2017 Reading Challenge: 2nd Quarter

I’ve taken my eye off the ball this quarter because I realised at the start of May that I was unlikely to meet my Goodreads Challenge (104 books in 2017), so hurriedly read a lot of the shorter things cluttering up my TBR pile to get back on track.  Reads meeting the diverse challenge included…

2017 Reading Challenge: 1st Quarter

Yes, the plan was to write monthly updates on my challenge. And now it’s March, so we’ll go with quarterly updates instead. In some ways that’s better, as I can mention books that perhaps only warrant a few lines, and would otherwise have been missed. My 2017 reading began with an unusual (for me) choice:…

Mrs Ogg’s Bloomers

It just occurred to me that it’s been 2 years since we lost Sir Terry Pratchett. It seems oddly fitting that I happen to be working my way through The Long Earth series, and happen to have discovered the lovely range of Discworld-inspired colourways from DyeNinja, over the weekend.  When I think of Terry Pratchett…

New Year’s Vague Declaration of Semi-Intent

I considered writing a review post for 2016, but the overall tone of the year was, for most of us, bleak, and I simply couldn’t find the energy to dwell on it. Discussing how I want to apply what I’ve learned from 2016 to this shiny, new year seemed a more worthwhile endeavour. Simply put,…

2017 Reading Challenge

I completed the 2016 Classics Challenge with True Grit in early December. After reflecting on what I read in 2016, and how I chose the books for my challenge, I’ve decided that I want to be more intentional in what I choose to read in 2017. In particular I want to counter my tendency to default to white,…

True Grit

When I discovered this Classic I discovered this Classic when I watched the Coen brothers adaptation of True Grit at the cinema. Why I chose to read it I needed to read a book narrated by a female character for research, and remembered that True Grit is narrated by Mattie Ross. I hadn’t initially considered…

Now in November

When I discovered this Classic Earlier this year the Guardian Bookshop emailed me about a deal on books from APOLLO, an imprint which specialises in ‘forgotten’ modern classics. Josephine Johnson’s Now in November was one of two I ended up ordering. Why I chose to read it I chose Now in November over my other purchase…

The Stand

I had this all lined up to post on October 31st (Halloween, King, etc), and forgot to actually schedule it *facepalm*. Silver lining: you get to read about 2 Classics in November. 🙂 When I discovered this Classic When I read King’s On Writing last year he mentioned The Stand as the novel his readers…

One Small Step…

It’s here! NaNoWriMo 2016. True to form I spent October planning and preparing a novel idea for NaNoWriMo. And then I decided I hated it, and spent the last 4 days of October coming up with an entirely new idea. Since I’ve won the last 2 years after a last minute change, I’m feeling pretty…

The Lusiads

I did it! I finally finished The Lusiads. When I discovered this Classic Camões is a giant of Portuguese literature, and I studied excerpts of his work in high school. Why I chose to read it I came across a second-hand copy of an English translation of The Lusiads in Edinburgh’s wonderful Armchair Books. I’d…

Review: The Lie Tree

The Lie Tree has been one of my TBRs for a few months now, and shot up the list once I got a ticket to the Frances Hardinge and Sarah Perry double-bill at Ed Book Fest. The Lie Tree tells the story of Faith Sunderly and her family, who travel to the island of Vane…