Whilst meandering through the book blogger 'verse I found this great weekly writing prompt called Top 5 Wednesday (goodreads group here) and this week I thought I'd take part because the theme is Favourite Unlikeable Protagonists. And god help me, I enjoy a good unlikeable protagonist. OK, counting down then: 5. Agatha Raisin from M. … Continue reading Top 5 Wednesday: Unlikeable Protagonists
I was in Rome last week! Mostly I went around looking at Classics/Roman related things, but on Thursday I went to Galleria Borghese, which is this insanely beautiful gallery that houses mostly baroque art, set in an enormous park. They only let you stay inside for two hours and it's one floor of sculpture and … Continue reading Sketch: Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne
(goodreads) I don't feel 100% qualified to opine on this book, just because my experience was definitely affected by my choice to read it in the original language. This meant it took a lot longer to read and I have stopped and started a few times over the last few weeks. I also feel like … Continue reading Book Review: L’Amica Geniale by Elena Ferrante
(Goodreads) As part of my venturing off into the non-fiction section I picked up a biography of Catherine the Great. My hunch that reading biography would be closest to the fiction books I am used to proved correct: although at over 600 pages it's hardly a light read, I became intrigued by Catherine as a … Continue reading Book Review: Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
Goodreads This book is a fantastic coming of age novel, following a teen called Alex, as they take a road trip with their mother. The book examines Alex and Alex's mum as full, flawed human beings, and shows Alex growing up, becoming independent, and growing to understand their mum as a person with a past … Continue reading Book Review: The Lauras by Sara Taylor
This week's tumblr crosspost, a Garth Nix fanart - of the scene in Sabriel where Sabriel crashes the paperwing 🙂 I think this is probably still the best watercolour painting I've done!
So I have no idea what title to give this picture. 'Girl on a balcony?' 'Cityscape'? 'Man lurks'? BUT I just finished it yesterday and I'm really proud of the whole composition and the fact that this was all drawn without photo references and I filled in the background and everything ^_^ I'm pretty sure … Continue reading Sketch Friday: Girl on a Balcony