Finding yourself in a Thomas Hardy novel

I can almost feel tear drops forming ready to splash down on my keyboard as I contemplate the content of this blog. Every year our Book Group aims to cover one classic. Last year Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf gave some of our ‘clubbers’ absolute grief to read but all (well most…) agreed it wasContinue reading “Finding yourself in a Thomas Hardy novel”

Books started but not finished

‘A masterpiece’ The Age ‘An unputdownable page turner by a master storyteller’ The Weekly Times This book is almost 6 cm (2.5 inches) thick, has 933 pages and is printed in the teeniest type. You would have to put it down, often, to rest your aching arms! Described as: This remarkable book can be readContinue reading “Books started but not finished”

What makes a book good

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighborhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families,Continue reading “What makes a book good”

What books to read

There have been lots of lists compiled over the years declaring the Best 100 books you should read before you know what… When I check my completed reading list against these, I find that I have read over 50 on some lists, only about 30 on others and so on it goes. Some of theContinue reading “What books to read”

Book groups

Over the last decade or so, I’ve been a member of two book groups. The first, where I was the youngest participant of a collection of wise souls with a pointy end of members well past their 8th decade of gathering life knowledge and experiences. It was a privilege to sit with all these ladies,Continue reading “Book groups”