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’
I said the other week that I had a nonfiction TBR list ready to go: well, here it is. Admissions by Henry Marsh - I read Marsh's first memoir, Do No Harm, a couple of years ago, I think in one sitting. It left me staggered - feeling my mortality, I suppose. Marsh is a … Continue reading Adventures in Nonfiction: TBR
In 2017 I kept a reading journal, mostly because my memory is rubbish and I couldn't tell you what I read last week, but also because I thought it would be interesting to keep tabs on my choices and get some insights into my habits as a reader. I've run my numbers and this is … Continue reading Letters in Numbers: my 2017 reading stats
Christmas has come! I've just wrapped up (har har) the eight weeks or so of retail madness that constitute my festive season. My customers were well-behaved, my staff were lovely, and I sold a lot of books. Outside of work, I've been reviewing my reading journal, and will (I hope) spit out a summary post … Continue reading Best of 2017