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What we’ve been reading

104 in 52 (or what I have been reading lately).

22. Left Neglected – Lisa Genova.   I was reminded of Lisa Genova recently when I read that her very successful novel Still Alice was going to be made into a movie.  Still Alice is the story of a intelligent and successful professor who acquires early onset Alzheimers.  The story is a powerful and moving account of […]

sweets September 12

104 in 2014: 9. The sweetness of reading

How’s that reading challenge working out for you all? Sweet? Here are the next 10 on my completed list, all of which I was reading back in May and June, so it’s past time to let you know what I thought about them, right? #81 Sprig Muslin by Georgette Heyer (Read 25/05/2014) Hear that dreadful […]

104 in 2014: 8. collected works

Our challenge is to read and review 104 books for the year. So here’s my next, very late, installment of reviews. Because reading them is never the problem..

104 in 2014: August

So, I was busy finishing Emma Approved and didn’t get much reading done this month. I’m pleased the people behind Emma Approved are branching out from Austen. Their new series, Frankenstein MD, could be great, provided they are willing to go to dark places. 78-79: Hawkeye : My Life as a Weapon and Hawkeye: Little […]

Tracks September 02

September online ebook club – Tracks by Robyn Davidson

This month we’re reading Tracks by Robyn Davidson for our online ebook club. You may recall the movie ‘Tracks’ being released at the cinema early in 2014. This is the true story of Robyn Davidson, a woman who walked from Alice Springs to the West Australian coast in the 70’s with 3 camels and her […]

The Road to Urbino

After reading Mosquito by Roma Tearne and really enjoying the author’s “artistic” imbued storytelling, I was quite excited to see a new book by the same author. The Road to Urbino is a very intriguing read. The Road to Urbino is a compelling novel of love, loss, political trauma, war shadows, grief, a barrister and an […]

The man who fell in love with the moon

The man who fell in love with the moon by Tom Spanbauer.  Post by David from Southport Branch Library. I love books that transport you to another time and place. And although I’m only halfway through this book, I’m savouring the journey. Set at the turn of the 20th century in a tiny town called […]

The Shadow Queen by Sandra Gulland

The Shadow Queen by Sandra Gulland. This wonderful novel by celebrated author Sandra Gulland of The Josephine Trilogy tells the complex tale of the early years of the life of Claude des Oeillets. This is a great novel which I enjoyed reading. Claude des Oeillets was a personal assistant to Madame de Montespan during the […]

The Lost Duchess

The Lost Duchess by Jenny Barden is a wonderful descriptive novel of early Tudor England and the very different conditions encountered by the early settlers at Roanoke Island in the New World. The story follows the adventures of Emme, a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth I and an adventurer sailor, Kit, who has decided to make […]

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The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling!)

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith. I enjoyed The Cuckoo’s Calling, which is the first murder mystery by J. K. Rowling (writing under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith) and I looked forward to the next installment. This series features the private detective Cormoran Strike and his P.A. Robin Ellacott, who look like becoming another crime fighting literary duo. Cormoran Strike is […]

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