Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

01. So it really has been ages since I did a Bookish post… Over the last two months I’ve had a terrific holiday in Hong Kong; had a tense wait for results after having three more moles removed (all clear. Get your skin checked everyone); wrote eleventy-billion words for uni; and moved house. Our new house has a superb Crepe Myrtle in the backyard. I can’t wait to see it flower. Continue reading

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Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

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It’s really just a Neapolitan version of Home and Away, isn’t it?

2/5 I’m really done now.

(review of first and second books here)

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Top Books for Book Groups that Like Wine and Whining

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Okay, today’s Top Ten topic is supposed to be serious – suggestions for book groups that are crazy for memoirs or going through a science-fiction phase or whatever whatever… I love my book group deeply. We’ve been together for 17 years and, to be honest, reading the book is optional. However, we are consistent when it comes to laughing, having a wine (and sometimes a whine). Continue reading

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

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Dear Book-Blogging-Corner-of-the-Interwebs,

I respect and trust your opinion on almost #ALLTHEBOOKS* but I feel like you’ve let me down on the Ferrante-front. You know what I’m talking about. You loved it. You promised a sinuous, immersive tale of life in Naples, of violence and fierce love, of female friendship and deep loyalty. You didn’t tell me it would be such a wretched slog. But I pushed through, trusting you. Continue reading

Six Degrees of Separation – from My Brilliant Friend to Swimming Home

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It’s time for #6Degrees (and as the new-ish host, I’m asking you in the loveliest possible way to join in!).

We begin this month with the first book in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet, My Brilliant Friend. I’ve only just started reading it, but the story focuses on two young girls who remain friends until adulthood. Continue reading

Christmas in Summer Reading Roulette

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I’m chugging along quite nicely on my end-of-year-and-into-the-next reading challenge, Christmas in Summer. I reckon I’ll be able to squeeze in a few more books before the close of 2015, so I’m relying on you to help me pick what to read next.

Hit it (and you can justify your choice in the Comments section if you are festively procrastinating about something and have time to burn). Thanks.