Underwhelmed…

Two books, high expectations for both – unfortunately I was underwhelmed… Continue reading

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The Top 47 from the Best Books of 2017 List of Lists

This is my community service to book-bloggers – a list of the books that appear most frequently on all of the lists (32 of them) I listed on Best Books of 2017 – A List of Lists.

So here it is, the 2017 Commonly-Agreed-by-the-People-Who-Publish-Best-of-2017-Book-Lists-Before-December-31 top 47 books. Continue reading

Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner

There are two ways to approach Matthew Weiner’s novella, Heather, the Totality – take it at face value or ponder Weiner’s broader commentary.

Should you take it at face value, you’re in for a ripping afternoon’s read. It’s the fast-paced story of Karen and Mark Breakstone, whose only child, Heather, is the centre of their world. But someone enters Heather’s life who threatens the family’s perfect Manhattan existence.

If you want more to think about, Heather, the Totality offers opportunity to consider the influence of one’s upbringing (particularly poverty versus wealth); the impact of social inequity; and what justifies particular actions. Continue reading

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts – AV edition

01. I went to ’80s Mania’ a fortnight ago – Cutting Crew, Paul Young, Wang Chung, Go West and Taylor Dayne. I know, brilliant line up and they were all realistic about their performance (I think it was Cutting Crew who began by saying “We’re only playing four songs. One you’ll think was by REO Speedwagon and one you’ll know…I guess we could just play that one three times?!” Continue reading

Best Books of 2017 – a list of lists

 

It’s that time of the year when newspapers and magazines publish their ‘Best of 2017’ lists.

I know, it’s November…

I have noticed that this year many of the lists include a Best of 2017 ‘so far’ disclaimer – do you think the publishers have finally realised that a lot of reading can happen in the last five weeks of the year?! Or perhaps it’s a loophole so that they can publish another list when I reveal the list of books that made the most Best of 2017 lists? Either way, all of these fabulous lists will probably do some serious damage to the TBR stack.

The Best of 2017 According to #ALLTHELISTS will be coming in the next week or so – stay tuned! Continue reading