Shakespeare by Bill Bryson

Shakespeare by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson is one of my favourite authors. His prose makes everything he writes so very readable. He writes in a way that enables we “everymen” to easily access historical and scientific facts. (I’ve listened to several audiobooks where Bill Bryson reads his own work, so when I read his books, I can hear his voice and imagine his smile while I read.) …

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The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll

The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll

Until I saw Ryder Carroll’s book listed on Amazon, the idea of bullet journaling was unknown to me, but after I’d read the book’s description I understood immediately what it meant, because it reminded me of “Committee Action Minutes”, often used at brain storming meetings in the workplace. (Action Minutes, unlike the usual Minutes, record only items that require action and are short, and bullet pointed.) …

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My List of Betterment

My List of Betterment

My Mission Statement: My vision (mission) for My List of Betterment is to create a list of fifty books, and write about them. The books on the list are books “that speak to me” and deepen my understanding of the world around me and my understanding of my inner self, that is, what quality reading is for me.…

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The Suspect by Michael Robotham

The Suspect by Michael Robotham

“The Suspect” by Michael Robotham is the first in his Joe O’Loughlin Series. It’s a thriller; a real page turner.

My journey to this book was bit convoluted like so many of my journeys to books. This series was brought to my attention by a good friend with whom I often swap bookish observations. My friend knows I’m not too keen on edgy, graphic, psychological thrillers, but she thought I may enjoy the series, so she recommended I give “The Suspect” a try.…

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A Favourite Series – Kincaid and James Mysteries

A Favourite Series – Kincaid and James Mysteries

I’ve read sixteen of the books, so far, in the Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series. I’ve read them one after the other, straight through, enjoying every moment. It was like reading one long un-put-downable-novel. It’s difficult to define why I enjoyed the stories so much, possibly because I liked the characters that populated the stories, their backstories, and the geographical backdrop. Ms Crombie’s style of writing suited my reading muscle, the plot has just the right pace; a medium pace, I’d say, for me, the stories are perfect-mysteries.…

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My Reading List May 2018

My Reading List May 2018

My CURRENTLY READING LIST can often have more than five books on it, these are the books that I’ve committed myself to read in the near future, the ones I’ve “cracked open”, not to be confused with my TO-BE-READ LIST (TBR), nor my BOOKS OWNED AND NOT READ YET LIST. For me, there’s no point in listing more than five books on a CURRENTLY READING LIST (although I often do); attempting to read too many books within the same time-span dissipates continuity particularly if you are reading mysteries, or bibliomemoirs, or slow-travel memoirs. Listing my books is my way of keeping some semblance of order over my reading goals. It’s important to me that I don’t forget the books I’ve purchased. eBooks and audiobooks are easily forgotten because they aren’t visible on a bookshelf.…

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Nature Writing, a favourite genre

Nature Writing, a favourite genre

In our home there is a limited amount of shelf space for books; happily this restricted space is fully populated with “special” books that enhance our library. There are books that bring back fond memories, loved books, books that made a difference to our lives, reference books full of knowledge that we can dive into every now and then, books that we intend to read sometime later, and books that we just can’t let go. …

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Susan Hill’s Bibliomemoirs

Susan Hill’s Bibliomemoirs

I’ll start this blog post by saying that Susan Hill’s two Bibliomemoirs, Howards End is on the Landing and Jacob’s Room is Full of Books, are two of my very favourite books The information they contain is so valuable, I’ve made sure we’ve got the printed versions taking pride of place on our bookshelves. I am grateful for her taking the time to share her extensive knowledge and experience with us.…

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The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler

The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler

The Book of Forgotten Authors is a Bibliomemoir, a book about books, one of my favourite genres. I have the hardback edition, and when I’ve finished reading it, it will take up one precious book-space on our bookshelf. Our bookshelf space is limited; reserved for “special” books only. At least twelve of our book-spaces are taken up by Bibliomemoirs, where they wait patiently for my return to enjoy their treasures. Over the coming years I’ll dive into their pages to reacquaint myself with their gems.…

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