Afterthoughts: The Crossroads by Niccolò Ammaniti

If I could sum up Niccolo Ammaniti’s latest novel in one word it would simply be ENGROSSING! From its shocking opening (which instantly imbues the reader with a firm notion of the wayward characteristics of two of the principle characters), to the … [Read more...]

A fraction of a pain

One of the things I love about reading books I actually own is that I have all the time in the world to read them. An obvious comment to make perhaps, but this luxury of time is something that doesn’t extend of course to library books, because the … [Read more...]

The Guardian: “A literary crawl of New York”

Despite having never visited the place (yet!), I make no apologies for my incurable obsession with anything New York. I've spoken about this obsession on the blogosphere often (and featured my favourite New York 'blogger' Teri Tynes as Reader of the … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: “50 Novels” – Water for Elephants

It's been a while since I completed this book for my 50 Novel reading challenge but I remember it vividly; such was the grip that the story had on me. Quite simply Water for Elephants is an exceptional read and one that any reader should not miss out … [Read more...]

On My Shelves: My latest additions

Tuesdays are "On My Shelves" day and today I thought I'd give a quick run through of latest additions to my bookshelves. Most are older 2nd-hand titles, but all are important additions to my collection. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth - Weighing … [Read more...]

’50 Novels’ Three to See the King: Afterthoughts

I first came across the author Magnus Mills when a lot of people (Rob’s Reader of the Week Mark Chambers included), started evangalising about his novel - The Restraint of Beasts. Although I’ve still to add that title to my collection, I had the … [Read more...]

On My Shelves: A fresh batch of booky goodness

Tuesday is ‘On My Shelves’ day and today, instead of highlighting a particular book(s) that's already on my shelves, I thought I'd turn instead to present the fresh batch of titles I picked up for my shelves, today in Waterstones (Edinburgh). I've … [Read more...]

[Sunday Salon] – Read-a-Thon and Ongoing Challenges Update

Sadly it's only a short meaningless Sunday Salon post from me today (do I ever offer anything else :o)) as I'm suffering the fallout of participating in my first 24 Hour Read-a-Thon. I managed to read three titles in the 24-hour period, way less … [Read more...]

Forethoughts – ‘50 Novels’ #12: A Fraction of the Whole

Well it took slightly longer than it should have, but I finally finished title #11 (Water for Elephants) in my 50 Novels in One Year reading challenge, and I'm moving quickly on to the next one, the 711-page veritable tome A Fraction of the Whole by … [Read more...]

[Sunday Salon] – Me Being Cheesy and a Fraction of The Whole

Has it really been a week since the last Sunday Salon already? I remember sitting here roughly this same time last weekend wondering what to write about, and here I am a one-week veteran of the Sunday Salon and……err……I’m still wondering what to write … [Read more...]