Category Archives: Book Lists

Third strike and you’re out…

We’ve got an ongoing thing in our household, where I ask a question and Daisy says “Told you that yesterday, third strike and you’re out”.  I spend so much time concentrating on the daily grind that I can’t be sure … Continue reading

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Wish List old and new : March 2016

Well over half way through the self-imposed 3-month or so long book-buying ban, and so far it’s proving to be a lot less arduous than expected, although it’s a bit like avoiding food shopping on an empty stomach, and I … Continue reading

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Literary Trail IV: “Shamrocks, St. Patrick and leprechauns” – The Begorrathon Reading Ireland month – March 2016

Dear All, It can’t just be a happy coincidence. Am tickled pink, having just recently spent a truly joyous evening up at Montmartre as a very thrilled guest of the Global Nomads book group. Like Lucy and Sarah at Hard Book Habit … Continue reading

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Wish List 2016: New Year’s Resolutions, plus The BBC’s 100 Greatest British Novels

Well, it wouldn’t feel right to end the year without a nosy at what everyone is deeming the best reads of the year. The New York Times includes Elena Ferrante’s twin protagonists and Helen Macdonald’s in its 10 Best Books of … Continue reading

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Clichés abound : “the first step in a thousand miles” …

My favourite person of the female sex (never let it be said that am not keeping up with the world in terms of political correctness) will be turning 18 next September. Over recent months she has started tackling some of … Continue reading

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The Guardian’s 100 Best Novels by Robert McCrum, August 2015: two years in the making, 400 years in the writing…

      Still feeling bereft at having finished “Middlemarch” and determined to go the whole hog with more of those classic reads, when along comes another grandiose book list. Will this one stop the Sunday Times’ list from resting … Continue reading

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Literary Trail III – books based in and on the Big Apple

Simone de Beauvoir is apparently often quoted for maintaining that “There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless“, while Groucho Marx infamously declared that “Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book – … Continue reading

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The “Sunday Times 100 Books to Love” list

Another British list, compiled by the Sunday Times and faithfully recorded on Good Reads at the end of 2013. Curiosity killed the proverbial cat, though – by whom was it compiled?? – thoughts at end of the hundred-strong list.   … Continue reading

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“A Sweet Obscurity” by Patrick Gale (2003) – book review – & P.G.’s ‘Top Eleven Book List’

Over the years, I have steadily clocked up more and more Patrick Gale books here and there and have become quite the fan. I even find myself getting quite excited about his chats at the end of each novel, where … Continue reading

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BBC’s ‘The Big Read’ – the best loved novels of all time

‘There is nothing like a dame, Jane…with a lengthy book list’…  ‘Hear, hear, Elizabeth…’ Thanks to Clare’s recent posting on A Little Blog of Books, I learnt that tonight is World Book Night, celebrating reading and sharing good reads with people … Continue reading

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