We owe it to each other to tell stories - Neil Gaiman

Monday, 28 March 2011

I am feeling a little unbalanced giving my blog no attention, but after this week I should be back and posting regularly. I have an assignment due on the 1st and then the 11th and then I can focus all my writing energy on my blog again.

I have been reading whilst I have been away, so I will be back with a bang when I am back. So for now I will just leave you with something to ponder, have a great week of reading.

Life is too important to be taken seriously - Oscar Wilde

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Quidditch through the Ages

Having read all the Harry Potter books I was already amazed by J.K. Rowling's talent for telling a story in which so much comes from her own imagination. I did not think I could be any more impressed, but having read Quidditch through the Ages, I can truthfully say that Ms Rowling has bowled me over for a six.

I never would have been able to think about everything that she has come up with about Quidditch, I would not even be able to think up questions that would generate the wonderful accounts she has created. It is like reading an interesting book about something that is real, and that she wrote such a detailed account about a fictive sport is just amazing. I now cannot wait to track down a copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them to see what she has come up with for that.

Quidditch through the ages gives a very detailed account of where Quidditch started and how it came to be the sport that wizards play today. I am a fantasy convert now, it is just so amazing what can exist in your mind and come alive off of the pages of a book. So if you have not read it yet, go and get yourself a copy, you will thoroughly enjoy it and have a deeper enjoyment of Quidditch whether seeing it in the movies or reading it in the Harry Potter Books.

On a much lighter note, Happy St. Patrick's Day to ALL

As you all should have noticed I have been absent from blogging for a fair amount of time. This year is just kicking my ass as far as time management is concerned and one of the major reasons is Jayden - my nephew that I have been looking after. I really am not cut out for it; a life of sleep deprivation and trying to get enough time to do what I have to do - this is so not on. But what can I do? John Lennon was right when he said life is what happens when you're busy making other plans (I know I have said this like a million times before, but it rings as true today as it did when he first said it so many years ago).

So I just have to come up with some sort of plan to make sure that I can do what I have to do in order to stay out of the dark place. I am not yet sure how I am going to do it, but some how I will. I feel a lot less frazzled than I have the last few weeks. I went to the doctor on Monday and she ordered me to go to bed and to stay there until today at the very least. I am so grateful to her because I had no idea how sleep deprived I truly have been, and well the circles under my eyes should have been an indication. But what can I say, I push myself as we all do, and I have been pushing myself towards a meltdown, and I had a mini one on Saturday at my sister's birthday party where I burst into tears and could not stop crying for a good while. What this has taught me is that I cannot keep pushing myself or I am going to push myself back into the dark place and this time it will not be that easy to get back out again. So a lot more will have to be done by my family to support me because looking after my nephew is not supposed to be my job, he has a mother.

But enough complaining about my life - although I think it can help to shed some light on why my blog has been so stagnant - and back to bookish things. I have yet to complete Oliver Twist; it was just so sad that I could not continue with it, but I will read it and finish it soon. I have yet to open Jane Eyre and read further than the introduction, but I will get there too, I just need to pace myself. So what I have decided to do is to get back to the easier books so that I can as it were get my groove back and start reading at a better pace. But I should say that even when I do manage to get balance, I will still not be posting as frequently as I did last year because my academic work also needs a lot more time than it has been getting. So please know that if you do not see a post up here for a while that I have not abandoned blogging, but rather that it has just become too much and that I have had to scale back on some things to get everything done.

This weekend is a long weekend here in South Africa, so hopefully I can get a fair amount done. My top priority is finishing my assignment comparing Hesiod's Theogeny with the Hindu Rig Veda. I won't go into too much detail here, but I think it is worth considering starting up a classics blog where Ancient Greek and Roman Civilisations and everything that goes with them can enjoy centre stage. That ofcourse will happen when I am a master at time management, so watch this space for news on that.

If all goes well this weekend, you can look forward to 3 new posts on Quidditch through the Ages, The Stefan Diaries and Spin the Plate Donna Anastaci's short story.

Until then, have a great week and happy reading to all of you!

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Book Stats: Jane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Bronte

Date of Publication: 1847

Other Notable Works: Shirley, Villette

Pages: 401

My Edition: Wordsworth Classics

Why I read it: I bought it in 2008 and Whitney's readalong just gave me the push I need to read it. Also reading it for the Back to the Classics Challenge

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books I just HAD to buy... but are still sitting on my bookshelf

My list for this Top Ten could really go on for a while, but I will just put up ten. So here they are, in no particular order:

1. The Audacity of Hope - I remember in first year my friend Sybil and I were watching Oprah and saw Barack Obama for the first time. We were really taken by him and when we heard about his two books we immediately went to the campus library to look for them. Sadly they did not have them, and when they did get them, the waiting list was longer than my arm. So when I saw it on one of my numerous trips to Bargain Books in 2009, I just had to have it. I have it but have not read it, but I suppose that is what happens when you have so many books to read, but so little time in which to read them.

2. The Measure of a Man - Another book purchase that can be attributed to watching Oprah. Her interview with Sidney Poitier was just so moving. I will read this book soon.

3. Love in the Time of Cholera - this is just one of those classics that you have to have. And well I do, so I should make a plan to read it.

4. Slumdog Millionaire - I have heard great things about this movie, so thought I have to have the book and read it before I watch the movie. Needless to say I have done neither.

5. Bringing down the House - I LOVE the movie 21 so when I saw it was based on a book, I just had to read it. Still have not read it.

6. Eat. Pray. Love. - I heard great things about this book and of course it was on Oprah, so you know what happened...

7. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner - when I heard about this Eclipse novella I was so antsy to get it that I pre-ordered it, seems so silly in hindsight.

8. The Kite Runner - I had heard about this book from a friend so when I saw it I just had to buy it.

9. The Pillars of the Earth - this is another one of the Oprah books, that I just had to have.

10. Capricornia - I love Baz Luhrmann's Australia, and when I saw that this book was re-released because of Australia I had to have it because I love all anthopology type things when it comes to learning about things. Yet to be read.