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Building Worlds and Filling Them With Magic

We’re officially past the halfway mark of the ‘12 Meses, 12 Libros‘ challenge, and I’m pleased to say I’ve stayed more or less on schedule, which I honestly did not expect to be able to do. Do yourselves a favour, and pick up a copy here. This month’s theme was reading a book based on …

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As you’ll recall from my 6 previous Reading Nook posts, I’m doing the ’12 Meses, 12 Libros’ Challenge. This month’s topic was a book from a genre I’d never read before, I chose travel, and went with the #1 recommendation from people who have opinions: The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho.

Continuing with my ’12 Meses 12 libros’ challenge, this month I read Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw. If that sounds familiar to you, you may recognise it by the name of the musical based on it–My Fair Lady. So, if you’re not a fan of musical theatre, skip this post, because there will be gifs.

Treasure Island is a classic for a reason. It has so much: high seas adventure, salty sailor talk, sailing ship vocabulary, a desert island, buried treasure, even a talking parrot. SO MANY pirate story tropes come from this book, the creativity boggles the mind. You all know Long John Silver already, the sea cook with the peg leg who is charismatic, charming, and treacherous. There’s also the good doctor, the hot-headed country squire, and the innocent widowed-innkeeper’s-son-turned-cabin-boy-in-search-of-adventure, Jim Hawkins.

Film Reviews After I finished reading and analysing the books, I decided to have a little movie marathon to see how they film adaptations compared. I made cocktails for my mother, my sister, and myself, and we sat down to watch. Alice in Wonderland (1951) Having finally read the book, I must say that the …

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The To Be Read Stack is every avid reader’s best friend and mortal nemesis in equal measure. We love that there’s always a new story to explore right at our fingertips, but…the thing is just so damn high! Seriously! It’s like friggin’ Everest! I feel like I need gear for it!   So that’s what …

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