Fiction

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

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.…

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Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

I’m reading Moby Dick (the Collector’s Library Edition) as part of a personal challenge to read several books that are considered “classics”. I’ve been delighted and surprised at the contents of the book. I’m only 20% in. At first I tried listening to the audiobook version but the text was too dense for me to grasp the detail, so I bought a beautiful printed version and settled down to read at least one chapter a day. Herman Melville’s words reflect a philosophy of tolerance of social differences that rings true for today. So wise! I find myself wanting to lift text from it and paste it to Facebook and say, hey everyone, read this, this was written in 1851, and they were having the same social problems related to cultural differences we have today.…

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

This book, the physical one that belongs to me, has had a hurly-burly journey. The first time I picked it up, well, actually the time I bought it and paid full price for it, and then, I abandoned it. And then, I gave it to my local charity shop, where I noticed it remaining on their shelf for months. And then, I bought it back again.! Only heaven knows why. And then, I read it. How could I have missed its beauty the first time round. …

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Garrison Gage Mysteries by Scott William Carter

Garrison Gage Mysteries by Scott William Carter

Arriving at a book is a journey, the author’s journey, and then, the readers’ journey. Some steps are short and instantaneous, others are so very convoluted one wonders about the thinking process and its miracle. I discover many authors via book bloggers or through books read. (I find music this way too.) Rarely do I discover a book via word-of-mouth because my taste in books differ greatly from my friends and family. I discovered the Garrison Gage Mystery series through a book blogger whose name, unfortunately, escapes me. I keep reminding myself to take note of the source of my discoveries, but there are so many, I’m discouraged by the time leakage. I must become more disciplined because book bloggers are so generous with their information that the least I can do is give them credit for leading the way.…

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First Impressions by Charlie Lovett

First Impressions by Charlie Lovett

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

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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