I'm easing myself back into the blog with a bit of a round up with lots of pictures of what I've been reading and acquiring this week. You know, before I go all hardcore and attempt an actual book review.This week I have read comics and fiction and memoir. I've also had some lovely books… Continue reading My bookish week
I've been a sporadic book blogger at best in recent times. It's probably not a huge surprise to those that know me in real life. The last year or more has been one of upheaval and change and huge life decisions. My life at the end of 2015 is not the same as the one… Continue reading The personal one
The short answer is, obviously, whatever the hell we damn well want.It probably comes as no surprise that this blog post is prompted by a piece of 'journalism' in The Guardian by some bloke. I don't know the fella and I don't especially want to link to the piece directly because it's a piece of… Continue reading What should we be reading?
Join Lizzie Brown, the fortuneteller’s assistant, and her gang of circus friends, as they try to uncover the identity of the mysterious phantom.In Victorian London, a masked figure has been robbing houses and evading the police. When Lizzie Brown has a psychic vision about the burglar, she knows she has to act. But this phantom… Continue reading The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Mysterious Phantom by Vicki Lockwood
It’s Bloomsday and I have a confession to make:#Bloomsday2015 the annual reminder that I still haven't made it all the way through Ulysses. Maybe by next year...— Sarah Watkins (@janesharp1671) June 16, 2015//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js I’ve tried to read Ulyssesseveral times but have always lost momentum. Truthfully, I’ve never read further than a third of the way… Continue reading Reading Ulysses?
Judy Blume is going to be at YALC this year. I can’t believe I’ve actually typed that sentence. GODDESS JUDY BLUME WILL BE AT YALC AND SO WILL I. I’m quite excited. When I was not quite a teenager, there was not a whole heap of Teen/YA books waiting on the shelves of bookshops and… Continue reading Judy Blume Read Along
Oh, this is a super book and confirms (as if needed) that I love Emma Carroll’s stories. This is Emma’s second novel; her first, Frost Hollow Hall, was nominated for the Branford Boase Award last year and was one of my favourites of the whole list. As I said then, it is the best kind… Continue reading The Girl Who Walked on Air by Emma Carroll
I’m testing out the idea of a weekly What I Read Last Week blog post to see if I like it. I’m hoping it will act as a jog to my memory and perhaps even an aid to reflection on what I’ve been reading, but without the formality of a review structure.In the last week… Continue reading What I Read
This year, I am rather excited to be part of Dan’s (@utterbiblio) shadow judging panel for the Desmond Elliott Prize. Along with David, Zoe, El, and of course Dan himself, we’re reading, discussing and judging the nominated books – making the longlist into a shortlist and finally coming up with a winner. There’s more about… Continue reading The Desmond Elliott Longlist 2015
I love Pom Pom Gets the Grumps. I feel that this little panda and I have much in common. Pom Pom is grumpy because he gets out of the wrong side of bed one day. This is me most days. Mornings and me don’t mix too well. I wish I woke up with sunshine in… Continue reading Pom Pom Gets the Grumps by Sophy Henn