Book Review: The Swan Thieves

I read The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova a while ago and thought it was time for an improved version of my initial review. I like my books neatly stacked on the shelf and my book reviews - in one place. So I am stacking here. I have tried a couple of times to read Kostova’s other novel, The Historian, but …

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Tuesday Top 10 – Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

I've been planning to do a Top 10 Tuesday post for ages - I love lists and more than lists I love bookish lists (more than bookish lists I think I love shopping lists I have the cash to cover, but this is really a useless observation, since those lists tend to get longer and the cash - to …

3 Days, 3 Quotes

I was tagged by the wonderful Giovanna at Book Hag to do the “3 Days, 3 Quotes” Challenge,and so I shall! Game on, and thank you, Giovanna, for thinking of this fellow bookish nerd here. Rules: 1. Thank the person who nominated you. 2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day). 3. …

The Polygamous Reader – A Survival Guide (+ handout)

Do you read one book from start to finish and only start the next one when you have, in all honesty, marked it as 'Read' on Goodreads? No, I didn't think so. Polygamous reading is easy to slide into, sometimes just a package delivery away. Imagine this - you are enjoying a delicious macchiato with your Currently-Reading belle …

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

There will always be a special place in my heart for Gone With the Wind and Scarlett, the veritable epitome of grace an virtue. This is certainly one of the books that defined my teenage reading experience (what was that? YA?) and I so wish I had not read it like a thousand times already. If you are …

23 Thoughts I Had About The Goodreads Reading Challenge

(1 January) I killed this challenge last year, now it's time to overachieve Hmm, these folks vow 100 books? What's wrong with them! Most of my friends have vowed 100 books! What's wrong with me? Amma stay real. 20. Real but ambitious. 50. Who am I kidding, I hardly managed 15 last year. Yeah, 15 - a third of them being …

Memorable Writing: Drums of Autumn (Part 1)

When I picked up Outlander, I expected an enjoyable romance, where I had the legit right to imagine hunk Sam Heughan as protagonist. I did not expect a writing lesson or public bursts of laughter that made me look like a crazy person; but I got both. And thank God! (or rather - thank you, Diana Gabaldon!) …