Category: Bookish Observations

The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane

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.

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

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.

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

If you like scary stories, then this book is for you; for me, absolutely not. Why oh why would I give this very well written famous story one star?

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

I’m so pleased I didn’t miss this one. This is a book that could make a positive difference to the perception of a reader, particularly a young adult, who picks it up, connects with the story, and absorbs its treasure trove of wisdom; turning a desert into a garden of beautiful flowers. At least, I’d like to believe it would.

The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller

A Bookish Observation: Andy Miller’s book, The Year of Reading Dangerously – How Fifty Great Books (And Two Not So Great Ones) Saved My life, has had a profound effect on me and my reading. I listened to it as an Audiobook from Audible.com, narrated by the author himself, then I purchased the hardback because it’s a book I knew I would want to refer to again and again. And then I bought the Kindle eBook too, because it’s nice to have it easily accessible in my library in the “Cloud”. Mr Miller’s narration put a smile on my face immediately. He has a self effacing humour typical of British people. He made the discussion light hearted but serious all at the same time.

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The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

Amazingly good! I’m usually not one for fantasy, I’m not one for dragons and ogres nor symbols. I chose this book because I loved the cover

First Impressions by Charlie Lovett

A Bookish Observation: It’s a melodram of the best kind. My first impression of Charlie Lovett’s “First Impressions” was positive and that impression played out well throughout the book. I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a book about books, one of my favorite genres. The story switches chapter by chapter between Jane Austen’s world and the life of a present day character, Sophie Collingwood. It’s easy to read and flows at a good pace, not too fast and not too slow.

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Sausage Hall by Christina James

One of the joys of being a book blogger is being welcomed into the world of “reviews”. I rarely accept invitations to review books for a couple of reasons. Firstly, many books don’t interest me and secondly I’m very busy with multiple projects. I only blog when something grabs me, so when an email arrived in my in-box offering me a preview copy of Sausage Hall by Christina James I immediately wrote back to say, “the book’s blurb gives me the impression that it would be a book I would enjoy” and enjoy it I did. This is the third book of the Detective Inspector Yates series. Sausage Hall was the first book I’ve read, written by Christina James. I’ll be seeking out her other two soon,

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Book Marketing is Dead by Derek Murphy

A bookish observation: I’ve been following along with Derek Murphy’s blog from his website CreativeIndie for a few months. It’s full of interesting insights about eBook publishing and cover design. His conversational writing style is clear and easily accessible, so when I realised he had published several books covering self-publishing topics, I loaded down four of them:

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All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville-West

A Bookish Observation: The words that came to mind while listening to this audiobook were: wonderful and beautiful. Why wonderful? Why beautiful?

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