Time for a break

Hi guys and gals,

As you’ve undoubtedly noticed, I’ve not posted much in the past few weeks. I’ve had a bit of a writer’s block going on, which for me meant that nothing I wrote sounded good enough. It seems like an appropriate time to take a short break from blogging again. Just to ensure I’m not forcing myself to write and to keep it fun. After all, that’s why I blog in the first place.

I hope you’re all well and enjoying the summer.

Love,
Myrthe

Ps. I’m hoping to be back in September.

Reading statistics – July 2016

Another month has ended. I only managed to read 5 books this month. Not surprising, as I went to Scotland for two weeks and somehow rewatched all the seasons of Gilmore Girls. In between all of that, there wasn’t a lot of time left for reading. I also starting two other books that I didn’t finish, because I really just couldn’t get into them or find anything about it to keep me interested.

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  1. Illuminati (Angels & Demons, German audio edition) by Dan Brown
  2. The Good Luck of Right Now (audio book) by Matthew Quick
  3. Juttertje Tim by Paul Biegel
  4. Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  5. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

And the ones I didn’t finish (and thus got rid off):

  1. The Ghost Road by Pat Barker
  2. 3483606Hoe God verdween uit Jorwerd by Geert Mak

All in all, very little books were removed from my TBR, and as you’ll see as you read on, a lot of books were added to my TBR. So, on the schedule of getting my TBR down, I’m months behind. I am very excited about all the books I bought in Scotland though.

  1. The Ghost Road by Pat Barker
  2. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
  3. Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  4. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  5. Perfect People by Peter James
  6. 26183610Feed by Mira Grant
  7. A Certain Justice by P. D. James
  8. Room by Emma Donoghue
  9. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  10. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
  11. The Uninvited by Clive Harold
  12. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  13. Rainman by Leonore Fleischer

Yup, 13 new books, leaving my TBR at a very unsatisfying 196 books. At least I’ll never run out of anything to read. How are you doing with your reading goals? Doing well, or struggling to catch up, like me?

Review: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

 Book review | Review of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey | 4 stars

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest  by Ken Kesey

Cover design: Neil Stuart
Penguin 1981
ISBN: 0 1400 4312 8

Synopsis

A classic novel of the 1960s, this powerful story about life in a mental hospital is told by a half-Indian patient called Chief Bromden. The Chief will not talk, and he has deceived the staff into thinking him deaf and dumb; but through his self-imposed protective fog he is an acute observer. To him the head of the ward, known as Big Nurse, is the very source of evil, destroying men’s wills and reducing them to mindless obedience.

Soon a lustful, brawling, life-loving new inmate, Randle Patrick McMurphy, alights in this cuckoo’s nest. Horrified by the rule of Big Nurse, McMurphy resolves to oppose her. What happens when she is forced to use her ultimate weapon against him provides the story’s shocking climax.


Bullet-point review

★★★★☆

+ representation of mental illness
+ description of mental illness
+visualization of mental illness

 – at times: long-winded


Full Review

What impressed me about this book, is the references to mental illness in a way that makes it clear what it really feels like. Obviously it differs per person, but this book has a great way of visualizing it. Other people to represent the evils and fog that he cannot see through to show the disconnect to the rest of the world.

The story itself isn’t always too interesting. It gets long-winded and repetitive at times, but the message is so great that it’s easy to look past the very few parts that made me feel that way.

The ending of the novel clearly showed that in the end, we are all people: mental illness or not, people are people.


Sunday Post #41 -Work, work, work.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba, the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This way, I can tell you a little about my week and sum up what happened on the blog and everything else that I find interesting.


This week (and last week) on the blog

Next week on the blog

  • Review: One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  • Book statistics – July 2016
  • The Isle of Skye, Scotland

Personal

This week has still been really busy. My direct colleague is on holiday and I’ve got to make sure the department runs smoothly now. Not easy, since I’ve only worked a couple weeks so far. Luckily there are a lot of other colleagues who are happy to help out, making it a little easier.

