Christmas Spirit with Emily Dickinson

Well, we all had many reasons to complain this year. And I won’t say anything about it since complaining never did anyone any good. However, that is reason enough to get into the holiday spirit somewhat earlier. Festive reds, whites, and greens. The aroma of mulled wine, cinnamon, and nutmeg. A cozy armchair by theContinue reading “Christmas Spirit with Emily Dickinson”

Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

Notes from a Small Island is the book that made Bill Bryson famous. It starts with his arrival in Dover, where a string of bad luck begins. And as if that weren’t enough, his landlady is pretty nightmarish: “Over the next two days, Mrs. Smegma persecuted me mercilessly, while the others, I suspected, scouted evidence forContinue reading “Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson”

Bill Bryson’s writing advice

Happy Birthday, Mr. Bryson! Bill Bryson is most famous for his books on travel, although he also wrote about science, the English language, and other non-fiction topics. He gained widespread recognition after publishing his exploration of Great Britain: Notes from a Small Island. On World Book Day in 2003, British voters chose Notes from the Small Island as theContinue reading “Bill Bryson’s writing advice”

Circe by Madeline Miller

I was surprised because Madeline Miller carefully retold the myths since I was expecting her to change some things, add this, ignore that… But no, she didn’t contradict mythology as we know it. Yet, she crafted a compelling fairytale. And that’s the magic of great writers ‒ to take an existing story and breathe freshContinue reading “Circe by Madeline Miller”