– 2018/153 – 48 years of books (1984)

Hotel du Lac (Anita Brookner) I can’t believe that nobody had ever suggested this book to me before… why??  It is simply brilliant.  Not in a shout out brilliant, but in a modest, subtle, elegant way brilliant.  Yes, it’s an elegant book, that’s it. Edith writes romantic novels under a pseudonym but her life is […]

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– 2018/151 – 48 years of books (2004)

American Gods by Neil Gaiman Gosh, where do I start with this one.  Ok, first… I almost didn’t read it and it nearly end up in a charity bag a few times..Firstly because i don’t why I bought this it.  Last year I had read another one of his, The Ocean at the end of […]

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– 2018/150 – 48 years of books (2000)

I know, I know… another post about books but I’m really behind with my books posts so you might get more in the next few days. Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin. This was given to me by my sister in law who’s a primary school teacher and I wasn’t sure at all about it … […]

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– 2018/148 – 48 years of books (2006)

The Road by Cormac Mc Carthy Time is a funny thing.  If you’d asked me about this book before last week I’d have told you that the my first attempt at reading it was during college… but that is not possible because when I looked into it was published 11 years after I graduated.  Weird, […]

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– 2018/146 – 48 years of books (1982)

The colour purple by Alice Walker. Published in 1982, it won the Pulitzer Price for Fiction in 1983. It is such a well known and famous book I’m not going to sit here and critique it… it would be ridiculous, I’m just kind of ashamed it took me so long to read it, although to […]

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– 2018/139 – 48 years of books (2008)

White Tiger by Arvind Adiga I’ve been sitting in front of the computer for a while and I don’t really know what to say about this book.  Let me begin by saying that I ‘enjoyed’ reading it, it’s well written, it flows, it’s funny, it keeps you engaged… until you stop and realise that you […]

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– 2018/133 – 48 years of books (1980)

Emmeline (by Judith Rossiter) A laugh a minute it ain’t, but I really enjoyed reading it. The story is a fictionalized account of the life of Emeline Bachelder Gurney. Both anecdotal and documented evidence have been found about Gurney’s life. Emmeline is 13 and when her farming family in Maine falls into hard times she is […]

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– 2018/122 – 48 years of books (1989)

Like Water to Chocolate (Laura Esquivel) First things first… don’t you hate when they publish book with a movie tie-in cover?  I do.        Normally I wouldn’t buy a book like in that edition, but I had always wanted to read this one and I knew that if I let it pass me […]

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– 2018/119 – 48 years of books (1979)

The bloody chamber by Angela Carter. One of the best thing to come out of this 48 years of books experiment has been the discovery of new writers thanks to a bit of gambling on my behalf and people’s recommendations.  It goes without saying that occasionally this approach can backfire. Case in point my latest […]

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– 2018/117 – 48 years of books (1983)

‘Heartburn’ by Nora Ephron. Two things, actually no, three things made me buy this book.  Reason non 1: the cover… I know, I know, the old adagio still stand, don’t judge a book by its cover… but sometimes I do, we all do.  We judge people and fruit and shoes by the way they look, […]

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