I feel like I might finally have a little time to really work on my blog again. Hopefully you’ll all be getting replies to all the messages you left pretty soon.

Plan for today: write a couple of review, write some of the blog posts I’ll be posting next week. And, hopefully also write some posts for the weeks following, so that I’ll have something to post if I run out of time again (which is bound to happen).

Next weekend, I’ll be going to the Deventer Boekenmarkt again. I’m hoping for a great haul from there. So, fingers crossed.

Have a great week!

Ps. I’ve been watching too many episodes of Gilmore Girls, so I haven’t had time to read. It’s been ages since I’ve seen any of these episodes. I love it!


Book-related

new books:

(no new books)

books finished:

(no books finished)

Reading Lasses (Wigtown, Scotland)

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The Reading Lasses in Wigtown Scotland isn’t just a bookstore. It’s also a cafe where you can get something to eat or drink, while sitting down to read, or standing to browse through all the bookshelves all around you.

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They don’t only have the prettiest plant pots in front of their windows, the cutest old-fashioned tea-cups, but also a room completely dedicated to women’s literature. All the books in the room have been written by female authors and some amazing books can be found in there. In the same room, there was a whole shelf with lesbian fiction.

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The food is very nice and the service is great, so if you need something to eat while book shopping in Wigtown, I can definitely recommend this place.

Weirdly enough, the book I picked up here was by a male author: Perfect People by Peter James. Hopefully I can give you a review for that pretty soon, because the synopsis sounds amazing!

Review: Symbolism in Fairy Tales

 Book review | Symboliek van sprookjes by J. F .Croes-van Delden | 3 stars

Symboliek van sprookjes by J. F. Croes-van Delden

Illustrations: Ap Boerma
Uitgeverij Ankh-Hermes BV 1977
ISBN: 90 202 0590 0

Synopsis

Het feit dat sprookjes een eeuwenlang leven beschoren is, bewijst hun grote waarde. Net als in vele mythen ligt in de sprookjes een diepe symboliek verborgen. Het is fascinerend om deze symboliek te ontdekken. Bekende en onbekende sprookjes krijgen opeen een heel andere betekenis. Wij herkennen de psychologische structuur van de mens, zijn ontwikkelingsgang en inwijdingen door het leven.


Bullet-point review

★★★☆☆

+ meaning of numbers
+ meaning of characters
+ symbolism
+ fascinating

– objects were not discussed


Full Review

It was so interesting reading the different interpretations of the fairy tales. I’ll probably have a completely different view on them from now on. Several different fairy tales were discussed and when I do read those fairy tales (again), I’ll whip out this book to refresh my memory concerning the symbolism.

I did miss the discussion of symbols in this book however. A lot of different characters were discussed and their representation in the story. Objects or symbols were not discussed, which was a shame. Numbers however were included and seemed to always have a certain meaning, no matter the story.

If you like fairy tales, I would recommend reading a book like this. It gives you a great (renewed) insight into fairy tales.


The Sunday Post #40 – Bye, bye, Scotland

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba, the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This way, I can tell you a little about my week and sum up what happened on the blog and everything else that I find interesting.


This week (and last week) on the blog

Next week on the blog

  • Review: Symboliek van Sprookjes
  • Reading Lasses (bookshop/cafe in Wigtown, Scotland)
  • Our trip to Cape Wrath, Scotland

Personal

This week was all about getting back to work. A little stressful, but a lot of fun. A possibly strange way to describe what I do, but I enjoy it.

Of course, the week before, we traveled the north coast of Scotland and stayed in some great (and one ok-ish) B&B. I’m glad to be home again though, and to be sleeping in my own bed.

Just a short update today, because I’m still too tired to write proper sentences. Hopefully next week will be better, because I really need to start writing some new blog posts, or you’ll have nothing to read next week.

Happy reading! Let me know how July has treated you so far.


Book-related

new books:

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books finished:

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