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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,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…