Book Review – The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan ★★★★☆

This is most definitely the darkest of Ruth Hogan's novels so far.   It is told by one first-person account from Masha and a third person account of Alice's story. Masha has been grieving for a very long time. Her young child was killed in a freak accident and she has been half a person ever since. This is her story. 


Finally, it’s Gardening Weather – Sunday Post

You may have noticed but I am getting a little slack with this blog.  It's only a temporary mind, as I am planning a holiday to Madrid in a couple of weeks and my mind is very much elsewhere.   I have been focussing on brushing up on my Spanish as quickly as I can, as... Continue Reading →

Book Review – The Parisian by Isabella Hammad ★★★✬☆

This was the first physical arc which I had successfully requested from the publishers, and I had really high hopes for it, but unfortunately, it didn't deliver for me. This book starts so well but ultimately by the time I reached the end of this very large book, I had stopped caring.  It is beautifully written and the first section in France was very engaging.  Midhat Kamel is sent to France to study medicine in order to escape any possibility of being drafted into the Turkish army.  He lives with a French family and not surprisingly he becomes enchanted with the daughter.

New obsessions – Sunday Post

I seem to be moving away from reading and writing and playing more with drawing and painting this week. If you are interested in what I have been doing I have started a new Instagram account just to share my sketchbook (charlie.b.sketchbook). I have also started doing the 100 days project when I stumbled upon... Continue Reading →

Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

This week for Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the Artsy Reader Girl it's all about what attracts us to books in the first place.  I have a feeling that we might have vastly similar lists this week but there will be some differences.  I have written these in order of preference.

Well that’s March Over and Done With, A Wrapup and April TBR – Sunday Post

Well, March is nearly over and this time the last day of the month is a Sunday so I have decided to combine the weekly Sunday post and the monthly review in one big post.  Spring seems to have finally arrived and the last week has been beautiful, it's odd to think that this time last year we had the second batch of snow.   Reading wise I have finished two books this week, and both of them were really good. 

State of the ARC #5 the March Edition

It's time again for The State of the Arc, a meme hosted and created by Evelina over at Avalinah's Books.   I am still plodding along with my ARCs, I only have one overdue with Netgalley.  Unfortunately, I haven't made any progress with my indie and old Edelweiss ones and they are now a good year or so out of date.

Book Review – Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben ★★★★☆

This is a book that I should have read two years ago. It is my oldest ARC and I have no idea why except for the fact that it is written in very American English and I wasn't in the mood for that at the time.  Since then I have read all the Jack Reacher books (ironically written by an Englishman), and have been searching for something to fill the void and Harlan Coben's books may well be it.

Book Review – The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See ★★★★☆

This book is primarily a book about friendship and how holding grudges can bring untold pain and suffering.  It is told in two timelines.  A first-person account from Young-sook sharing the details of her life from the 30s up until the 70s.  And a third person account from 2008 when Young-sook is an elderly woman and encounters the American descendants of Mi-ja and tries her best to avoid them. This book is focused on the woman centred culture on the island of Jeju, where the women feed their families by what we would call 'free diving'.  The men stay at home and look after the babies, cook and clean.  The divers are called haenyeo and are the centre of this culture.

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