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?
Eugénie Grandet is part of Balzac's much larger collection of works, La Comedie humaine, conceived as a realistic exploration of the Restoration & July Monarchy periods (1814-1848) .There were 91 completed and 46 uncompleted novels & essays in the collection all told.Eugénie was first published in 1833. My edition was translated by Katherine Prescott Wormeley.Balzac … Continue reading Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac
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 - belonging, yearning … Continue reading Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
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
I wish these books had been around when I was a younger reader.They tick all my historical fiction/fictionalised history boxes beautifully.Elizabeth: A Tudor Princess's Diary 1544 is my first dip into The Royal Story series and I can't recommend them highly enough for young lovers of history.It's an easy to read diary format full of … Continue reading My Royal Story: Elizabeth by Kathryn Lasky
I've read The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns by John Green previously and thoroughly enjoyed both of them. So I was expecting quite a lot from An Abundance of Katherines.I was, therefore, disappointed when it didn't 'grab' me straight off.I found Colin annoying more than endearing and the dialogue with his friend, Hassan … Continue reading An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
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 of blogging.I … Continue reading 2014 Challenges