January 25, 2020

“When you feel homesick,’ he said, ‘just look up. Because the moon is the same wherever you go.”― Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch is a 2014 Pulitzer Prize bestselling book whose author is loved by many, however this book just did not land with me at all. It was...

January 14, 2020

“Perhaps that might be the way to write this book--to open the page and to let the stories crawl in by themselves.” ― John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

I had another early morning read as I started Cannery Row’ at a sleepless night at 1am and finished it around 4am in t...

October 6, 2019

“It’s funny, when you’re a child you think time will never go by, but when you hit about twenty, time passes like you’re on the fast train to Memphis.”― Fannie Flagg, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

‘Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe’ is a comf...

October 6, 2019

“Garden work clears the mind.” ― Joanne Harris

'Blackberry Wine' by Joanne Harris was like finding a home in a book. The story centres on Jay Mackintosh whose time has turned into ‘a blur of days without anything to define them from each other, like episodes of a s...

May 6, 2019

“The world can ask you to participate, but it's a day-today decision if you want to agree to that proposal.”

I have just read one of the best books I have ever read. I found it in a pile of books I had been given- the blurb nor endorsements on the cover indicated it wou...

March 9, 2019

The Man Booker 2016 Shortlist book, All That Man Is by David Szalay is a book of poignant short stories about the love, loss and longing told through the viewpoint of nine different men’s lives, starting with a story about a 17 year old man, and ending with a story of...

January 8, 2019

Homecoming is a satisfying chick-lit novel from Cathy Kelly. It has her usual breadth of characters, including Eleanor who is mourning the loss of her husband, Megan who is hiding from the paparazzi after an ill-considered affair, Rae who is terrified of her lifelong s...

January 8, 2019

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” ― Terry Pratchett, The Long Earth.

The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter is a science-fiction book about multiple worlds....

January 3, 2019

People learn twenty-five percent from their teacher, twenty-five percent from listening to themselves, twenty-five percent from their friends, and twenty-five percent from time.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Witch of Portobello.

The Witch of Portobello is Paul Coelho back...

January 3, 2019

“The emotion is Janus-faced: we are torn between a nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.” ― Carson McCullers, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

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