• 21st Century,  General Fiction

    The Casual Vacancy by J.K Rowling

    When The Casual Vacancy news flooded the world some months ago, I was super excited for J.R Rowling publishing an adult book, a typically English book and for the description provided on many websites, it almost felt like a modern Cranford. So, I bought it and finally after a lot of waiting (never trust the mail system) it arrived at the beginning of October and although it was not what I expected, it was a great reading. From The Book Depository: When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square…

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    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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    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…