What would be View Over The Top Of My Book #21 if I hadn’t have forgotten my book!

by

Argh! The humanity! Somewhere to sit – check. Something to drink – check. Something to eat – check. Something to read – STILL ON THE KITCHEN SURFACE 60 MILES AWAY. Yesterday we went… Continue reading

Voices and Balconies – the last of the Nordic Noir.

by

It’s the time of the year when, on opening the back door to let the sunshine in, it’s not uncommon to find a stray sheep or two grazing on our lawn. Spring has… Continue reading

Sign me up!

by

Ahh, time travel, that really would be living the dream. I get the feeling Connie Willis was thinking that when the idea for To Say Nothing of the Dog came into her mind.… Continue reading

Life after books – what do you do?

by

I’ve recently started working as a part-time warden in a homeless hostel. When it’s quiet, I can’t really read – tempting a prospect as that might be, as I have to keep half… Continue reading

Returned Unfinished

by

I used to make it a point of principle that I finished every book I started. It seemed wrong to not see books through to the bitter, boring, heavy or miserable end. Reading… Continue reading

‘Rupture’ by Ragnar Jonasson – Watch out, it’s contagious!

by

If you’ve read my reviews of Snow Blind, Night Blind and Black Out you’ll know that if anything was going to test my book-buying ban, Rupture (translated by Quentin Bates), the latest edition of Ragnar Jónasson’s… Continue reading

‘I want (vahnt) to be alone.’

by

I think anyone who wears tippy-tippy-clicky-clacky heels and works in a building with  hard floors should be smeared in jam and given a hat made out of a wasps’ nest. That’ll make them… Continue reading

Knausgaard vs Battenberg: it’s too close to call.

by

It was my birthday last week, and as well as having a fabulous time and being spoiled rotten, some of my presents were books – woohoo! The best thing about being bought books… Continue reading

Personally, I’m more the shape of a butternut squash.

by

I want you to read The Reader on the 6:27, and so this is review without spoilers. Therefore, it’s also a review that’s not likely to make much sense, but I’m hoping it will… Continue reading

#AW80Books – When half of a quiet American isn’t quite enough

by

I’ve been meaning to break my Graham Greene duck for a long time so I was delighted when The Quiet American was picked as my bookgroup’s book choice for last month. Also, it gives… Continue reading