describes the book as…