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…