The Go-Between by L P Hartley

FictionFan, Rose and I agreed to each post our thoughts on this novel today and compare our responses.  Despite a three-month window in which to prepare, I am of course writing at the last minute with little time to reflect.  And perhaps this is a good thing because I know that I could reflect on this book for weeks and a post about it would be the subject of endless edits and revisions to the point where quite possibly it never got posted at all. Continue reading “The Go-Between by L P Hartley”

WWW Wednesday 16/10/19

IMG_1384-0WWW Wednesday is currently hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.  Each week there are three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I was so late with this last week that I thought maybe I would skip today’s post.  But here I am, all good to go, so why not… Continue reading “WWW Wednesday 16/10/19”

Bone China by Laura Purcell

My own mind is not sound; I am the last person entitled to laugh at this unfortunate, deranged woman. But perhaps that is why I hate her so much. I see in her the damage a maid can do to her mistress. I see elements of myself.

My wish list is strewn with books written in recent years which fall into the historic/gothic genre, none of which I have so far managed to start.  I want to; it just hasn’t happened.  Bone China by Laura Purcell has finally got me over the starting line, courtesy of The Pigeonhole.  This is my first book by Laura Purcell and hopefully it’s clear that I’m not well-versed in the work of modern gothic writers in general so what follows should be read with those caveats in mind.  It’s also not easy to describe this book whilst avoiding spoilers but I can say with conviction that I loved it!  An excellent choice to kick off my RIP XIV reads. Continue reading “Bone China by Laura Purcell”

WWW Wednesday 9/10/19

IMG_1384-0WWW Wednesday is currently hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.  Each week there are three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I missed Wednesday; almost made Thursday and now it’s Friday Saturday.  Ah well.  The answers are the same today as they would have been yesterday and the day before. Continue reading “WWW Wednesday 9/10/19”

WWW Wednesday 2/10/19

IMG_1384-0WWW Wednesday is currently hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.  Each week there are three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

This seems to be working well for me.  Even if I’ve not been able to post anything else, having one weekly post to produce has been manageable.

A month of disappointing September weather has departed, making way for some disappointing October weather (so far) and  leaving me with a streaming and debilitating cold.  Not what I would choose as an ideal start to autumn!  But there are always books.

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Classics Club spin #21

The 21st Classics Club spin will be spun on 23rd September.  The book corresponding to the chosen number should be read by 31st October.  I was intending to add a sentence or two about how I do always read whichever book comes up from my list, I just rarely get the review written – but I see, reading more carefully, that the Classics Club post doesn’t actually ask for the review to be posted by then, merely that the book has been read.  This makes me very happy!  Continue reading “Classics Club spin #21”