Posts from ‘May, 2011’

May Summary and Plans for June

May was a slow month reading-wise. This was mainly caused by reading several average books in a row. I didn’t want to inundate you with negative reviews so will spread them out over the coming weeks. The good news is that my run of unenjoyable books seems to have come to an end – first with the wonderful  Anatomy […]

Pigeon English – Stephen Kelman

Pigeon English was selected as one of the Waterstone’s 11 and I loved the sample section that I tried. The book is set in London where 11-year-old Harri has recently arrived from Ghana with his mother and older sister. A boy is stabbed to death on their estate, but police enquiries meet a wall of silence so Harri decides […]

The Illumination – Kevin Brockmeier

Five words from the blurb: pain, manifesting, light, human, phenomenon The Illumination has a fantastically original premise: What would happen if we could see pain? Would our interactions with other people change if we could see exactly how painful our colleague’s toothache was, spot tumors inside strangers on the street, or see the continual suffering of the elderly? […]

Triple Choice Tuesday

Today I’m featured on Triple Choice Tuesday over at Reading Matters. Each week Kim asks bloggers, writers and readers to pick a favourite book, a book that changed their world and a book that deserves a wider audience. Head over to Kim’s blog to see which books I selected.

Anatomy of a Disappearance – Hisham Matar

Five words from the blurb: boy, mother, dies, father, disappears I have had a run of disappointing books recently and so I was craving something special. Anatomy of a Disappearance had everything I was looking for and so I’m pleased to report that my reading slump is now officially over. The book grabbed my attention from the […]

Gormenghast Read-along Schedule

Wednesday is Gormenghast Day! For the next few months this blog will celebrate Gormenghast every Wednesday. The schedule for the read-along is detailed below. It would be great if different people could lead the discussion each week so that you don’t just get my opinion (and I don’t get Gormenghast post burnout!). If you’d like to […]