Monthly Archives: May 2015

Reading Challenge from January 2015

It’s Mother’s Day here in France – so go ahead and indulge me. Am totally smitten by a beautiful yet much unneeded book I ended up buying (myself, any excuse) in W H Smith on the rue de Rivoli just recently … Continue reading

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“Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov (1955) – book review

Lo-lo-Lolita, eureka. Couldn’t believe it when got to the Tick That Box on this one. Must have picked it up and put it down half a dozen times in as many years. Dare I confess, it was borrowing and watching … Continue reading

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“The Bees” by Laline Paull (2014) – book review

Have just put this book down and am feeling nonplussed. On the one hand, was generally overjoyed at having finished all six of the 2015 shortlisted Baileys’s Prize picks inside the deadline; on the other am loath not to be … Continue reading

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“Teatime in Paris: A Walk Through Easy French Pâtisserie Recipes” by Jill Colonna (2015) – book review

Well, what a turn out for the books! Bit of a departure from the norm for me, but simply too good to resist… Found myself by sheer coincidence in just the right place at the right time last week: took … Continue reading

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“Inside the O’Briens” by Lisa Genova (2015) – book review

A strong memory flew back into my mind as I was reading the closing pages of this new novel. The image of a hugely incapacitated lady being hand fed soup rather unsuccessfully by I presume her daughter, around four years … Continue reading

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“The Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes (2011 ) – book review

Still breathing out through my nose since finishing this book ten minutes ago (that was about a year ago, admittedly, but still remember picking up my pen to write this down at the time). I have got such a soft … Continue reading

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“Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1985) – book review

Found my review of this from way back when. ‘Stunning. Like tumbling into a bath of soapy suds or one of rose petals. Utterly magnificent. What a spellbinding web he weaves’. Hark at me! Was clearly in full romantic mode … Continue reading

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