Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

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A few notable bookish things –

1. This brilliant round-up of the best book covers for 2014 (tweeted by Jenny).

2. This list of books that made us cry in 2014. I do love a good cry over a book.

3. NPR’s Book Concierge – a gimmick but fun.

4. Scott’s crap book of the year list made me laugh. Out loud. Especially this bit – Continue reading

Top Picks for Book Groups

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I’ve mentioned my book group previously. I love them all dearly but they’re not flash at reading the book. That would drive some people mental but, after 15 years, I’m okay with it. On the upside, whenever my book group actually does talk about the book for more than a few minutes, the book was obviously a good pick.

Over the last month or so, two of my Twitter buddies have asked for book group recommendations. Here’s what I suggested (all being books that got my book group really talking) – Continue reading

‘My Ideal Bookshelf’ by Thessaly La Force and Jane Mount

I just came into possession of the most divine book – My Ideal Bookshelf, edited by Thessaly La Force and illustrated by Jane Mount. Let me stress, if you’re looking for a Christmas gift for book lovers (and they are difficult to buy for because you don’t know what they’ve already read…) this book is perfect. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – Books to Make You Cry

Arm yourself with a king-sized box of tissues.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new ‘top ten’ challenge is posted – anyone can join in. This week’s topic is a freebie, so I’ve picked the Top Ten Books to Make You Cry…. Nothing like a depressing start to November, hey?!

I read Jonathan Tropper’s latest release (One Last Thing Before I Go) through tears (of sadness and laughter). I happened to mention on Twitter that I had to stop reading the book a number of times because I was making a spectacle of myself whilst waiting for my son’s guitar lesson to finish (sobbing, there was snot and no tissue).

My sister-in-law revealed that she had never cried reading a book. Ever. I fired off some titles that had me bawling like a baby. Nope, has never cried. Which made me wonder, am I overly emotional? Do I get too caught up in what I’m reading?

So this list is really for my sister-in-law – I need to find the book that will move her to tears!

1. Of a Boy by Sonya Hartnett – without question the saddest, most heartbreaking book I have ever read. When I lent it to a friend she asked “Will I need counselling?”. “Yes,” I said, handing her a box of tissues. Get it on Kindle here. Continue reading

‘The Mysteries of Pittsburgh’ by Michael Chabon

It’s Gatsby meets Less Than Zero

I might be offending author Michael Chabon by comparing his debut novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, to some of the early work of Brett Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero was published only a few years before Mysteries but I guess four years is a long time in the world of publishing).

Anyway, think of the male friendship dynamic that was going on in Gatsby and add a layer of eighties Brat Pack. For good measure add a furore over the gay themes in the book. And let’s not forget Chabon went on to win a Pulitzer Prize (so he clearly knows what he’s doing).

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Make You Think

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new ‘top ten’ challenge is posted – anyone can join in. This week’s topic is the ‘Top Ten Books That Make You Think (About The World, People, Life, etc.)’. Well,  I had a long, hard think about the books that made me think. Here’s my list (not quite ten!):

1. & 2.  Beautiful Boy by David Sheff – the most moving, terrifying (true) story I have read in years. If you are a parent, you must read Beautiful Boy – it changed my perception of drug addiction and how families manage an addict. If you can stomach it, read Nic Sheff’s companion story, Tweak (equally harrowing). Continue reading