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.

Get in touch!  Email madamebibilophile@gmail.com or fill in the form below, I’d love to hear your thoughts, but please note I don’t review self-published work:


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  1. Hah! It amused and pleased me to see another blogger whose pages I wander through, like a second hand bookshop where you never know what treasure is going to leap out and ambush you, ALSO only reviews books she likes, and wishes to celebrate. Lovely nuggets for thought within your posts. Thank you


  2. PS I love the subtitle of your blog – reading – It’s personal – because it really is, isn’t it. I’m thinking about a book I’m drawing to a close on, which I will review on my blog in due course, because I will be (unless something goes radically wrong in the last lap!) 5 starring.

    The only review on Amazon so far is remarkably dismissive, so I am slightly pushing myself to get that review (it’s an ARC, from Amazon Vine) written. Everything the present reviewer dislikes is something I perceive as a strength of the book, though I was also aware that I needed to be in a certain mind-space in order to be ready to surrender and listen to the author’s voice. I do feel reading is like meeting a person; there are people you instantly know you will always want to spend time with, lifelong connectiions, other people you want to get as far away from as possible, and some people whom you might need to meet in different times and places before a connection can happen. And, like people, your lifetime connection will be someone else’s ‘as far away as possible!’

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    • I look forward to your review! Reading is intensely personal & I find the hardest books to talk about are usually the ones I absolutely love, because trying to convey just what they mean seems impossible.

      Your point about time & place is a good reminder to me to keep an open mind: as we change our experiences of books changes. I was tortured with Joseph Conrad at school – I couldn’t bear his writing. But I came back to it about 5 years ago & while he’ll never be a favourite, I got so much more out of his novels. You’ve got me racking my brains now to think of other writing I’ve abandoned along the way, that may be worth a revisit…

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  3. I just discovered your blog, and I love it already. I look forward to spending more time here. And, this is an adorable ‘About’. 🙂


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