It’s time for … Halloween Bingo!

Yeah! I am really excited because today starts the Halloween Bingo! We were playing this for the last couple of years over on BL, and I am just so glad that it could be salvaged from the ruins of the site. Many thanks to Christine, Obsidian and Char for organizing this! We are playing over... Continue Reading →

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The Book of Tea

GoodReads ★★★★ This was one interesting booklet from the Little Black Classics. It's fun how it sometimes throws things at you that you were not expecting. This is, as the name suggests, a book on Tea. It also tries to turn tea in a philosophy, but I mainly found the information on the traditional ways... Continue Reading →

A Nervous Breakdown

GoodReads ★★★★ I recently saw my first Chekhov play, Uncle Vanya, just before the lockdown. And seeing the masterly crafted sadness there, I was not surprised that the stories included in A Nervous Breakdown would also focus for a large part on mental health/happiness.Especially the first two stories, A Nervous Breakdown and The Black Monk... Continue Reading →

The Queen of Spades

GoodReads ★★★★ This was a very nice read, and definitely one of the better Little Black Classics I have read. Also, it was my introduction to Pushkin. The story features a man obsessed with what is supposed to be the secret magical set of cards with which to win a fortune. Needless to say, this... Continue Reading →

No Time Like The Past

GoodReads ★★★★ #TimeTravelTuesday I went into this having certain expectations. I was not disappointed.Returning to St Mary's was great (even though I only left for half a day). Your favorite time-traveling historians return in order to cause more mayhem. No Time Like The Past focuses slightly more on St Mary's related problems, as they travel... Continue Reading →

The Sandman

GoodReads ★★★ This was a very strange story and not at all what I had expected. I recently also saw a ballet based on the story and it was much lighter than this. The Sandman was rather dark and slightly depressing. Interesting choice from the Little Black Classics because it was not something I would... Continue Reading →

O frabjous day!

GoodReads ★★★ I am not overly familiar with Lewis Carroll's work since I never liked Alice in Wonderland too much (the movies, never read the books). His poetry was completely new to me, but after I recently read Edward Lear's nonsense poetry (which was being compared as similar to Lewis Carroll) I was not looking... Continue Reading →

Oroonoko

GoodReads ★★ What I like about the Little Black Classics is that you are reading so many different authors, including ones that you had never heard of before encountering them in this series. Aphra Behn was one of those, and to be honest, reading about her was the most interesting part of this classic for... Continue Reading →

Seven Hanged

GoodReads ★★★★ Seven Hanged was exactly why I like the Little Black Classics! I had never even heard of the author, and the subject of the book was so dark (the final weeks/days of seven people condemned to death) but I really liked it.Russian books always have this kind of depressing atmosphere, and Seven Hanged... Continue Reading →

Letters to a Young Poet

GoodReads ★★★★ I recently came across Rilke in a movie - I believe it was Marriage Story - which I watched just before it was the turn for Letters to a Young Poet. That I hadn't really had any prior knowledge of Rilke goes to show that I don't know a lot about poetry.This collection... Continue Reading →

Stay Where You Are and Then Leave

GoodReads ★★★★★ I was very excited to read this book as I'm a great fan of John Boyne's books! I just loved the title, and had high expectations for the rest of the novel. It didn't disappoint! The story centers around Alfie during the First World War in London. One day when shoeshining near Kings... Continue Reading →

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