Monthly Archives: December 2016

My 2017 read-less-athon, getting ready

I shouldn’t have planned a start date to my plan to read less. I should have just started. I don’t really believe in ‘new year, new start’. Plans, once made, should be followed through as soon as possible otherwise they’re … Continue reading

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Unless by Carol Shields

A while ago (I promise, not all my blogs will begin with those words, though for the moment it seems the truest reflection of my reading) a reading friend recommended Carol Shields to me and I went out and bought … Continue reading

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The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

This year Christmas has crept up on me; I have been sick, twice, one with shingles and the second time with a bad cold. My daughter has been sick with a nasty viral infection. Our two lovely bunnies got sick … Continue reading

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Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole

There are moments in reading which elevate the experience beyond mere enjoyment to something more. I find in such moments a suspension, a feeling as though I am levitating above a great, vast plain of possibility and I know that … Continue reading

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The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

I remember when The Blazing World was longlisted for the MAN Booker Prize and I wanted to read it then, I think I even borrowed it from the library and then didn’t read it which, in my endless questing for … Continue reading

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