Tag Archive: book review

Ain’t it always the way?

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  Just as my future begins to look bright, dictators start threatening to blow us all up. That’s one of the many aspects of Vera Brittain’s story that chimed with me when I… Continue reading

Raven Reviews

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As a serial poly-reader, I’ve reached a critical level of too-many-bits-of-paper-in-too-many-books, and so this week have been tackling some of the books in the daunting-yet-comforting stack by my bed. Some of these books… Continue reading

The Talented Patricia Highsmith #20 Books of Summer

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Due to my recent trip to Italy, a number of titles in my #20 books of Summer list are connected to Italy in some way. The Talented Mr Ripley is no exception, set mainly… Continue reading

Today will be different

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This isn’t the type of book I’m usually drawn to, but as the library allows us to live dangerously with no financial risk, I gave it a go, and am glad I did.… Continue reading

Playing the Fool in Lake Como with ‘Madame Solario’ #20BooksofSummer

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After reading Heavenali’s glowing review of Madame Solario (1956) by Gladys Huntington recently, I knew I would have to use another of my ‘jokers’ (I’m currently suffering a self-imposed, year-long, book-buying ban, but have a… Continue reading

If only I could hang wallpaper…

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So, I was in the library and I saw a book with a flapper on the front, standing in a room with greeny-blue wallpaper with a bird detail that I would like for… Continue reading

‘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

Reading Round-up (alfresco edition)

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It’s been an odd week, the awfulness of the news occasionally escaped with big doses of nostalgia and, well,  escapism. I’ve been redecorating, and just giving in and going with my previously-restrained urge… 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

#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