Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop – the winners are …

Firstly, thank you to everyone who visited my blog during the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop. I was overwhelmed by the number of new visitors.  A special thank you goes to those who chose to subscribe to my blog too.  To everyone else, I made no conditions of following or subscribing, but I do hope that some of you come back… Read more »

How to live alone and get by, Brookner style…

July 16, which will be Anita Brookner’s 83rd birthday, has been renamed International Anita Brookner Day by Thomas at My Porch and Simon at Savidge Reads.  To celebrate this author, they have set up the IABD Website with a competition to win AB books for those submitting reviews by July 16.  Naturally, I decided to join in the fun, especially as I haven’t… Read more »

The Dark Tower Readalong #2

The Dark Tower: Drawing of the Three Bk. 2 by Stephen King It’s month 2 of the Dark Tower Readalong hosted by Teresa and Jenny at Shelf Love.  If you want to catch up with the first book, click to my review here, as I won’t re-explain what happened before. Book 2 starts exactly where we left Roland, the last Gunslinger…. Read more »

The Literary Blog-Hop – and Giveaway

This weekend, it’s the second Literary Blog-Hop run by Judith at Leeswaammes.   The aims are to help people discover more great blogs, and spread a lot of book-love by running giveaways.  The list of participating blogs, of which there are 73, is below. There are loads I’ve never seen before, plus a few familiar friends – so if you… Read more »

Never mind the quality, feel the width – doesn’t feel quite right for this tome!

Whilst I’m in the middle of getting this month’s volumes in two readalongs finished, (Stephen King’s Dark Tower books at Shelf Love and Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake at Farm Lane Books since you ask), I’ve a little poser for you today. Let me introduce an old book to you… Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens. I do love the sub-title ‘A… Read more »

A Wartime Romance

The Novel in the Viola by Natasha Solomons In the same way that we all rejoiced when the TV powers that be gave us Downton Abbey and resurrected Upstairs Downstairs, not to mention the Oscar-winning success of The King’s Speech, we should also be delighted that Natasha Solomons has given us a WWII equivalent in novel form. The Novel in… Read more »

Paranoid housewife? It’s another Sophie Hannah psychocrime novel…

Lasting Damage by Sophie Hannah For anyone who likes the occasional bit of property porn, looking at property websites and TV programmes to see how the other half live, the premise of Lasting Damage, Hannah’s sixth psychochiller would be the perfect nightmare. Imagine starting up a virtual tour of a big house and seeing a dead body in a pool… Read more »

Book Group Report – the spirit of Sir Humphrey lives on …

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday All those who made it to our book group last week, enjoyed this book.  There were different degrees of love ranging from a good read to fantastic, but no-one really had a bad word to say about it.  Shame, as one of our cadre who couldn’t make it that evening, didn’t get… Read more »

Is this a case of middle-aged disappointment?

Now my daughter is ten, she tends to read books to herself, but occasionally at bedtime I still read to her when there’s a book she requests.  We’ve had great fun revisiting some of her toddler books – I kept a pile of our favourites – you know the ones – The Gruffalo, Kipper, The very hungry caterpillar, etc. Recently… Read more »

Page 60

Annabel   8th June 2011   13 Comments on Page 60

One of the tests of whether a book might be for you or not is to open it up a few chapters in and read a page.  It could be a page at random, or it could be page 60 which is the page I know Simon T always chooses, and since he told me this, I’ve found myself gravitating… Read more »