Manga Classics: Great Expectations.


Great Expectations by Charles Dickens has long been a favorite of mine so when I noticed a Manga edition available on Netgalley, I had to pick it up and check it out. This edition, written and illustrated by Stacy King, Crystal S. Chan and Nokman Poon, as well as Charles Dickens himself of course, is a lovely introduction to classic literature for the uninitiated. The illustrations have a simplicity to them which lends an authenticity to the subject matter and the monochrome colour scheme is reminiscent of publications of the era.

Great Expectations is a rag-to-riches story following the life of an orphan named Pip who comes into money from a mysterious benefactor. I won’t go into great detail about the actual storyline here as I encourage everyone to go and read it for themselves! Many people can feel daunted about reading classics however so this edition offers a easier approach. By necessity, it only offers the bare bones of the story but it’s enough to get a taste for Dickens’ writing.

I rated this book 4/5 as while I believe it is very good, I did miss the nuance and the detail which comes from reading the original. In saying that, I’d happily recommend this book to anyone.

I should also mention that as this in a Manga edition it is read from back to front and right to left. This was my first time reading in this format but it was easy to get the hang of and didn’t detract from the experience at all.


My personal NaNoWriMo goals.

It is the first of November and that can mean just one thing… National Novel Writing Month is upon us. The idea is to write a certain amount every day to get your novel finished… or at least your first draft anyway. I don’t have a novel in the works. I don’t have any ideas for a novel, at least not at the moment anyway. But I want to be a writer and the only way to do that is to write.

So here’s my plan: every day in November, I want to write something. This could be reviews, college essays, random blog posts or anything really. Once I do it every day to get myself into the habit and make it a little less daunting.

So who’s with me? No scary word count or unrealistic goals – just write a little something everyday for a month.


Remembering Jane Austen

Today marks 200 years since Jane Austen died. Having been a huge fan of Jane Austen since my early teens, it seemed fitting that my first proper blog post should commemorate this fantastic author. I had the pleasure of attending Remembering Jane Austen in the Teacher’s Club, Parnell Sq., Dublin last Sunday and thought I would share the experience with you here today.

Organised and run by the lovely Aislinn Ní Uallacháin, Remembering Jane Austen was a celebration of all things Jane, from information on her life and works to music from the period in which she lived.

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Musical entertainment was provided by The Northangers with 3 songs played focusing on the themes of the military and love. This was an interesting performance as I for one had not had much knowledge of the music of that era before.

Following on from this, we were treated to excerpts from Pride and Prejudice performed by members of the Moat Club based in Naas. Personally, I feel this segment was not nearly long enough as the acting was fantastic, especially Mr. Collins who was exactly as I had always imagined him. If these guys decided to tour with their production they’d definitely have an audience member right here!

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Following readings of Jane Austen’s Letters, the Irish Historical Costumers treated us to a demonstration of the clothing which would have been worn in the period before concluding with a performance of some popular dances of the era. This was definitely a highpoint of the day with the dancers choosing victims (or volunteers if you prefer!) from the audience to participate in the dancing! More information on this group can be found at

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An event to remember, Remembering Jane Austen was a fantastic day out and I can’t praise Aislinn enough for putting it all together. Head over to Jane Austen Ireland for more information on this event and the participators.

Also, for all you Austen fans, Limerick author Rose Servitova’s new book The Longbourn Letters is available for free on Kindle today in memory of the inspiring writer. Click on the following link to avail of this offer: The Longbourn Letters

*All photographs taken by Noel Aungier and used with the permission of Jane Austen Ireland.



Welcome to Bookish Meanderings!

For the last good long while, I’ve been thinking about getting back into blogging. The old anxieties raised their ugly heads – what would I write about: would I focus solely on book reviews like last time or change it up and do something completely different? How often should I post? What if nobody follows me? In the end, I decided  to throw away those anxieties. This is my blog for whatever I decide to post. While the majority may well be book related, there may end up being a multitude of other topics also. Who knows?

So welcome and I hope you enjoy what is to come.