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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne: Ultimate Survival Guide (+ free chapter summary cheat sheet)

Should you ever be forced to read this book, or feel some masochistic urge to, I’ve included a free chapter-by-chapter summary sheet in solidarity with my fellow sufferers. Also, to lessen the pain slightly, this list of funny 1* Goodreads reviews will remind you that you’re not alone in this epic, frustrating endeavour. May the odds be ever in your favour. Continue reading The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne: Ultimate Survival Guide (+ free chapter summary cheat sheet)

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The Handmaid’s Tale: Book vs. TV Series!

Anyone who has spent much time on this blog will know that I have a slight obsession with Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Fully aware of this enthusiasm, my parents bought me the Season 1 box set of the T.V. series as a present for finishing my exams.

So, putting any literary superiority complexes aside, here is a comparison to help you decide between the book and T.V. series… Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale: Book vs. TV Series!

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Reading Les Misérables by Victor Hugo: 9 Helpful Tips to Reach the Finish Line! (With Character List Download)

Les Misérables is completely different from any other book I have ever read. Unlike most modern books, Victor Hugo is not only concerned with the story immediately surrounding his characters, but with creating an accurate picture of the entire country and time period in which the story takes place. At times, this can make the book feel a little frustrating and long-winded.

However, there is space for a great deal of character development, complex relationships and evocative description in 1400 pages! Consequently, I became hypnotically immersed in the life of Jean Valjean and the atmosphere of post-revolutionary France. I felt a genuine sense of loss after turning the final pages.

Although it takes some motivation, I really do believe that Les Mis is a book worth reading. So with that in mind, here are my 9 tips to help you reach the finish line: Continue reading Reading Les Misérables by Victor Hugo: 9 Helpful Tips to Reach the Finish Line! (With Character List Download)

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20 Thoughts I Had While Reading Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant seems to be the buzzword of the bookish community recently! As with all books that have received such ebullient praise, I was a little apprehensive about reading it, but Gail Honeyman’s sparkling debut bestseller completely lived up to the hype.

The internet is already resplendent with reviews acclaiming its touching brilliance. So I thought I would take a personal approach to articulate the delightful experience I had in reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

Without further ado, here are my 20 thoughts… Continue reading 20 Thoughts I Had While Reading Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine