Category: Bookish Observations

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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The Museum of Literary Souls by John Connelly

This is a wonderful story. Very short, completely satisfying. It’s the first writing from John Connolly I’ve read. I was lucky enough to be present for a talk he gave about Crime Writing at the Sydney Writers’ Festival 2014. I was so impressed by his wide ranging comprehensive knowledge that I wanted to read his work. I’ve put a couple of his books on my To Be Read List, I think I’m in for a treat.

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The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

I read this story straight through over a couple of days. Good writing. I’d say possibly as good as Agatha Christie but different. The difference being the type of characters in Josephine Tey’s book, her characters were from everyday life more so than Agatha’s who seem to often be from the privledged upper classes. I probably won’t read any more from the series unless I feel the need for a very cozy mystery, which it is. I enjoyed it.

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Reading Hemingway using five magic keys

The Sun Also Rises

A bookish observation: Hearing a voice from the Jazz Age for the first time. For me, the world of classic literature is like an old locked cupboard in the attic, I’m keen to break it open to see what’s inside. I’ve heard there’s some wonderful experiences waiting for me if I could just find the key. Recently I did just that, I found a key, well five actually and accessed a classic written by Ernest Hemingway, a voice from The Jazz Age.

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Walking the M62 by John Davies

A Bookish Observation: Many computer crashes ago, back in the day when the “blue screen of death” often showed its irritating face, before we upgraded to an Apple iMac, I lost many bits and pieces. Some files were precious, some were important and others were long forgotten. One of the long forgotten items, lost forever, was the first eBook I paid for: Walking the M62 by John Davies.

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Butterflies in November
by Audur Ava Olafsdottir

A Bookish Observation: Keen to find out whether or not the book would be a “good-read”, I found myself a nice comfortable spot to skim through the first few pages, after a few minutes it was clear, I could tell immediately, I was going to enjoy the story.

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The Greenhouse by Audur Ava Olafsdottir

A bookish observation: I nearly gave up believing that I’d find a book as enjoyable as a cozy mystery. And then I started reading “The Greenhouse”. My reading of this book began badly because I listened to the first chapter via an audiobook at a time when I was constantly distracting myself with trawling LitBogger RSS Feeds for new titles. You know how it is, the grass is always greener … My focus was fractured.

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What I discovered while reading through Peter Boxall’s “1001 books you must read before you die”

While reading Peter Boxall’s 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, I’ve discovered it’s not just a list of books. It is also the source of some self discovery helping me understand what I don’t want to know about and what I do, a very enlightening realisation. I’m realising how narrow the boundaries of my reading taste are. My strategy for the book is to slowly read through all the previews. When I find a potential book to read, I add the book to my Amazon wish list . I’m only one third of the way through the book at the time of writing this blog post.

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Maisie Dobbs by Jaqueline Winspear

A Bookish Observation: The story is set in the UK just before, during and after the First World War and follows the journey of a young woman plucked from her lowly beginnings by her wealthy employer and mentored by an elderly philosopher detective type character named Maurice Blanche. Maisie has proved to have a high degree of intelligence and diligence. Very early in the story we are introduced to Maisie and soon we can see she is going to be an interesting character and we can also see the author’s writing style is clear, enjoyable and leads us forward in such a way that we want to know more.

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