‘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

Whiskers on roses and mittens on kittens

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Oh lordy, what a week. It’s been hard to really get into a book for long with all the sad news coverage, political propaganda, and the tangerine twonk’s antics across the pond. However,… 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

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