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…

Book Review: The Return of the Native

One November 5th in 1840’s rural England, several bonfires are lit across the undulating hills and valleys of Egdon Heath to mark Guy Fawkes. One burning particularly impressively is Eustacia Vye’s bonfire. Eustacia grew up in a nearby town but, following the deaths of her parents, has since had to live on her grandfather’s estate…

October and November Book Buys

I swear I am trying to cut down. These were months where I had no plan to buy anything specific, no premeditated trip to second-hand or independent bookstores. And yet, again, I’ve ended up buying new books and more than I thought I would. Most were the result of bad days. Being a stay-at-home parent…