Thursday, 22 January 2015

A Spot of Bother

A spot of bother
A Spot of Bother
Mark Haddon 

"At fifty-seven, George is settling down to a comfortable retirement, building a shed in his garden, reading historical novels, listening to a bit of light jazz. Then Katie, his tempestuous daughter, announces that she is getting remarried, to Ray. Her family is not pleased - as her brother Jamie observes, Ray has 'strangler's hands'. Katie can't decide if she loves Ray, or loves the way he cares for her son Jacob, and her mother Jean is a bit put out by the way the wedding planning gets in the way of her affair with one of her husband's former colleagues. And the tidy and pleasant life Jamie has created crumbles when he fails to invite his lover, Tony, to the dreaded nuptials.
Unnoticed in the uproar, George discovers a sinister lesion on his hip, and quietly begins to lose his mind."

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Train Man

Train ManTrain Man
Nakano Hitori
Translated by Bonnie Elliot
 "One day a shy otaku computer geek mentioned on the message forum how he had met a girl on a subway train."

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Top 5 Best and Worst books of 2014

Top 5 Best and Worst books of 2014

Another year is over and it's time to look forward to another great year of reading. But it's also a time to look back at all those great memories of the last year, and even those not so great memories. 

Here's our picks of the 5 best and worst books covered here on the blog over the past year. Be sure to leave your own favourites in the comments below. 

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Year in Books 2014

    And so another year of reading comes to a close. The story of 2014 ends and the tale of 2015 begins. 
It's been another great year of books for me, I managed to make my way through a hundred books, smashing my target of seventy five (but to be fair, a lot of them were short...).
   It's been a year of surprises, I've been disappointed by some of my favourite authors, surprised by authors I dislike and discovered many beautiful new stories that are sure to stick with me for years to come. 

   I'll be posting videos of my top and bottom five books in the next few days but in the meantime, enjoy this list (in reverse order because that's how GoodReads lists them) of the books I read over 2014 and be sure to tell me some of your favourite discoveries from the past twelve months in the comments below. 

Wishing you a happy new year of reading,

Monday, 29 December 2014

Notes on a Scandal

Notes on a Scandal
Notes on a Scandal 
Zoë Heller
 "Schoolteacher Barbara Covett has led a solitary life until Sheba Hart, the new art teacher at St. George's, befriends her. But even as their relationship develops, so too does another: Sheba has begun an illicit affair with an underage male student. When the scandal turns into a media circus, Barbara decides to write an account in her friend's defense—and ends up revealing not only Sheba's secrets, but also her own."

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Further Tales of the City

Further Tales of the City
Further Tales of the City
Armistead Maupin
 "The residents of 28 Barbary Lane are back again in this racy, suspenseful and wildly romantic sequel to Tales of the City and More Tales of the City.
DeDe Halcyon Day and Mary Ann Singleton track down a charismatic psychopath, Michael Tolliver looks for love, landlady Anna Madrigal imprisons an anchorwoman in her basement storeroom, and Armistead Maupin is in firm control."

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Moominpappa at Sea

Moominpappa at Sea
Moominpappa at Sea
Tove Jansson
 "When the Moomin family members need a change of scenery, they decide to take up residence in a lighthouse. As they discover their new home, the family also discover surprising, and wonderfully funny, new things about themselves."