For the Love of Books | Currently Reading November 2017

My reading throughout November was something of a mixed bag.Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford: According to the author's website, this story set "against a rich backdrop of post-Victorian vice, suffrage, and celebration ... is an enchanting tale about innocence and devotion—in a world where everything, and everyone, is for sale".  Although the back story of the … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading November 2017

For the Love of Books | Currently Reading October 2017

October saw me devour a few excellent novels! Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson:  "For one boy, fitting in means standing out."  I loved, loved, loved this story.  Frank is the 10-year-old son of a one-hit-wonder author (think Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird).  The story revolves around Frank, Mimi, his mother, as she … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading October 2017

My Life in Three Books

It dawned on me recently that my top three favourite books are my top three for a reason.  Sure, they're brilliantly written and one definitely counts as a modern classic, but the real reason I love them is because parts of my life are in them.  I know that sounds a wee bit fanciful, but let me … Continue reading My Life in Three Books

Memos: Mail: Me

After what felt like aeons without Happy Mail of the Received Kind, I took delivery this past week of a fun, and fabulous, new bag (which I purchased here).  I used it over the weekend and it attracted a lot of positive comments and discussion about whether everyone had actually read all the listed titles. The weekend saw … Continue reading Memos: Mail: Me

What Caught My Eye #12

"... there's a typical look of the mother:skin a little ashier than the average woman her age,hollows under the eyes a little more pronounced,a smile playing about her lips as the eyes dart nervously, wondering what might happen next.She is sometimes proud, sometimes amused.She is never quite relaxed."~ Judith Newmanfrom her book To Siri, With Love: A … Continue reading What Caught My Eye #12

For the Love of Books | Currently Reading September 2017

September's seen in a drop in how much reading I've managed. Just one finished, with one on the go and two waiting. The novel I finished (on Kindle) was The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh. Imagine a place populated by criminals - people plucked from their lives, with their memories altered, who've been granted new identities … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading September 2017

LSNED | Days 11-15

11 September: The arrival of Season 3 of Outlander on Amazon Prime makes me happy.12 September: Sometimes, all you need to be is a good listener.13 September: Sometimes, showing up is what's important.The Boy Child turned out for the Year 6 football (soccer) team trial,knowing in his heart of hearts that it was highly unlikelythat he would be … Continue reading LSNED | Days 11-15

For the Love of Books | Currently Reading August 2017

I find it more difficult during the longer days of Summerto get stuck into a page-turner of a good read.That said, two recent gems have been Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterleyand The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne.   Hidden Figures was initially recommended by a friend,but as a film I should see.  So I … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading August 2017