Reading habits start early

Moon-Face, Mister Watzisname, Silky and the Saucepan Man, feasting on Pop Biscuits and Google Buns (no they’re not virtual food items delivered on your computer screen!) How about dodging the dirty washing-water which Dame Washalot pours down the trunk at regular intervals and avoiding peeping in at the Angry Pixie, who throws things at thoseContinue reading “Reading habits start early”

James Joyce, to read or not

The name of author James Joyce will undoubtedly crop up on most Ultimate Book Lists with the book cited, Ulysses. First serialised in an American journal from March 1918 to December 1920, it was published in its entirety in 1922. Regarded as one of the most important works of Modernist literature, Ulysses is approximately 265,000Continue reading “James Joyce, to read or not”

Books that fail to sizzle

Some summers ago while at our local village swimming pool a lady, unknown to me at the time, came up and said, ‘That book changed my life!’ ‘That book’, the one that I was reading at the pool edge, was The White Earth by Andrew McGahan and I was about half-way through. I looked upContinue reading “Books that fail to sizzle”

Books that make you LOL

When was the last time that you couldn’t stop yourself from laughing out loud as you were reading a book? Come on, never! I can’t believe it. Where would we be without side-splitting humour? Stating the obvious, in a sad, sad space. It’s refreshing to ‘poke fun’ at ourselves, to take the seriousness out ofContinue reading “Books that make you LOL”

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”