Posts from ‘January, 2010’

January 2010 Summary and Plans for February

January was quite a poor reading month for me, in terms of both quality and quantity. I read 8 books and left a further two unfinished (one is a book I’ve not yet reviewed yet – I’ll leave you to guess which it is!) The stand-out book was Uglies, something I would never have guessed […]

To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf

I have been wanting to read some Virginia Woolf for a while, but I had been told that her books are very difficult to read and so had been putting it off. When I saw the Woolf in Winter read-along I decided it was the perfect opportunity to give her a try, as difficult texts […]

Booking Through Thursday: Twisty

This week I am proud to see that my question has been selected as the Booking Through Thursday choice. I love books with complicated plots and unexpected endings, so I asked people to recommend fantastic books with a twist in the end. I’m looking forward to seeing all the suggestions! My favourites are: Fingersmith by Sarah […]

The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery

Translated from the French by Alison Anderson I had seen nothing but praise for this book in the blogging world, so was keen to find out why everyone raves about it.  Unfortunately the book failed to live up to expectations, so I am going explain why I just didn’t get this book at all. The […]

Evil in Fiction – Guest Post by Pauline Melville

Pauline Melville is an award winning author. Her collection of short stories,  Shape-shifter (1990), won the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Overall Winner, Best First Book) and the Guardian Fiction Prize.  Her first novel, The Ventriloquist’s Tale (1997), won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. I struggled to connect with her most […]

Blink – Malcolm Gladwell

Blink explains our instinctive ability to make decisions without thinking about them. Using a series of examples the book analyses the way in which we are able to make critical, often life-saving actions without understanding why we are performing them. I loved Malcolm Gladwell’s bestselling book The Tipping Point, but I don’t think Blink was […]