Category: Bookish Observations

A Bookish Observation: I’ll start by saying that Susan Hill’s two books-about-books, Jacob’s Room is Full of Books and Howard’s End is on the Landing, are two of my very favourite books-about-books. They are so good, I’ve made sure I’ve got the printed versions, and they take pride of place on our bookshelves.

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The Book of Forgotten Authors is a book about books, one of my favourite genres. I have the hardback edition and, when I’ve finished reading it, will take up one book space on my bookshelf. My bookshelf space is precious, and it is only those “special” books that get to sit within it. The Books about Books genre takes up about twelve spaces on my shelves, because they are books that will call out to me over the years, and I’ll dive into their pages occasionally, to reacquaint myself with a gem.

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A Bookish Observation: The minute I saw Tom Griffith‘s book description on Amazon I knew his book was a book I must read. It was listed on Kindle Unlimited, but I wasn’t a subscriber. I’d considered joining Amazon’s eBook library previously, so I subscribed and picked up “The Art of Time Travel“. (Later I purchased the book, because with Kindle Unlimited you have to return the book eventually.)

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When this book came to my notice, I liked the idea of a mystery set in Gibraltar. I’d visited Gibraltar, briefly c1993, so I had a sense of its atmosphere. It wasn’t my intention to read it straight away. I added “The Rock” to my TBR list, and then the next day I was drawn back to it by serendipity. After reading the first 10% I got a feeling it was going to be a good read; I wasn’t disappointed. The pace was good for me and my reading mood. There was a minimum of grisly description which made the story a mystery, more than a thriller. With all the things happening in the world today, #GrenfellTower, #FinsburyPark #Manchester #LindtCafe etc etc, I don’t need a thriller.

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My GoodReads rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a collection of short pieces about the book that had a huge personal impact on the writing life of well known Australian and New Zealand authors; the book that “made” them.  It was soooo very good. It led me down new pathways, I learned about authors I was unfamiliar with, and books too. I found it at the Gleebooks’ Sydney Writers Festival Bookshop, which is always a source of unique treasures. I’ve “eaten” this book up. My huge TBR list has grown and grown, and my knowledge of quality reading has been enhanced. Gush gush, I know; lovers of of story, read it, you won’t be disappointed.

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For those of you have been following along with me and my journey with the manuscripts of J.A.Wells’ work, you will know that I believe he is a tremendous storyteller.

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A bookish observation: Great storytelling! I love a good story with a visual impact. I don’t need car chases and graphic-anything, I just want to sit spell bound as the story unfolds; this story keeps you turning the page, gently. I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series. I loved its pace, its characters, its delivery of observations and revelations, with a little wisdom sprinkled here and there.

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Our world has changed in many ways, our European based cultures have become more reasonable and all inclusive of religious philosophies, racial and cultural differences and sexual orientation. Of course pockets of resistance still exist and resound through the voices and actions of the un-enlightened. That said, I have a certain conservative view of the world, so it was with hesitation that I decided to read this novel from this genre, which follows the journey of a “gay” character. The Captain is a very rich English gentleman, whose lifestyle could be looked upon today with a critical eye, in light of our society’s courageous attempt to protect the young.

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A wonderful slow read of slow travel. I’m so sad I’ve finished the book. The good news is, Mr Macfarlane has written other books and they’re waiting for me.

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Amazingly good. I didn’t want to put it down and I didn’t, until I finished the book, 48 hours after beginning, Phew! I’m not a fast reader but I found this a real page turner. It isn’t a thriller, but it’s a fantastic mystery. I read it and listened to it. The narrator of the audiobook was excellent. It won’t be long before I read the next one in the series. I just have to catch my breath first.

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