REVIEW: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (1967)

Publisher: Penguin Classics
Format: Paperback
Original Publication Date: 1967

Length: 412 pages
Author: Goodreads

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Synopsis from Goodreads: One Spring afternoon the Devil, trailing fire and chaos in his wake, weaves himself out of the shadows and into Moscow in Bulgakov’s fantastical, funny and frightening satire of Soviet life. Brimming with magic and incident, it is full of imaginary, historical, terrifying and wonderful characters, from witches poets and Biblical tyrants to the beautiful, courageous Margarita, who will do anything to save the imprisoned writer she loves. Written in secret during the darkest days of Stalin’s reign, when The Master and Margarita was finally published it became an overnight literary phenomenon, signalling artistic freedom for Russians everywhere.

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REVIEW: The High Crusade by Poul Anderson (1960)

The High Crusade by Poul Anderson

Publisher: Baen Books
Format: Kindle Edition
Publication Date: 1960
Length: 192 pages (3 hours and 27 minutes)
Author: Goodreads 

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Synopsis via GoodreadsIn the year of grace 1345, as Sir Roger Baron de Tourneville is gathering an army to join King Edward III in the war against France, a most astonishing event occurs: a huge silver ship descends through the sky and lands in a pasture beside the little village of Ansby in northeastern Lincolnshire. The Wersgorix, whose scouting ship it is, are quite expert at taking over planets, and having determined from orbit that this one was suitable, they initiate standard world-conquering procedure. Ah, but this time it’s no mere primitives the Wersgorix seek to enslave; they’ve launched their invasion against free Englishmen! In the end, only one alien is left alive; and Sir Roger’s grand vision is born. He intends for the creature to fly the ship first to France to aid his King, then on to the Holy Land to vanquish the infidel. Unfortunately, he has not allowed for the treachery of the alien pilot, who instead takes the craft to his home planet, where, he thinks, these upstart barbarians will have no choice but to surrender. But that knavish alien little understands the indomitable will and clever resourcefulness of Englishmen, no matter how great the odds against them. . .

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September Wrap-Up: Sometimes Life Gets in the Way of Blogging (and that’s ok)

You know who has been absolutely terrible at sticking with her blog schedule this month? Me. To be transparent, I have been hit with a crippling bout of insomnia that has kept me up most nights and resulted in the past week feeling like a bit of a blur. My brain seems keen to throw an anxiety party every morning at about 1 AM and I’m on the top of the VIP guest list. Like all things, this too shall pass, but in the meantime, it forced me to put my blog a bit lower on my priority list for the past week. Things I’ve been doing to help: cutting back on caffeine and exercising. Hopefully, I’ll be good as new soon!

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Book Chat: Why Autumn is the Best Season for Reading

First of all: happy first day of Autumn!

I know I’m not alone in loving Autumn more than every other season, especially when curling up with a good book. So to celebrate the first day of Autumn I wanted to go over my favourite things about the season and why they make for the best reading conditions. This entire list makes me sound like a spoiled princess but I’m a bit obsessed with making my environment as comfortable as possible, despite current stresses and anxieties. This is probably the most ‘basic’ post I’ll ever write and I’m not sorry at all because it’s been a ton of fun to put together! You have to enjoy the little things in life sometimes. 🙂

So here’s my list of why Autumn is the best season of all for reading!

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So… I got married in Las Vegas!

And that’s why I went on holiday for the past couple weeks. Surprise!

And no, it wasn’t spontaneous (though I love a good spontaneous wedding story!). We’ve been planning this for a few months now and kept it fairly hush-hush since it’s more fun that way. My husband (!) and I were married on 8 September at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino with our parents, siblings, and my best friend who was able to fly out for a few days to celebrate. It was intimate and beautiful and easily the best day of our lives. And because we love Vegas, we stayed at the Bellagio for 10 days with a fantastic view of the amazing fountains and stunning Nevada mountains. Our families stayed as well which was wonderful since we’re from different countries (the UK and Canada) and our families don’t normally get to spend very much time together.

It was so much fun and I wanted to share it with all of you! We’re living in Canada for a few months while we get the pesky visa situation sorted, so I’ll be on Canada-time for a little bit! 🙂

And now, back to our regularly scheduled bookish programming! x