I’m waiting for…

Commitment to reduce the TBR stack…? What commitment?

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2017: What I Read

Here’s my year in books (with thanks to the Goodreads record keeping tool): Continue reading

Six Degrees of Separation – from It to L.A. Candy

It’s time for #6degrees. Join in and see where your book chain takes you. Continue reading


Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

There’s pride, there’s prejudice, and there’s also text break-ups, reality tv, ‘hate sex’, Bitcoin, jogging, and Ivy League schools in Eligible, Curtis Sittenfeld’s fabulous, frothy take on the Austen classic, Pride and Prejudice.

The brilliance in Sittenfeld’s rendering of Pride is that she stayed absolutely true to the story (a ridiculous social-climber plots to marry-off her five daughters to suitable, wealthy men), and yet made it very much her own.

All five  girls had then gone on to private colleges before embarking on what could euphemistically be called non-lucrative careers, though in the case of some sisters, non-lucrative non-careers was a more precise descriptor.

The story is set in Cincinnati (Sittenfeld’s hometown) and we find Liz as a magazine journalist; Jane, a yoga instructor; Mary doing her third online masters degree; and Kitty and Lydia gadding about eating high-protein meals and attending CrossFit. Continue reading


20 Books of Summer (except that it’s winter)

Cathy at 746 Books is hosting the 20 Books of Summer reading challenge again this year. I’m joining in, with a particular effort to read from my stacks of hard copies. The challenge is straightforward – read twenty books between June 1st and September 3rd. Continue reading


Six Degrees of Separation – from Midnight’s Children to Sisterland


It’s time for #6Degrees – join in! Link up! Get into it!

We begin this month with Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (as picked by Jenny). I haven’t read it but my husband has – this is significant because my husband rarely reads novels. Continue reading


New release Reading Roulette


I have some April and May ARCs in my TBR stack – which one should I read first? Continue reading


Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts


1. I have a new* book and it’s superb. Actually, beyond superb. Continue reading


Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR


2016, the year of buying no books, does not mean the year of no new releases for me. Bless you and your generosity, publishers.

Here are ten ARCs hovering near the top of my staggering TBR stack –

1. Why We Came to the City by Kristopher Jansma – twentysomethings in New York. Brilliant. Continue reading


Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts


1. Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings, and for those who find tinsel distracting, Happy Festivus.

“Frank invented a holiday? He’s so prolific!” Continue reading