I've returned to the library this year, after an extended absence. I was a big public library user as a child. My sisters and I pillaged our local often, and I met some of my favourite books there (Sabriel and The Amulet of Samarkhand for starters). In both primary and high school I was a … Continue reading A Borrower, Be
You know the saying, 'Don't judge a book by its cover'? Well, today I have thoughts on that. I tend to pay a lot of attention to covers. As a book buyer, I tend to favour the pretty ones. As a bookseller, I rely on them - not completely but significantly - in order to … Continue reading Don’t Trust a Book…
I spotted this over at Book Bastion. It's been a while since I've done a tag, and while I DO have other content brewing, the posts are still undercooked, so here goes: 1. Find a book for each of your initials. Abhorsen by Garth Nix - I go on and on about Sabriel, but I … Continue reading My Life in Books Tag
One of my sisters shared a news story with me last week, about the discovery of novel fragments aboard the wreck of Blackbeard's ship, The Queen Anne's Revenge. Which is pretty cool. I am a BIG fan of literary pirates, so here's a list: Alosa from Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller - … Continue reading Ahoy, Booklovers!
I have always been a cat person. I enjoy the company of cats, and if I encounter one will try to make friends... this despite late-onset allergies. My family cat was a beautiful, imperious little creature called Sassy, who lived to a great age and left us only recently. When I go to my parents' … Continue reading Kitty Literature
And so I return to my 'Other People's Bookcases' project. Meet Sibling I, a Japanophile and Japanese speaker. You may detect a theme... Favourite book(s)? Unbeaten Tracks in Japan by Isabella Bird. ...Why? 'Unbeaten Tracks' is a travel chronicle by the first Englishwoman to travel solo to the northern reaches of Japan. The author is … Continue reading Other People’s Bookcases 3
'Tempests and Slaughter' by Tamora Pierce Children's/YA fantasy Synopsis Arram Draper is on the path to becoming one of the realm's most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness - and for attracting trouble. At his side are his … Continue reading Review: ‘Tempests and Slaughter’