Why I am so Clever

GoodReads ★★ Every week I read one Little Black Classic and this week's is Nietzsche supposedly self-mocking autobiography.I can be quick. To me, I found it less self-mocking and more like a man who is rather full of himself. Sure, he is exaggerating and it shows, but with this kind of snub undertones that go... Continue Reading →

The Frogs

GoodReads ★★★★ All year I've been reading one of the Little Black Classics each week, with different levels of success. Going into The Frogs, I has no idea what to expect.It turned out to be a play (I like plays), and as such a Greek comedy. I've in school studied some Greek theater, but these... Continue Reading →


GoodReads ★ This was utter nonsense!I guess the title should have given fair warning, but I was still surprised at it. Maybe I was missing a lot, but I could not get anything out of these poems and was just hoping the book would finish quickly.Really not my cup of tea. Nonsense (Little Black Classics... Continue Reading →

The Withered Arm

GoodReads ★★★★ The Withered Arm was a nice addition to the Little Black Classics collection. It has a bit of that late 19th Century feel to it with a story of a new bride who gets cursed through one of her dreams. It was an interesting story.The only thing I had previously read by Thomas... Continue Reading →

The Nun of Murano

GoodReads ★★★ I was unsure what to expect from this one. Okay, I knew exactly what I was expecting from Casanova, but this was also coming from the 18th Century and as such I still found it more explicit than I would have thought. Part of the larger collection of his escapades this focuses on... Continue Reading →


GoodReads ★★★ It has been a while since I read something by Joseph Conrad - in all honesty I only ever read the other Little Black Classics Tomorrow - but I liked that one so I was looking forward to Typhoon. A storm at see, terrible odds, what was not to like?And this was nice,... Continue Reading →

How To Be a Medieval Woman

GoodReads ★★ How To Be a Medieval Woman was like the polar opposite to last week's Little Black Classic: The Suffragettes, and it was a terrible read.Maybe if the main character was not called 'said creature' the entire time, THIS creature would have somewhat enjoyed reading it. This was what put me off right from... Continue Reading →

The Suffragettes

GoodReads ★★★★ This year I plan to read one of these Little Black Classics a week, so that I will finish them (currently at #94 of 127) and can start with the Little Mint Classics (the Modern classics). The Suffragettes was first on the list, and while it would have been a perfect read for... Continue Reading →

The Inugami Curse

GoodReads ★★★★ I had not heard of Seishi Yokomizo before, although he is a famous Japanese mystery writer. The Inugami Curse had all the features you have come to expect from mystery novels from that particular era.There is a rich but strange family, the patriarch recently deceased. Upon reading of the will, family members start... Continue Reading →

The Crying of Lot 49

GoodReads ★★ It's been some time since I've hated a book with a passion like I did The Crying of Lot 49. Warning: some ramblings ahead.It was a book club read and I wanted to start this about two weeks before the book club, because I wanted the book to be still fresh in my... Continue Reading →

The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life

GoodReads ★★★ I was looking for some light escapism to read over the weekend - I have been feeling slightly reading slump-ish and I wanted to reverse it as soon as possible. Than I saw The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life popping up all over my feed, and remembering that I still had an ARC... Continue Reading →

Mrs. Dalloway

GoodReads ★★★ I have been reading some Virginia Woolf this year. It started with Flush, which was included in the Little Black Classics, followed by an essay on reading, and now I just tackled one of her most famous novels: Mrs. Dalloway - because it was recently featured on the Pigeonhole.It follows Mrs. Dalloway during... Continue Reading →

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