I may have over-commited myself when planning my 2014 reading challenges!I very nearly threw my hands up in despair last week when I started spotting 2015 challenges. I was adamant - NO! Not again.But then I spotted Behold the Stars British Reading Challenge & Adam's TBR Challenge...and I started wondering....Did I really do so badly … Continue reading 2015 – Challenges – Will I? Or Won’t I?
Sometimes it's hard for a book to live up to your own high expectations.The Lives of Others screamed 'love me' from the start.I love Indian literature & history.The purple cover with dragonflies was designed to appeal to me.The first few pages are taken up with a family tree and map - & I love a … Continue reading The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee
I've read so many varied reviews of Olive Kitteridge over the years, that I knew that this was probably going to be a 'love it or hate it' kind of book. Given my enjoyment of Strout's The Burgess Boys, I was expecting to love it. Here was another story with all my favourite themes - … Continue reading Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
I can't believe I've let this gem of a book languish on my TBR pile for two years.Parisians is a wonderfully rich, engaging, engrossing stroll through the lesser known stories that populate the history of Paris.I say stroll deliberately.Robb has chosen stories that highlight the streets and buildings of Paris.We see a young Napoleon visiting … Continue reading Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris by Graham Robb
I'm a little in love with the amazing Maisie Dobbs.She's smart, thoughtful & reserved. She's a flawed character with a tragic past. She's strong, determined and above all, honest.Integrity, honour and justice are traits that she tries to live by and work with.Which can be challenging when you're a private investigator asked to check into … Continue reading Elegy For Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear
Yasunari Kawabata won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968 "for his narrative mastery, which with great sensibility expresses the essence of the Japanese mind" He was born in 1899 in Osaka, Japan and died April 1972. His work has been described as "lyrical, subtly-shaded prose" by Wikipedia. "The novel may be interpreted as a meditation … Continue reading The Sound of the Mountain by Yasunari Kawabata
Regular viewers of my blog may have noticed that I've been playing around with backgrounds and layout lately.When I was doing my 2013 retrospectives, I realised that in July of this year, I will celebrate my 5 years of blogging anniversary.It seemed like the right time to refresh the way my blog looks.If I could … Continue reading The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
It's that time of year - when the New Year challenge call goes out to those of us in blogger land. Will we, or won't we join up? How many challenges? Will I keep to my plan? Or is simply something else to fail at? So far I've avoided yearly challenges in my 5 years … Continue reading 2014 Challenges