The Girl From the Train – Irma Joubert

I had to give this book a fairly low rating. It wasn’t the subject matter which was a problem, although the story itself was one which we have read many times before. When I read the blurb, I was really curious as Gretl, the main character, was the daughter of a Nazi soldier rather than a Jewish girl, and therefore I thought perhaps this book might provide a different angle on the experience of a... read more

The Humans – Matt Haig

One morning, a naked man is arrested walking across the carefully cut grass at one of the university colleges in Cambridge. He seems completely unaware of why anyone is paying any particular attention to him. On the surface, this man is Dr Andrew Martin, a mathematician who has just solved the Riemann Hypothesis. But actually, Martin is dead, and the man is actually an alien who has assumed his shape and... read more

436 – Dracula by Bram Stoker

I read this for the Swap-Bot Bookclub #1. This is what I wrote about it to my partner, slightly edited: I was so glad to get an excuse to read this book. I have had a copy for years but I had never read it and sometimes it takes something like a book club to make you read something. Dracula is the story of Count Dracula, a Vampire from Transylvania who goes to London to work his diabolical evil on the... read more

From Emily Bronte to Hilary Mantel

  I’ll do a small comment on each of the four books that I read in April. I am updating more now on Goodreads although I am not doing full reviews. I am involved in a Reading Challenge group over there as well so that will hopefully ramp my reading up somewhat. (440) Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte Unlike half of the rest of the world, I didn’t actually like Wuthering Heights.... read more

Another Update on Books

Once again, time runs away with me and my book reviewing is non-existent. I have, however, joined a site called swap-bot recently (and have become quite addicted to it) which does feed my love of crafty type things, but there are also quite a few book type swaps there, most which require at least some commentary about books which you have read. That will give me an excuse to reproduce those here in this... read more

445 – True Grit by Charles Portis

I picked up this book as I had to recently (and regretfully) leave the reading group I had been a member of for many years due to the impossibility of distance, so I thought I would try and online one instead. As a long time reader and listener of The Guardian and its Book blog/Saturday review/podcast, I tried the online Reading Group. Unfortunately, I need to read a bit quicker in order to get fully... read more

Reading List: An Update

It has been a very long time between posts. In the time since I last wrote I have had a beautiful baby boy who is about to turn 1. I adore him and I adore being a Mum and, as I thought, I still read! In fact, although my reading time has been reduced, I have made it my mission to continue to read a little every day and I am also getting immense pleasure in reading to my little one. I can’t wait until... read more

The Fifth Woman – Henning Mankell – 499

I have been progressively working my way through the entire Inspector Wallander series and the more I read, the more I like them. I have to admit I wasn’t as thrilled with the first one as I thought I would be, but I am really glad I persevered. The second was fabulous, the third even better and the fourth was gripping. This one is the sixth book (I have the fifth – Sidetracked – on order... read more

Cat and Mouse – James Patterson – 500

In the past year, although I haven’t been keeping the blog, I have certainly been reading. Just from my written scribblings, I would estimate I have probably read around 70 books since I last wrote here. I have been going back and trying to record as many as I can remember on Librarything, but I think I accept that there is no way that I can remember them all. Indeed, a couple of times I have started... read more

My Heart is Breaking through the Demise of my Beloved Book

I haven’t written here for a while. It’s not because I haven’t been reading – I have. In fact, I have read as much, if not more than usual but I haven’t found the heart to write about it. But I have returned to the blog because there are several things which are happening at the moment which I feel so passionately about that it hurts. The first is the loss of the well thought... read more

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