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

Happy 500th Anniversary, Marty!

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This year is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s outdoor wallpapering activities. We now know he probably glued his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, which makes far more sense than nailing,… 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

Mothering Shmunday

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Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift is a good example of a book I needed to be in the right mood for. According to the front cover, A masterpiece said the Guardian. Meh, says… 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

View over the top of Goethe’s book

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Our house is currently running on adrenaline, long teenage sighs, and occasional bouts of panic. My daughter is in the middle of her exams, the results of which will decide whether she can… 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

She came from Russia, she had a thirst for revolution…

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First up, I feel bad saying bad things about novels (unless the author is dead, and especially if the author is Thomas Hardy, then I’m more than happy). Simon Sebag Montefiore has never… 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

I never thought I’d need to do homework to get through a novel. It’s a good job I like history.

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I remember people complaining about Wolf Hall, saying it was hard to read. However, I’ve read a lot of Tudor non-fiction, watched all the documentaries with both the bright young faces of BBC… Continue reading