Book Review: Next Year in Jerusalem

A foreign superpower occupies the Holy Land. Insurgency is on the rise. Terrorists attack foreign soldiers and immigrants as well as any locals found to be complying with the occupiers or deemed to be in violation of their strict interpretation of religious laws. A new man has been appointed to govern the land and quash…

New Book Acquisitions – February 2017

Followers of this blog will roll their eyes if I were to say, again, that I am trying to cut down on my book purchases. But I am trying to institute a change and improve the quality of my purchases. I think a fault of mine in recent years has been to be sucked in…

Book Review: Goa, Through the Mists of History

It was on a 2008 trip to Goa that my parents and I came across Luis de Assis Correia’s book on the history of Goa at a book market. His Goa, Through the Mists of History from 10,000 BC-AD 1958; A Select Compilation on Goa’s Genesis looks to be a self-published book (it has no…

Book Review: The Mayor of Casterbridge

Michael Henchard, a young hay-trusser, walks down a lonely country road in 1820’s England with his wife, Susan, and infant daughter, Elizabeth-Jane. They walk in silence, exposed to the sun, an arduous enough journey for a young man let alone a young mother carrying a baby. Henchard, though, has little sympathy. Beneath the quiet exterior,…

Book Shopping in New Zealand and a Visit to Hobbiton

If you have been wondering where I have been the past few weeks, I have been visiting family and friends in my old hometown of Wellington, New Zealand. And of course, I have been book shopping as well. As is typical, when I lived in New Zealand I was probably guilty of neglecting books written by…

A 2017 Reading List

Once I began taking my reading more seriously, I decided there was value in reading certain books together that they may add context from one to the other. History books alongside historical novels for example. When I get around to reading Wide Sargasso Sea, I will no doubt reread Jane Eyre first. Ditto for Foe…

2016: A Review of a Year of Reading

2016 has been a very successful year of reading for me. As well as getting through all 16 books on my 2016 Reading List, I also read five more. That may not sound like many by the standards of some readers, but by my standards, in a year where I was also a stay-at-home parent…