Monthly Archives: February 2009

Like Mother Like Daughter?

I’ve just read another two books about mothers and daughters. These short novels are rather different to the mother and daughter story in my last post though … Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante … is the first novel by one of Italy’s most acclaimed contemporary authors, a Neapolitan, who shuns publicity and is rather an enigma. I found it very… Read more »

Songs of Blue and Gold by Deborah Lawrenson

A few weeks ago the author of this book Deborah Lawrenson, having followed a trail from a comment I’d left on dovegreyreader scribbles to my blog, sent me a note to ask if I’d like to read her latest book. I was absolutely delighted, as once I’d visited Deborah’s website her books sounded very much my cup of tea. Being… Read more »

Reducing the TBR mountains & Giveaway result!

As one commenter said, when they offered some of their non-wanted books as giveaways – no-one else wanted them either. Back at the beginning of the month I offered three of my books, culled under my new book-keeping rules, and in truth I wasn’t overwhelmed with offers to take them off my hands, but a few were keen, so here… Read more »

Bring on the revolution?

The Courilof Affair by Irene Nemirovsky The Russian Minister for Education, Courilof, is notorious for his cold-bloodedness and brutality and has been selected to be liquidated publicly to send a message to the masses that the revolution is coming. It’s 1903 and Leon M is assigned to the task. His initial job is to become part of Courilof’s household so… Read more »

I’m not going out on Tuesdays now (unless I get back early!)…

Last night saw the return of one of my favourite TV series from last year – the second season of Mad Men started, and it looks just as good as ever. Everything about this show is so stylish, they put an immense amount of research into getting it exactly right for the period at the start of the 1960s in… Read more »

Stevenson Under the Palm Trees by Alberto Manguel

An odd little novella about Robert Louis Stevenson; this edition is lushly produced with posh covers and illustrated with some of Stevenson’s own woodcuts (at 105 pages of big text it needs to justify its £7.99 price tag!). It’s a story based on Stevenson’s last days in Samoa as he is dying of tuberculosis. After his meeting with a newly… Read more »

Incoming …

AnnaBookBel   February 10, 2009   No Comments on Incoming …

I have to share this wonderfully titled book with you – I couldn’t resist it. Up a tree in the park at night with a hedgehog by Paul Robert Smith sounds brilliant fun, quirky and probably full of black humour. The blurb mentions that the main character Benton Kirby has a girlfriend with a history of suicidal pets for instance,… Read more »


AnnaBookBel   February 10, 2009   No Comments on Bookmooching

Having been encouraged by a comment from Esther a couple of posts down the page (see my giveaway), I joined Bookmooch ( yesterday. I was put off before, as Bookmooch is not a straight-forward swapping forum like ReadItSwapIt. In BM essentially you list the books you’re willing to give away, people request them and you get points which you use… Read more »

Driven slush!

AnnaBookBel   February 5, 2009   No Comments on Driven slush!

Wasn’t it Mae West who said ‘I’m as pure as the driven slush‘? Anyway, after moderately heavy snowfall overnight, by lunchtime driven slush what we have on our roads here. Our side road is still very thick slush, but the main road outside is fine. As the snow was fresh last night and we haven’t had a freeze to make… Read more »

My new rules for keeping books once read & GIVEAWAY!

It’s no good, my book mountains seem to be more and more like the Himalayas every day, new piles thrust up from spare bits of floor in the study, and existing ones seem to get higher and higher. I’ve probably got about fifteen years worth of reading if I can manage a hundred or more books a year! There are… Read more »

Friday Nights by Joanna Trollope

Recently I saw Joanna Trollope talk about her latest novel Friday Nights and wrote about it here. She was a great speaker and we had fun listening to her talk about her new experiences in researching for this book, and I had no hesitation in getting a signed copy. Now I’ve read the book, and, while it was enjoyable, I… Read more »