I cannot resist books.  If I take the boys to the library on a rainy day the eventual outcome is likely to be a massive fine for me as I see books that I like the look of and worry that I won’t remember them and so I have to check them out and they then sit on my bedside table while I renew them three times, unread, before taking them back.  I have banned myself from visiting the library while I deal with this compulsion.  Pages and Pages, the most loveliest of bookshops is very happy…

I honestly don’t think I would sleep as well if I wasn’t securely hemmed in by my pile of ‘to reads’.

The Hive by Gill Hornby

I’m enjoying this very light ‘mum’s lit’ novel about a group of primary school mums and their fundraising endeavours, sound familiar?  Luckily we did not have a queen bee.  I do like the idea of the gourmet gamble they put on!  Very light, easy to read, just what is required just now.


Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The new novel from the author of Half of a Yellow Sun which I adore.  Can’t wait to get reading this, set in Nigeria, America and London it follows two friends as they leave then return to their homeland.  Covering issues of race, immigration, globalisation while being at its heart a love-story.  Sounds wonderful.


On Writing by Stephen King

Andrew gave me this when I had my first article published.  I love dipping into it, lots of  fantastic advice given in a warm and humorous way.


Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

I am trying to plod on with this at the same time as others but not going very quickly.  A friend suggested I wouldn’t be able to put it down which I can see could happen as I do enjoy it when I get enough time to focus on it and I’m not exhausted.  It just requires more effort than I can muster of an evening just now.  It can stay there though, I will get there.


Calmer Easier Happier Parenting by Noel Janis-Norton

It was the recommendation by Helena Bonham-Carter that persuaded me…from the little I’ve squinted at it looks like a very good method, I just need to absorb it all before the transformation of my children can begin – watch this space….


High Sobriety by Jill Stark

I’ve been meaning to buy this for ages, I’ve started it and it looks like it might be quite addictive, much like its subject matter ha ha!


Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett

Since Narnia and Goodnight Mister Tom are among my favourites, I couldn’t resist this children’s book about some evacuees.  Can’t wait!


Perfect by Rachel Joyce

This beautifully designed book about two boys in 1972 and a parallel story set in the present caught my eye and was bought on a whim, it looks gorgeous and has had great reviews.


The Last Dance and other stories by Victoria Hislop

While I wait for her to pen another massive family novel I’m trying to eke out these perfect little tales.  Though love VH as I do, I have to admit to wishing they were longer…me and my penchant for verbosity.


Catching Babies by  Sheena Byrom and Tales of a Midwife by Maria Anderson

Hmm, during the teeny moment of time where I thought about training as a midwife I at least did the most important thing and bought some books.  I am have also been addicted to Call the Midwife so these are still here…




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  1. Some of my other writing and/or blogging friends all rave about Stephen King’s ON WRITING claiming it is simply the best book there is…. on writing. Good choice, Andrew!

    I’m pleased to see that I’m not the only one with a bedside table buckling under the weight of too many books being read concurrently. But where is the photo for us to look and poke fun at?! 😉

    So, I tend to have a couple of non-fiction books along the fiction at any given time, too. At the moment this is
    WILD by Cheryl Strayed and

    The fiction I’m reading in September is
    THE GIRL IN THE POLKA-DOT DRESS by Beryl Bainbridge
    THE MARRYING OF CHANI KAUFMAN by Eve Harris (though now it’s not made the Booker Shortlist, I may ditch it…. I’m ruthless… but it’s getting a bit boring) and
    BRAT FARRAR by Josephine Tey

    Have you read any of these, and what did you think?
    Katha (the bumbling reader) xxx


    • Katha your reading is positively skipping conpared to mine…i’m struggling to maintsin thw balance between reading and writing just now. I did get ‘The girl in the polka dot dress’ out of the library yesterday after you inspired me, i remember reading Master Georgie and Sweet William a few years ago. Did you read it? Did you like it? It’s on top of the pile – otherwise the fines will be massive! Will report what i think. Apols for tardy response. xxx


      • Honestly, I didn’t enjoy “The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress” very much…. but I had to read it for a book club, so I finished it, but I suspect it’s one of these books I won’t even remember having read in a few years’ time. My favourite Beryl for sure is “Every Man for Himself” about the musicians aboard the Titanic. But perhaps I missed something in the Polka Dot book – tell me what you made of it.

        Right now, I’m reading a real page-turner (don’t like the word, but in this case, it really applies), a dark, possibly supernatural mystery set in NYC with lots of additional media use, e.g. there is an App, website extracts, SMS conversations, police report form etc. Very imaginative, original but super creepy. I met the author in Zurich last week, and she was fascinating. The book is called NIGHT FILM – I’m about 100 pages in (out of 600), and love the pace.

        Sorry about the late response, I didn’t get a notification that you’d replied. Hope your move is going well – very stressful, busy time, I don’t envy you. xxx


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