Life-long book lover (learning to read was the best thing I ever did – should I worry that my greatest life achievement took place before I’d even taken stabilisers off my bike?) taking a celebratory look at how books and life are indivisible.
Each post will have a theme, with a couple of books discussed, hopefully the choices won’t be too obvious and will be books that are an unusual pairing.
I only write about books I like; recommendations, not quite reviews. I want the feel of this blog to be like when you’ve just finished a book you love, you meet a friend and you’re excitedly telling them all about it.
My favourite reads include (in no particular order):
Middlemarch – George Eliot
Oranges are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson
I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
South Riding – Winifred Holtby
Death and the Penguin – Andrey Kurkov
Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
A Month in the Country – JL Carr
The Ice Palace – Tarjei Vesaas
They Came Like Swallows – William Maxwell
The Summer Book – Tove Jansson
Wives and Daughters – Elizabeth Gaskell
The novels of Margery Sharp; Jon McGregor; Elizabeth Taylor; Muriel Spark; Colette; Kent Haruf; Donal Ryan… Virago Modern Classics, Persephone Books…
Although not much evidenced by the above list, I also really like reading translated fiction and golden age detectives.
As of January 2014, I am also attempting to read through Le Monde’s 100 Books of the Century. This may take some time…. My other ongoing reading challenge is Around the World in 80 Books.
If you like reading, I hope you’ll like this blog & let me know your ideas for pages I should stick my face between.
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