Rediscovering poetry…

As I’m well and truly on me journey of literary discovery now, I thought I’d try to get back some of the joy of poetry. I always used to enjoy it when in school, but as a lot of people do I suppose I’ve neglected it somewhat during the last 20 or so years. It really is a release for me. My favourite Poet is William Blake. So with this in mind I thought I would share one of my favourite poems of his. It’s not mind-blowing, but I feel it is stunning in its simplicity.

I should be making my reviewing début in the next day or so, so stay tuned.

The Fly by William Blake   (1757-1827)
Little fly,
Thy summer’s play
My thoughtless hand
Has brushed away.

Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?

For I dance
And drink and sing,
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life
And strength and breath,
And the want
Of thought is death,

Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live,
Or if I die.
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My 2012 reading journey so far…

I thought I’d let you see what I have read so far this year, it’s a bit late for detailed reviews on each so for now a simple score and quick thought twitter style on each, detailed reviews will start from what I’m reading now, If that makes sense!

Books read so far this year:-

Howard’s End Is On The Landing – Susan Hill *** (Nice idea, well executed)

Animal Farm – George Orwell **** (Sincere political statement)

The Comfort Of Strangers – Ian McEwan *** (Lovely prose, a little boring)

The Sense Of An Ending – Julian Barnes *** (Nice little novella)

Moab Is My Washpot – Stephen Fry ***** (My all time favourite biog & a lovely man)

The Fry Chronicles – Stephen Fry *** (A little self-deprecating at times, but very good)

Howard’s End – E. M. Forster **** (Excellent read, deserving of the classic tag)

Where Angels Fear To Tread – E. M. Forster *** (Nice Story)

Stop What Your Doing And Read This – Various Essays **** (Superb collection of essays)

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time – Mark Haddon **** (Fantastic)

Before I Go To Sleep – SJ Watson *** (Very good début novel)

The Sisters Brothers – Patrick Dewitt **** (Very good western noir)

Pigeon English – Stephen Kelman  *** (Very good, booker shortlisted)

First Love, Last Rites – Ian McEwan – *** (Good collection of stories, quite shocking)

In Between The Sheets – Ian McEwan ** (Quite dull, sets out to shock & fails)

The Poison Tree – Erin Kelly ***** (Absolutely Fabulous book, a new favourite author)

It’s hard to sum what you felt about a certain book in so few words but with time against me, this will have to do for now. Regular reviews will begin from now.

Favourite of the year so far has to be The Poison Tree by the lovely Erin Kelly. I was going to review it but there is a superb review on Simons site that you can read here. The only places Simon and myself differ is where he was gripped in places by the novel, it had me hooked from cover to cover. I’m currently devouring Erin’s second book The Sick Rose now and will report back with a review, my first review *gulp*.

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A very warm welcome and a note of thanks…

Browsers welcome anytime!

Well I made it. After months of dithering and stopping and starting I have finally got this blog together. Well, when I say together I hardly mean it’s finished, it’s anything but. Still, rather than dither continuously I thought I’d better get something ‘out there’. I’m still very much getting used to the techie bits of WordPress as a blogging platform but I’m sure it will come good given time.

As mentioned in the about me pages, this blog is somewhat of a journey for me, a reading journey, and I’d rather like to have you all along for the ride.

Before I end the post there are a few people who deserve a special mention, without whom this blog would have either been further delayed or shelved altogether. So huge thanks and bloggie love to Simon Savidge of the superb Savidgereads blog. This guy is one of the gods of the book blog, hugely respected by readers and book industry people alike. Simon along with friend Gav of gavreads can also be found on the excellent podcast The Readers.  Special mention must also go to Eva of the wonderfully titled A Striped Armchair, another superb book loving blog. Heartfelt thanks to both Simon and Eva for their assistance. I’d also like to mention another newbie book blogger who sent me a very helpful email just today. A Fiction Habit is a new book blog but as she suggested.

New bloggers need to stick together!!

So I’m glad you could join me for my reviews, bookish musings and anything else that I might want to mention along the way. I’ll always try to keep it bookish and if I do happen to stray far from the sheep I’m sure you’ll put me right.

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