15 Bookish Facts About Me

by Megan Annie Scott  1. Contrary to my co-blogger, I'm not a Harry Potter fan. I know - I enjoyed the books but it's just not my cup of tea I'm afraid. However, the rest of my family are complete potterheads, making me something of a squib. Needless to say, I know that I would … Continue reading 15 Bookish Facts About Me

A Very Harry Christmas: Ravenclaw Edition

Welcome to Lemonade and Literature- and the second of four Harry Potter gift guides to help you find that perfect gift for your friends this Christmas. No matter what house they have been sorted into, you will be able to find something for them in our A Very Harry Christmas series. For this installment, we have put together the … Continue reading A Very Harry Christmas: Ravenclaw Edition

A Very Harry Christmas: Hufflepuff Edition

Welcome to Lemonade and Literature- and the first of four Harry Potter gift guides to help you find that perfect gift for your friends this Christmas. No matter what house they have been sorted into, you will be able to find something for them in our A Very Harry Christmas series. For the first instalment, we have put together … Continue reading A Very Harry Christmas: Hufflepuff Edition

The Genius of Humans of New York: or, Why Everyone’s Story Matters

Anyone familiar with Facebook is also likely familiar with the popular photoblog, Humans of New York. It is a relatively simple idea- the creators take a picture of somebody on the streets of New York City, and ask them questions- which results in the excerpt that accompanies their photograph, which can be anything from a … Continue reading The Genius of Humans of New York: or, Why Everyone’s Story Matters

“Only Amnesiacs Have No Regrets”- Jean-Michel Guenassia’s The Incorrigible Optimists Club

"Only amnesiacs have no regrets" is perhaps one of the most profound statements in Jean-Michel Guenassia's The Incorrigible Optimists Club. It holds particular relevance with the novel itself, as the club is made up of members who fled from behind the iron curtain, leaving jobs, wives and children behind them for the sake of their lives and … Continue reading “Only Amnesiacs Have No Regrets”- Jean-Michel Guenassia’s The Incorrigible Optimists Club

Trains of Thought: or, How to Find Writing Inspiration on Public Transport

For anyone who has ever travelled on trains in Britain recently, it's quite difficult to see how inspiration for one of the most popular series of our time came while J K Rowling was sat on one. Was she not distracted by the screaming children? Or more concerned about whether or not she was on … Continue reading Trains of Thought: or, How to Find Writing Inspiration on Public Transport

“Board my body up. I’m not for loving. Anymore”- Love is a Half-Formed Thing

Through studying Irish fiction, I finally got around to reading Eimear McBride's A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing. After getting past the original difficulty with McBride's stream-of-consciousness narrative, what I found was a particularly disturbing novel that has stuck with me for some time. McBride's next novel, The Lesser Bohemians, whilst slightly less difficult to read (in no … Continue reading “Board my body up. I’m not for loving. Anymore”- Love is a Half-Formed Thing

“Men went mad and were rewarded with medals”- Why Yossarian Wasn’t Crazy

  “Who's they?" He wanted to know. "Who, specifically, do you think is trying to murder you?" "Every one of them," Yossarian told him. "Every one of whom?" "Every one of whom do you think?" "I haven't any idea." "Then how do you know they aren't?" When you think about books about war, what comes … Continue reading “Men went mad and were rewarded with medals”- Why Yossarian Wasn’t Crazy