The Love Story of W.B. Yeats and Maud Gonne Review

The Love Story of W.B. Yeats and Maud GonneTitle: The Love Story of W.B. Yeats and Maud Gonne

Author: Margery Brady

Genre: Nonfiction

Series: n/a

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

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Synopsis: Set in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this romantic tale unfolds against a background of political unrest and tenant agitation in Ireland. The poet William Butler Yeats in a central figure in the Irish literary revival, while Maud Gonne, a political activist, is passionately involved in the struggle for Irish independence. But this is not a dissertation about Yeats’ work, nor is it about the history of the day or the political involvements of Maud Gonne. It is a love story, containing some of the most poignant poems ever written.

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Review:  First of all, how pretty is this book? Very!

This book chronicles the relationship between W.B. Yeats and the inspiration behind many of his poems, Maud Gonne. I wouldn’t go as far as to call their story a love story because it seems to be pretty one-sided but it’s a very interesting story.

I learnt a lot about these fascinating people and the turbulent time in Irish history that they lived in.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository 

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Interesting Articles from the Booksphere

9 New Books Editors Have on Their Reading Lists

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Do you have a million books on your to-be-read list, but are unsure where to start? Let us make it easy (or at least easier) for you. Three of our BookBub editors — ZanHannah, and Diana — shared recent releases they’re excited about, from nail-biting bestsellers to humorous book club suggestions. Check out our list of editor recommendations below, complete with publishers’ descriptions. – Bookbub

8 of the Best Cocktails from Classic Literature

As owners of the cocktail institution, Death & Co and authors of the New York Times bestselling book of the same name and our new book, Cocktail Codex, we make and study cocktails for a living. Therefore, it is no surprise that we have a great appreciation for writers who use cocktails as a means for creating character traits or for setting a scene.

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Why We Need More Literature About Intersectionality and Young Women

Two anthologies provide space to girls and women to articulate the realities of lives where “femaleness” is supposed to be the preeminent part of one’s identity. In the case of Can We All Be Feminists?, women write of how assumptions about a preeminent need to overcome misogyny contributes to other forms of oppression, while in Girls Write Now, girls growing up in the new millennium write their observations of first experiences that help to define who they are. –  LORRAINE BERRY, Signature

18 Short Classics You Can Read in One Sitting

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Many think of classic novels as long, ponderous texts, but that’s not always the case! There are many famous classics that are actually quite short. If you’re looking for a thought-provoking read, check out this list of short classics you can read in one sitting. Arranged from shortest to longest, these books pack a punch in 200 pages or less. – Elisabeth Delp, Bookbub

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Stationery Gifts for Readers

Christmas shopping can be tricky. It’s hard to know what people really want. If who you’re buying for is a reader you might think a book but what book! There’s a good chance they’ve already read it. If they like to annotate then stationery is always required. I feel like I’m always buying index tabs so a gift of a bunch of those would make me very happy. A gift hamper made up of all these items would make a wonderful present as well.

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Magnifying Glass

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These are a must (and a godsend) for anyone who likes to annotate their books. I personally love to annotate my books while reading. It’s a more active way of reading and I use these guys to mark the pages with interesting sentences or themes I want to keep track of or investigate further.

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And if you’re taking notes on what you’re reading or tracking your reading you need pens. This set has a range of colours perfect for making notes on different topics/themes and your TBR and read lists.

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To go a step further your annotating you can use highlighters to highlight sentences or passages in your books. The different colours can be used for different themes in the book such as yellow for gender themes, red for conflict, purple for character development or however you like to do it.

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And of course, when you’re marking all these points in your books you need to make notes on them or you might like to track your reading in a journal instead of online. These journals from Paperblanks are so beautiful and extremely sturdy. Once your journal is full you can add it to your shelves and it will add to the aesthetic.

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Are you even really a reader if you don’t own a stack of bookmarks? I’m sure a lot of us have a pile of those Book Depository ones but it’s nice to have a collection of fancy ones too. This collection of handmade carved natural wood bookmarks is just so beautiful. They would really make a stunning gift for any book lover.

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There’s still time to avail of Amazon’s Audible offer until December 14th.  Join Audible for £3.99/month for the first four months instead of the usual £7.99/month.

I think this is such an amazing offer! Check it out here.

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With your Audible membership, you get a monthly credit that can be used to get any audiobook no matter what length or price AND you get to keep the book for life even if you cancel your membership.

Top 5 Shows on Amazon Prime Video

Hello people! For today’s blogmas post I decided to chat about my 5 favourite shows on Amazon Prime Video. I’ve been watching a lot of Prime Video lately because they have every season of Buffy (which is not on Netflix in Ireland) and they have some great original content as well.

When you sign up to Prime Video you get a 30-day free trial and it is £7.99 a month after that. Sign up here.

The Man in the High Castle

We started watching this show a few years ago and got bored after about episode 3 and dropped it. We started watching it again last year and fell in love with the show. We picked it up again where we stopped in case we lost interest again so I can’t say if we were just moody the first time around but I wish we had kept going, it is fantastic.

American Gods

This show is kind of crazy but it’s so good and it is stunning. Fantastic effects and a very strange and interesting story.

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LOVE ❤❤❤ I would love this show for the theme song alone but the whole lot is amazing. It does focus more on romance but there is a lot of history and drama in it too.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

It’s a classic! I am really enjoying reliving my youth watching this show. Each season brings back memories of where my life was at the time it was on TV.

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

I went into this show completely blind. I saw the 1950’s style clothes and wanted to check it out. It’s hilarious, I love it! A woman trying to make it as a comedian in the 50’s isn’t something you think about very often but it makes for very entertaining TV.

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Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day – Seanan McGuire Review

Dusk or Dark or Dawn or DayTitle: Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day

Author: Seanan McGuire

Genre: Paranormal

Series: n/a

Goodreads Rating: 3.83/5

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Synopsis: When her sister Patty died, Jenna blamed herself. When Jenna died, she blamed herself for that, too. Unfortunately, Jenna died too soon. Living or dead, every soul is promised a certain amount of time, and when Jenna passed she found a heavy debt of time in her record. Unwilling to simply steal that time from the living, Jenna earns every day she leeches with volunteer work at a suicide prevention hotline.

But something has come for the ghosts of New York, something beyond reason, beyond death, beyond hope; something that can bind ghosts to mirrors and make them do its bidding. Only Jenna stands in its way.

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What I thought about the book: Loved this!!! Can Seanan McGuire do any wrong?! Her books are so good! I just wish there was more of this world to come. It was so interesting and had a fair amount of world-building despite its length and the fact that it’s standalone.

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My Rating: ★★★★★

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository 

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