It occurs to me that I’ve not been typing up my list of books wot I’ve read this year. Let’s rectify that right now. Continue reading
I love science-fiction, of all types, and have since I was a little girl devouring every book my local library had to offer. According to
I’ve been buying the ‘Keys to the Kingdom’ books by Garth Nix since 2003 when Mister Monday was released. Even though I love everything of Nix’s that I’ve read, I never have gotten around to Mister Monday. I’ve been picking the rest of the series up in dribs and drabs over the years, until Superior Saturday was the only title I was missing. And now it’s finally made it’s way into my lazy, lazy hands! The only problem now is that although Grim Tuesday through to Lord Sunday are on my bookcases in Glasgow, Mister Monday is marooned back in Ireland…
I started reading the ‘Discworld’ series in the mid-90s, borrowing titles from my best friend’s brother. Once I’d exhausted his collection, I started buying the titles myself, starting with Carpe Jugulum in 1999. I’ve kept up to date with Terry Pratchett’s publications since then, and have been picking up earlier books in charity shops and sales. For years now, I’ve had a list of the ‘Discworld’ novels that I needed written on a post-it note in my wallet. With my find of Soul Music at a local library sale (seriously, why are they getting rid of Pratchett titles?), that post-it note is no more
Spotted this cracker of a book in an Oxfam window recently. I had assumed that it must be an American publication, given the differing meanings of the word ‘cider’ between the USA and the UK, but the amazon listing for the book tells me otherwise:
“Cider with Rosie” is the first part of the poet Laurie Lee’s (1914-1997) autobiographical trilogy. It describes his life in the Gloucestershire village of Slad from his earliest years until he was twenty. He tells of thin winters, fat summers, local legends and ghosts, of neighbours and relations, and of growing up against a half-pagan landscape in which violence and madness, country follies and feasts were all part of one pastoral mess-pot.
That description doesn’t seem to match the cover at all! To be fair, I suppose not many people are writing books about getting pissed on cider with teenage girls
Thanks to Lianne over at
Entertainment Weekly recently published a list of ‘The 100 Greatest Novels Ever’, along with sublists of the greatest Graphic Novels, Short-Story Collections, Mysteries and Thrillers and Hollywood Tell-Alls. There are indications in the titles of the categories alone that the lists might not be the best, but I always enjoy seeing what I have and haven’t read when these things are put together Continue reading
Picked up a few books today, whilst bumbling around on my lunchbreak.
- The Coronet Story Annual for Girls
- For the School Colours by Angela Brazil
- The Libraries of Thought & Imagination: An Anthology of Books and Bookshelves
For the School Colours has a mostly intact dustwrapper and a bookplate from 1929 for first class marks at the Sabbath School Examinations at the West United Free Church, Greenock, while The Coronet Story Annual for Girls includes illustrated stories by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer and Winifred Norling. Delighted!