A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier

A Single Thread is a charming read.  It is a book I would happily read again

I have read all of Tracy Chevalier’s earlier books. (Girl with a Pearl Earring is a perennial favourite.)  But as can happen, I’ve gradually lost touch with her later books – always intending to catch up and never quite managing it.  Her latest book, A Single Thread, is my first foray into reading through The Pigeonhole – a new experience in itself – and at last, a return to this popular author.  It didn’t disappoint. Continue reading “A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier”

Six Degrees of Separation: from The Paris Wife to …

It’s already time for Six Degrees again, hosted by Kate at booksaremyfavouriteandbest.

From the starter title provided by Kate, create a chain of six books, each one linked to the one before.  This month is a wildcard: we each start our chain with the book we ended on last month.  For me that was The Paris Wife by Paula McLain.  Although each book is only required to link to its predecessor, often a theme arises or a choice spins back to an earlier link.  This month is no different in that regard.  It is different in that beyond the starter book, none of the others are books that I’ve read; they are all books that I very much want to read.  So perhaps this chain will give me a nudge!  It also takes me on a whistle-stop tour across the globe, sampling cultures far removed from my own.  We begin in France. Continue reading “Six Degrees of Separation: from The Paris Wife to …”

Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner

Women have such vivid imaginations and lead such dull lives.  Their pleasure in life is so soon over; they are so dependent on others, and their dependence so soon becomes a nuisance. (p. 234)

Published 1926

Read for Sylvia Townsend Warner Week20 Books of Summer, and the Classics Club Continue reading “Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner”

Six Degrees of Separation: from Where the Wild Things Are to …

It’s been exactly a year since I last participated in Six Degrees which is hosted by Kate at booksaremyfavouriteandbest.

From the starter title provided by Kate, six links create a chain of books which invariably surprises me by where it finally ends up.

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