12 Days of Bookmas – Goya

Title: Goya Author: Pocket Library of Great Art Genre: Art History Read it if: You want to see Goya’s paintings other than “Saturn Devouring His Son”   I took an art history course in my first year of university. I chose it because it looked fun, but also because it looked easy. I’d always had …

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12 Days of Bookmas – A Room of One’s Own

Title: A Room of One’s Own Author: Virginia Woolf Genre: Essay/Fiction Read it if: You want a reminder of how far we’ve come “Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” A Room of One’s Own is …

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12 Days of Bookmas – Eating Fire

Title: Eating Fire Author: Margaret Atwood Genre: Poetry Collection Read it if: You want to read something heart-wrenchingly beautiful   Strangely enough, I didn’t start seriously reading poetry until I was in my early twenties, but when I did, I read with voracity. The first poetry book I ever bought myself was Atwood’s The Door …

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12 Days of Bookmas – The Haunting of Hill House

Title: The Haunting of Hill House Author: Shirley Jackson Genre: Horror Read it if: You want a slow descent into madness “No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream.” I used to have a hard time answering the …

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12 Days of Bookmas – The Garden of Eden

Title: The Garden of Eden Author: Ernest Hemingway Genre: Realist fiction Read it if: You want a romance that's not very romantic “You’ll ache. And you’re going to love it. It will crush you. And you’re still going to love all of it. Doesn’t it sound lovely beyond belief?” I get that not everyone is …

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12 Days of Bookmas – The Year of the Flood

Title: The Year of the Flood Author: Margaret Atwood Genre: Dystopian fiction Read it if: You need an escape from the mundane “I could see how you could do extreme things for the person you loved. Adam One said that when you loved a person, that love might not always get returned the way you …

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12 Days of Bookmas – Burning Your Boats

Title: Burning Your Boats Author: Angela Carter Genre: Short stories Read it if: You like dreamy, alluring, unnatural narratives “The woods enclose. You step between fir trees and then you are no longer in open air; the woods swallow you up.” Angela Carter’s Burning Your Boats is her entire collection of short stories. That means …

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