Author Archive

‘Under the Udala Trees’ Chinelo Okparanta – #20 Books of Summer

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I might only be two books into my #20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge (hosted by Cathy at 746 Books), but I’m currently playing catch up on a week’s holiday in Italy and… Continue reading

‘Wild Strawberries’ and holiday reads.

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We’re two weeks into the #20 Books of Summer reading challenge, and so far I’ve only finished two books. I’m aware that I’ve already fallen behind but I’m not worried as tomorrow I’m… Continue reading

One should always match one’s reading matter with one’s shoes.

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It’s been a ridiculously busy week and I still have no computer – grr! So, rather than churning out a half-baked book review thick with irritating typos I thought I’d be brief and… Continue reading

Fancy a nose at my #20 Books of Summer?

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For the past couple of years I have followed with interest the lists and progress of fellow bloggers participating in the #20 Books of Summer reading challenge, hosted by Cathy over at 746… Continue reading

#AW80Books: Ruin and Redemption – Lisa McInerney’s ‘The Glorious Heresies’

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Having spent some time lolling about in a reading torpor, I had begun to suspect that I had either totally lost my ability to concentrate or, worse, fallen out of love with fiction.… Continue reading

Reading gone a bit flat? Put a Cork in it!

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I’m currently three books into Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan series. As gritty and vibrantly written as they are, I must admit, I dragged my feet the whole way through Those Who Leave and Those who… Continue reading

I’ve played my first joker and it’s not even for fiction!

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Five months into my 2017 challenge of buying no new books during the year, and I’ve just used my first of three emergency lifelines. As it turns out, it’s not even a work of… Continue reading

Library hauls save lives

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Despite having a gazillion unread books on my shelves, I’ve been feeling uninspired by the titles in my TBR pile. I think my 2017 book-buying ban is beginning to bite and it feels… Continue reading

View over the top of my book #22

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I’ve given up trying to write any sort of book review for today’s post as I’m currently nursing (furiously shouting at) a dying computer. As there was the greatest possibility that my frustration… Continue reading

There’s strange, and then there’s Murakami.

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I’ve been immersed in Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan novels in preparation for my trip to Italy in June. Fancying a brief palate cleanser between volumes 2 and 3, I picked up Haruki Murakami’s The Strange… Continue reading