Posts from ‘February, 2013’

February Summary and Plans for March

This month’s reading has been dominated by the amazing book, Far from the Tree. Its slow pace and the density of new knowledge lead me to crave lighter, faster paced books to read alongside it. This contributed to an increased number of average reads this month, but I don’t regret that – there is only […]

Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon

Five words from the blurb: parents, exceptional, children, difference, acceptance. Far From the Tree is the most important book I’ve ever read. It is a masterpiece of research; giving an impressive insight into human relationships and our tolerance of those who are different. If everyone read this book the world would be a better place. I requested […]

Three Mini Reviews

 Translated fron the Danish by Lisa Hartford Mercy by Jussi Adler-Olsen Five words from the blurb: Copenhagen, detective, unsolved, crimes, tortured I decided to read Mercy after Kim gave it a glowing review. Unfortunately I didn’t love it as much as she did, but it was an enjoyable piece of crime fiction. Mercy is a […]

Blooms of Darkness by Aharon Appelfeld

 Translated from the Hebrew by Jeffrey M. Green Winner of the 2012 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Five words from the blurb: Holocaust, Jewish, boy, hides, brothel Blooms of Darkness is set during WWII and follows an eleven-year-old Jewish boy as he is forced to leave his family and hide from the Nazis in a brothel. Blooms […]

The Mussel Feast by Birgit Vanderbeke

 Translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch Five words from the blurb: German, family, issues, revolutions, understand Beside the Sea is one of my favourite books, but I’ve had less success with other Peirene releases. A few weeks ago Meike, the founder of Peirene Press, assured me that The Mussel Feast would be to my taste, […]

BBC Good Food Cookery Book Set

I love cooking so was very happy to receive unsolicited review copies of the new BBC Good Food cook books. Unfortunately they aren’t as good as the wonderful BBC Good Food website, but if you have limited access to the Internet they’re worth the investment. There are 10 books in the series, with titles ranging […]