Monday, January 23, 2012

Every so often I get a reminder of why I love Dickens

On bees:
"They work; but don't you think they overdo it? They work so much more than they need — they make so much more than they can eat — they are so incessantly boring and buzzing at their one idea till Death comes upon them — that don't you think they overdo it? And are human labourers to have no holidays, because of the bees? And am I never to have change of air, because the bees don't? Mr. Boffin, I think honey excellent at breakfast; but regarded in the light of my conventional schoolmaster and moralist, I protest against the tyrannical humbug of your friend the bee. With the highest respect for you."
~Our Mutual Friend

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


It kind of makes me dizzy, but in the best way possible.

First post of the new year!

Just 17 days behind schedule....

I actually do have books to report on. I can only think of one at the moment, but there will be more reviews to come.

On New Year's Eve I finished The Paris Wife. I *really* liked this book. Maybe it's because I like the sort of behind-the-scenes type of stories about authors, or maybe it was just well-written. Or both. Honestly, it didn't feel like it was about Ernest Hemingway. It felt like it was about his first wife, Hadley Richardson. Which it was.

OK, it's been a bit too long (apparently) for me to give a coherent review. Anyway, good book. I recommend it. I'm reading a few more books right now, so hopefully there will be more updates in the near future.