I am saying Goodbye and Thank You!

Perhaps some of you have noticed already that  I haven’t posted a review in a while.  The fact is that I don’t seem to be able to keep up with my reviews at the moment.  I have posted some on GoodReads and LibraryThing, but to do it also on my blog, is a bit too much at the moment, because I just don’t have the time.  All of you who have a blog, know that it takes a lot of time to keep it updated, time that I don’t seem to have.

So I am going to stop for a while.  However, there will be some more Discover a Book posts on the 15th of each month, because I have some more scheduled.  I will also try to keep updating my Reviews-, Challenges- and Books Read in 2012-pages.  But the links will lead you to either GoodReads (books in English) or LibraryThing (books in Dutch).  And when I write a review there,  I will tweet about it (@NadyneN).

And of course I will keep following all your lovely and interesting blogs, and comment there if I feel inclined to.

Discover a Book! May

Some time ago I read a great post on BookRiot about the Best Use of QR codes EVER‘ and I knew I wanted to do something with it.  So here is my idea… On the 15th of each month you can discover an e-book behind one of these codes that I will post on my blog.  I’ll give you a couple of hints too.  Most of the time it will be a classic, but perhaps now and then there will be a newer book to read.

I hope you all enjoy this random tour of books and  would like to thank BookRiot for this idea.

Here is the “Book of the Month”.  Can you guess which author wrote this book?

Tips:

  • This English author wrote 30 novels, more than 60 short stories, 14 plays, and over 100 non-fiction pieces.
  • Another one of his works (The Moonstone) is considered by many to be one of the first detective novels ever.

The Woman in White

Discover a Book! April

Some time ago I read a great post on BookRiot about the Best Use of QR codes EVER‘ and I knew I wanted to do something with it.  So here is my idea… On the 15th of each month you can discover an e-book behind one of these codes that I will post on my blog.  I’ll give you a couple of hints too.  Most of the time it will be a classic, but perhaps now and then there will be a newer book to read.

I hope you all enjoy this random tour of books and  would like to thank BookRiot for this idea.

Here is the “Book of the Month”.  Can you guess which book is hidden behind this month’s QR-code?

Tips:

  • On Wikipedia the author is described as: ‘an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism and biting social commentary has gained her historical importance among scholars and critics’.
  • About the main character after whom the book is named, the author wrote: ‘I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.’

Emma

Discover a Book! March

Some time ago I read a great post on BookRiot about the Best Use of QR codes EVER‘ and I knew I wanted to do something with it.  So here is my idea… On the 15th of each month you can discover an e-book behind one of these codes that I will post on my blog.  I’ll give you a couple of hints too.  Most of the time it will be a classic, but perhaps now and then there will be a newer book to read.

I hope you all enjoy this random tour of books and  would like to thank BookRiot for this idea.

Here is the “Book of the Month”.  Can you guess which book this is?

Tips:

  • He is an Irish author.
  • His most famous novel created the most famous vampire ever!

Dracula

Discover a Book! February

Some time ago I read a great post on BookRiot about the Best Use of QR codes EVER‘ and I knew I wanted to do something with it.  So here is my idea… On the 15th of each month you can discover an e-book behind one of these codes that I will post on my blog.  I’ll give you a couple of hints too.  Most of the time it will be a classic, but perhaps now and then there will be a newer book to read.

I hope you all enjoy this random tour of books and I would like to thank BookRiot for this idea.

Here is the “Book of the Month”.  Do you know which book I chose this month?

Tips:

  • This author received the 1907 Nobel Price for Literature.
  • In the film version of this book, especially Balou the Bear has become famous.

The Jungle Book

Discover a Book! January

Some time ago I read a great post on BookRiot about the Best Use of QR codes EVER‘ and I knew I wanted to do something with it.  So here is my idea… On the 15th of each month you can discover an e-book behind one of these codes that I will post on my blog.  I’ll give you a couple of hints too.  Most of the time it will be a classic, but perhaps now and then there will be a newer book to read.

I hope you all enjoy this random tour of books and I would like to thank BookRiot for this idea.

Here is the “Book of the Month”.  Which author is featured this month?

Tips:

  • This is a German-language author of novels and short stories.
  • When you get lost in administrative rules this situation is called after him.

Metamorphosis

Discover a Book! December

Some time ago I read a great post on BookRiot about the Best Use of QR codes EVER‘ and I knew I wanted to do something with it.  So here is my idea… On the 15th of each month you can discover an e-book behind one of these codes that I will post on my blog.  I’ll give you a couple of hints too.  Most of the time it will be a classic, but perhaps now and then there will be a newer book to read.

I hope you all enjoy this random tour of books and I would like to thank BookRiot for this idea.

Here is the “Book of the Month”.  Because it is Christmas I have chosen the book that to me is the ultimate Christmas book, one that I reread practically every year in this period.

Tips:

  • The author is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period.
  • This work is one of the most influential books ever written, according to Wikipedia.

A Christmas Carol

Discover a Book! November

Some time ago I read a great post on BookRiot about the Best Use of QR codes EVER‘ and I knew I wanted to do something with it.  So here is my idea… On the 15th of each month you can discover an e-book behind one of these codes that I will post on my blog.  I’ll give you a couple of hints too.  Most of the time it will be a classic, but perhaps now and then there will be a newer book to read.

