Monday, March 2, 2015

What Am I Reading Monday - Brit Lit Edition 2.2.15

Congratulations to Hannahlily over at Full Metal Whimsy who will become one of the first U.S. readers {in my estimation - don't quote me on this!} to get her hands on a copy of Arsenic for Tea by my author idol Robin Stevens!

Unfortunately I did not get to read any new MG or YA Brit Lit this past week, {although I did finish the Call the Midwife trilogy.  If you have not read these memoirs by Jennifer Worth you absolutely must.  Bleak, astonishing, wonderful, magical, spiritual all at once.}

Heart-breaking and heart-warming all at once.
I hope to be back on track this week with Jonathan Stroud's The Whispering Skull.  I raved about the first book in the series, so I am very much looking forward to the second.

I'm guessing this will be as spine-tingling as the first!
Any Brit Lit you'd recommend this week?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday Expressions: What?

No, really what?


No, what?

This week's Sunday Expression was inspired by Sophie Brookover who after listening to a few Jeeves & Wooster audiobooks increased her British vocabulary impressively and
exponentially.  This tweet had me particularly intrigued...

So, what is what?

Sophie's theory is that it emphasizes the speaker's point and is used to "encourage agreement with an expectation of a response like 'quite so', 'indeed', or "I jolly well agree!'".

I jolly well agree and feel like it's similar to the Hindi "accha" which can be used in a variety of situations and for different meanings.

Ah, the mystery of British expressions, what?

Do you use what? and when, what?

And thank you, Sophie, for your simply dashing use of British expressions.