Currently reading: Driven by Kelley Armstrong
The Grishaverse: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
I’m in self isolation for a week so I guess I’m getting a lot of reading done
Unpopular opinion: Pride and Prejudice is overrated and Darcy is literally the worst
Currently reading the newest book in the Twisted Tales series from Disney. This one is based on Peter Pan and follows Wendy. I’m enjoying it so far
Finally finished a book after a month of being in a reading slump. I’d read Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix when I was in middle school and remember enjoying it then. It was available to check out from my library as an ebook and it took me in total an hour or two to read. Sad thing is none of the sequels in the series are available as an ebook.
(23 June 1889 – 5 March 1966)
One of the most significant Soviet Russian poets of the 20th century. She was shortlisted for the Nobel Prize in 1965 and received second-most (three) nominations for the award the following year.
Akhmatova’s work ranges from short lyric poems to intricately structured cycles, such as Requiem (1935–40), her tragic masterpiece about the Stalinist terror. Her style, characterised by its economy and emotional restraint, was strikingly original and distinctive to her contemporaries. The strong and clear leading female voice struck a new chord in Russian poetry. Her writing can be said to fall into two periods – the early work (1912–25) and her later work (from around 1936 until her death), divided by a decade of reduced literary output. Her work was condemned and censored by Stalinist authorities, and she is notable for choosing not to emigrate and remaining in the Soviet Union, acting as witness to the events around her. Her perennial themes include meditations on time and memory, and the difficulties of living and writing in the shadow of Stalinism. (Wikipedia)
From our stacks: 1. Cover detail from The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova. Updated & Expanded Edition. Translated by Judith Hemschemeyer. Edited by Roberta Reeder. Boston: Zephyr Press, Edinburgh: Canongate Press, 1994. 2. Excerpt from poem “In 1940″ from Way of All the Earth. Anna Akhmatova. Translated by D. M. Thomas. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1979.