Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [A Review]

Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen’s first published novel, appears to be a straightforward romance. Men and women of contrasting and complimenting character are thrown together, but, the chances of love are thwarted by the social conventions of the period that prevent honesty and openness and instead breed duplicity and secrecy. But, on reflection, Sense and…

Wild Swans by Jung Chang [A Review]

Wild Swans is, simply put, a masterpiece. It is a memoir of three generations of author Jung Chang’s family, principally told around the lives of her grandmother, mother and herself. Though I could not find confirmation, it is by some accounts the highest-selling memoir of all time with sales variously reported as being between 10-15…

New Book Acquisitions – April 2017

Look at that! Only four new books! Maybe all my effort to cut back is bearing fruit. Or, more likely, the fact I had a 3.5 hour exam to cram for meant there were no weekend excursions, no local markets, for me to browse and inevitably add more than I intended. First up is The…

My Book Buying Habits

I’m taking a break from Top Ten Tuesdays to attend to another bookish meme doing the rounds. This is a questionnaire of Book Buying Habits I came across via Karen at Booker Talk. 1. Where Do You Buy Your Books? My book sources have changed a lot over the years as I have moved around…

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Purple Book Covers

My previous two Top Ten Tuesday posts have been lengthy and thoroughly thought-out. The topic for this week, from The Broke and the Bookish, is about book covers. Anything about book covers. And, initially, I was set to write another lengthy, thoroughly thought-out post about my favourite book covers. But I very quickly thought ‘nuts…

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Reasons to Turn Down a Book

Last week’s Top Ten Tuesday was about things that would instantly make me want to read a book. This week the list from The Broke and the Bookish is its complement; Ten Things that Would Instantly Make Me Not Want to Read a Book. My answers are not all opposites of last week’s, but I…

New Book Acquisitions – March 2017

Last month I mentioned that a couple of my February book purchases were the result of coping with some rough days. I had a bout of pneumonia when I was a teen. This was not quite the same yet I was actually annoyed when my doctor told me I did not have pneumonia because the…