I hope you all enjoy this random tour of books and I would like to thank BookRiot for this idea.



Here is the “Book of the Month”.  Because November is the month in which I was born (some years ago), I choose one of my favourite authors.  And this one is very easy to guess with the clues I give you.

Tips:

  • The author is considered to be the Queen of Crime.
  • This one is the first book she published in 1920.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Discover a Book! October

Some time ago I read a great post on BookRiot about the Best Use of QR codes EVER‘ and I knew I wanted to do something with it.  So here is my idea… On the 15th of each month you can discover an e-book behind one of these codes that I will post on my blog.  I’ll give you a couple of hints too.  Most of the time it will be a classic, but perhaps now and then there will be a newer book to read.

I hope you all enjoy this random tour of books and I would like to thank BookRiot for this idea.

Here is the “Book of the Month”.

Tips:

  • The Scottish author first published this book in 1886.
  • Main theme of the book is a condition that is now called ‘split personality’.

Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde

Discover a Book! September

Some time ago I read a great post on BookRiot about the Best Use of QR codes EVER‘ and I knew I wanted to do something with it.  So here is my idea… On the 15th of each month you can discover an e-book behind one of these codes that I will post on my blog.  I’ll give you a couple of hints too.  Most of the time it will be a classic, but perhaps now and then there will be a newer book to read.

I hope you all enjoy this random tour of books and  would like to thank BookRiot for this idea.

Here is the “Book of the Month”.

Can you guess which book it is?

Tips:

  • He used the initials of his first names instead of Clive Staples.
  • Alice has a dream.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

A William Shakespeare Read! THE SONNETS

I am finally trying to read Shakespeare’s plays, sonnets and poems.  The total result of my efforts you can see here.

The Sonnets (1609)image

Audio, through Lit2Go via iTunes U.

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From Wikipedia: A collection of 154 sonnets, dealing with themes such as the passage of time, love, beauty and mortality, first published in a 1609 quarto entitled SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS.: Never before imprinted. (although sonnets 138 and 144 had previously been published in the 1599 miscellany The Passionate Pilgrim). The quarto ends with “A Lover’s Complaint”, a narrative poem of 47 seven-line stanzas written in rhyme royal.

One interpretation is that Shakespeare’s sonnets are in part a pastiche or parody of the three-centuries-old tradition of Petrarchan love sonnets; Shakespeare consciously inverts conventional gender roles as delineated in Petrarchan sonnets to create a more complex and potentially troubling depiction of human love.[26] He also violated many sonnet rules, which had been strictly obeyed by his fellow poets: he plays with gender roles (20), he speaks on human evils that do not have to do with love (66), he comments on political events (124), he makes fun of love (128), he speaks openly about sex (129), he parodies beauty (130), and even introduces witty pornography (151).




Here are some of my favourite sonnets:

Sonnet 4: Unthrifty loveliness why dost thou spend
Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend
Upon thyself thy beauty’s legacy?
Nature’s bequest gives nothing but doth lend,
And being frank she lends to those are free.
Then, beauteous niggard, why dost thou abuse
The bounteous largess given thee to give?
Profitless usurer, why dost thou use
So great a sum of sums, yet canst not live?
For having traffic with thyself alone,
Thou of thyself thy sweet self dost deceive.
Then how, when nature calls thee to be gone,
What acceptable audit canst thou leave?
Thy unused beauty must be tomb’d with thee,
Which, used, lives th’ executor to be.

Sonnet 20: A Woman’s Face with Nature’s Own Hand

A woman’s face with nature’s own hand painted,
Hast thou, the master mistress of my passion;
A woman’s gentle heart, but not acquainted
With shifting change, as is false women’s fashion:
An eye more bright than theirs, less false in rolling,
Gilding the object whereupon it gazeth;
A man in hue all hues in his controlling,
Which steals men’s eyes and women’s souls amazeth.
And for a woman wert thou first created;
Till Nature, as she wrought thee, fell a-doting,
And by addition me of thee defeated,
By adding one thing to my purpose nothing.
But since she prick’d thee out for women’s pleasure,
Mine be thy love and thy love’s use their treasure.

Sonnet 71: No longer mourn for me when I am dead 

No longer mourn for me when I am dead
Than you shall hear the surly sullen bell
Give warning to the world that I am fled
From this vile world with vilest worms to dwell:
Nay, if you read this line, remember not
The hand that writ it, for I love you so,
That I in your sweet thoughts would be forgot,
If thinking on me then should make you woe.
O! if, I say, you look upon this verse,
When I perhaps compounded am with clay,
Do not so much as my poor name rehearse;
But let your love even with my life decay;
Lest the wise world should look into your moan,
And mock you with me after I am gone.




I had always been kind of afraid to read these sonnets, because I thought I wouldn’t like them at all.  But I enjoyed listening to them being read by people who obviously knew what they were doing.  I took them in small chunks and so it took me a few weeks to listen to all of them, but at least I enjoyed them.

More information on all the sonnets you can find on William Shakespeare Sonnets.

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