Posts from ‘February, 2010’

Brixton Beach – Roma Tearne

Brixton Beach is a difficult book to rate. It has a fantastic opening chapter and a powerful, poignant ending, but unfortunately the rest of the book is a bit forgettable. The book opens with an emotionally charged glimpse at the London tube bombings of 2005 in which 56 people were killed. I wasn’t surprised to see […]

101 Book Group Choices Guaranteed to Provoke Discussion

Choosing a book for a reading group is hard, but I’ve compiled this list of books to help you make that difficult decision. I think the majority of people will enjoy them and, more importantly for any book group, they will create an interesting discussion. This list is a combination of books I’ve read and those that have […]

Have you written any fabulous post titles recently?

The current Blog Improvement Project task is to write a blog post with an eye-catching title. If you’d like to be entered into the best title poll you have until midnight tomorrow to add yours to Mr Linky on the BIP site. There are some great posts already listed, so even if you aren’t taking part […]

The Girl with Glass Feet – Ali Shaw

 Short Listed for Costa First Novel Award 2009 The Girl with Glass Feet was Simon’s choice for Not the TV Book Group (an online book group formed recentlyby several UK book bloggers). The book is set on a strange island, packed with weird animals; the plot centring on a woman called Ida, who discovers that she is […]

My Latest Book Purchases

I  love buying books! There is no way I could manage to stick to a book buying ban and the moment I heard about the BLOB (Biggest Loser of Books) competition I knew there was no point signing up, as I was sure to fail. I think it is worth it though. Look at all the […]

Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese

Cutting for Stone is a fantastic book! It would easily have made my ‘Best of 2009’ list, had I read it sooner and I’m sure it will be one of my favourite reads of 2010. At 500+ pages, it isn’t a quick read, but it was well worth the investment of time as the story will stay with […]