Monthly Archives: May 2011

Legi, Lego, Legam – May into June reading

I thought it was time I started writing monthly round-up posts. In the spirit of my blog’s Latin motto (Noli domo egredi, nisi librum habes – Never leave home without a book), I’ve called this post – Legi, Lego, Legam – I read, I am reading, I will read – sounds so much clunkier in the English translation. This month,… Read more »

Book Nostalgia and multiple copies…

My question today, in my never-ending project to get my personal library down to manageable proportions is … When you have multiple copies of books, how do you decide which ones to keep? Dogeared childhood copies vs shiny new ones… Somewhere in the house, I have around three and a half sets of the Narnia books.  My dogeared and play-library… Read more »

Carte Blanche for Jeffrey Deaver

Bond is back in print.  Carte Blanche is the latest edition to the James Bond canon, written by thriller writer Jeffrey Deaver – he of the quadraplegic detective Lincoln Rhyme in The Bone Collector and subsequent novels. Deaver is only doing three events in the UK. The book was launched at St Pancras on Wednesday complete with a girl on… Read more »

The Dark Tower Readalong #1

The Dark Tower Book 1: The Gunslinger by Stephen King. It’s simply years since I read any Stephen King, and then I only read his horror stories.  I was only vaguely aware that he had written a series which was a dark fantasy.  Then Shelflove decided to launch a readalong of The Dark Tower, a series that King himself has… Read more »

My TBR Poll #1 – the results…

Thank you to all those who voted and/or commented in my TBR poll last week. I learned that if I wanted to get larger numbers of votes I should have listed more books so that more people may have heard of them. More books listed would also have meant more books to go in the end.  I may repeat this… Read more »

An appropriate address …

I’m still sifting through the home library and TBR searching for books I can bear to part with. Yesterday I came across more of my childhood books. Astronomy and its companion volume Exploring the planets, both by Iain Nicholson and published in 1970, taught me all I needed to know about the universe back when I was ten.  Astronomy covered… Read more »

Annabel’s TBR Poll #1

So here it is, my first TBR poll. I hope that some of you will be familiar with some of the titles and/or authors listed, or have heard enough about some of these books to have an opinion on them even if you haven’t read them. Vote for as many books as you like, as long as you think I… Read more »

You know your TBR’s got out of hand when …

This year, I resolved to try to get to grips with my TBR (To Be Read) collection.  My Librarything (LT) Profile currently has it tagged at 2229 which is just over half of my entire collection, but I know there are a lot more that haven’t been entered yet. The new fun LT stats put my entire library if stacked… Read more »

The Blues Brothers meets Deadwood

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt If I had to make a movie pitch for this book, it would be The Blues Brothers meets Deadwood, HBO’s fantastic wild west series, and that encapsulates it in a nutshell for me, save to say that the combination is an absolute winner. The Blues Brothers just happens to be my favourite film ever… Read more »

Book Group – May is for Scandicrime

The Snowmanby Jo Nesbo, translated by Don Bartlett Scandicrime is a very big thing these days. It was always there – after the American Ed McBain, the next big writers of police procedurals were from Sweden. Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö wrote the ten Martin Beck novels from the mid 1960s onwards – see my write-up of the first in… Read more »