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Sunday, April 23, 2017

on bookshops


Eligiendo lecturas en la librería (ilustración de Arthur Getz):
Artist: Arthur Getz
Last fortnight, I went op-shopping with my sister and some friends. Our last stop (after morning tea) was to the only dedicated bookshop in town: a mixture of new and pre-loved and old cultural books and Penguin classics. Inside, it smells of dusty ink and paper. As much as I like visiting there, I often don't buy simply because I find it hard to find books that pique my interest and I'm kind of poor, but this time there were two poetry books (Sylvia Plath and Robert Frost) and Dragonrider by Cornelia Funke (I've been meaning to read Inkheart for forever, which is a good enough reason for getting that one). So I bought those, and my friend bought a book, and, as we were leaving, I noticed a for sale sign in the window. If I could, I'd buy that bookshop on the side of the arcade across from the café. I wonder, a little sadly, what will happen to it.

Yesterday, I learned two of the bigger bookshops in our nearest city had closed. Bookshops I had insisted on visiting whenever we were there for appointments or clothes shopping. Now they're gone, and economically I

Sunday, March 26, 2017

beautiful people // jo brightly + rob waterbury

photo credit: me + my mother's glitter supply

Beautiful People (hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury + Skye @ Further Up and Further In) posts are some of my favourite to write. I'm typing this intro quickly before work (but at the time of actually posting this it's not work time) so without further ado, here's March's edition which I've split in two because both these characters won't stay out of my head. First we have Jo Brightly from Silly, Honest, Kind, a fun novel about family and moving across the country and running a café and playing sports. Secondly: Rob Waterbury, one of the main characters from an epistolary-style retelling of The Railway Children and The Secret Garden ...
 
jo brightly

What’s their favorite book/movie/play/etc.? // Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty became her favourite novel the first time she read it because it's quirky, simple and written in letters. Notting Hill is her favourite movie like (and she knows this reasoning is sappy) it was her mum's. She's not really a theatre person, not for lack of her grandfather's trying to make her one.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

flowers in the sink



after a week of adulting and not much sleep and summer weather daring to continue in autumn and loving epistolary novels to pieces, I wrote something this afternoon:

Darling,

She's left flowers in the kitchen sink again. There are tulips and roses and snapdragons, like Mrs Tumbler grows. You don't think she stole them from Mrs Tumbler, do you? Heavens, I hope not. But, in my mind, I can see her at dawn plucking and piecing together enough bouquets to fill every vase in the house. She's a worry. An absolute worry. Which is why you must come home. Please come home.

Bethany

Friday, March 10, 2017

birthdays, chocolate, + cardigans // autumn reading list

 Oh, hi! I, the phantom-creature who runs this blog and underestimated how tiresome yet wonderful adulting would be, is back! So my summer was incredibly hot with not enough rain (if you live in the tropics, you'll understand, haha) and also involved going to my first official job interview, getting said job (A TRAINEESHIP AT THE LIBRARY! I'M SCREAMING!), starting said job (STILL SCREAMING!). Then there was Christmas, Boxing Day (aka reading Christmas gift books day), a surprise two-week visit from my best friend (we decorated pineapples, took way too many photos, and went for lots of walks), and drafting-turned-editing (which is scary, but fun, and mentally draining, but enjoyable, and I know I'm a bundle of contradictions). After procrastinating and rearranging like there was no tomorrow, I finally settled on a happy arrangement for my bookshelf (as you can see on the above photo), too.
 
AND reading. How could I not mention reading? Remember that summer reading list I made at the end of last year? I read 5/10 books, with which I'm quite happy. And, because I enjoy lists and plans (even if there's a tad too grand) and organising, I've made a new reading list for autumn ...
 
A U T U M N   R E A D I N G    L I S T  / /  2 0 1 7 
 
(This'll be my first Stephanie Morrill, one of the brilliant people behind Go Teen Writers!, novel and easily the one I'm most excited for because 1920s, yes? I picked up Burning Bright for a dollar at my library's book sale and it's about William Blake, who I remember from senior English. I saw Sword at Sunset's beautiful hardcover at the library and I've heard some great things about her writing, so excited!)

(I enjoyed both the first books in The Lunar Chronicles, so I'm quite interested to see how Marissa Meyer retells Rapunzel and to continue the stories of Cinder and Scarlet and Thorne and Kai. A Small Free Kiss in the Dark is also a library sale book, but it's by an Aussie author and has a beautiful cover so I can't wait to read it. Stars is a Peter Pan retelling and I just really, really, really want to read a Peter Pan retelling. : P)
 
(Both The Someday Birds and Braced are middle grade 2017 releases that I've mentioned here before and can't wait to read! Invincible is the sequel to Invisible which I read a couple of years ago and quite enjoyed; I'm reading it in preparation for the third book releasing sometime this year.)

(This one has its own story attached: it's originally a German childrens book my mum loved when she was growing up and recently she found its English translation secondhand. A yellow hardback published over 50 years ago which I am in love with already.)

Do you like seasonal reading lists? What's autumn like in your part of the world? And have you read any of these books? 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

letters to authors // 02

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To Anne Elisabeth Stengl: Thank you for a return to the magical world of Goldstone Wood in Starflower. After three books whose timelines intertwined so intricately, I admit I wondered where exactly the story could go next and whether I could love it as much; thank you for introducing me to new characters and letting me see old ones through different eyes. Honestly, I hope you never run out of stories for this world. I will always take more cat-men, fairy fables, dragons, and enchantments. From me. xo