26 Books Challenge 2017 · Books

26 Books in 2017 Book 21: A Book That Will Improve A Specific Area Of Your Life

This, for me, has been the trickiest choice so far in the 26 Books Challenge. Reading in general is a life-enhancing, life–improving activity as far as I’m concerned. Life in general is improved by books The reading of books has the potential to educate, inform and guide. And besides that, and perhaps even more importantly,… Continue reading 26 Books in 2017 Book 21: A Book That Will Improve A Specific Area Of Your Life

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Book Review: Champagne For Breakfast by Maggie Christensen @MaggieChriste33 #MondayBlogs #BookReview

  My Review: I suspected I’d enjoy this book as I’ve liked earlier books by this author. And I was right. I enjoyed Champagne for Breakfast very much. I usually gauge how much a book has got me hooked by how late I stay up reading it. This one was took me into ridiculously late… Continue reading Book Review: Champagne For Breakfast by Maggie Christensen @MaggieChriste33 #MondayBlogs #BookReview

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26 Books in 2017 Book 20: A Book That Has Been Translated

The Millennium Trilogy by Steig Larsson. Unlike most of the other books in this challenge, number 20 was an easy choice and came to mind immediately. Originally written in Swedish and subsequently translated into English (the language in which I read them), this dark, psychological, crime thriller trilogy ranks amongst my most favourite ever reads.… Continue reading 26 Books in 2017 Book 20: A Book That Has Been Translated

Reflecting · Writing

Clubbing for Writers: Competitions, Conferences and Connections

Listening, Linking and Learning Writing can be a lonely job.There are times when it can feel as if your only friends are your imaginary ones. Most of us work alone. There are no colleagues to chat to over coffee or to share lunch breaks with. There’s nobody on hand to help if you hit a… Continue reading Clubbing for Writers: Competitions, Conferences and Connections

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Book Review: My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal @KitdeWaal @PenguinRHUK #bookreview #MondayBlogs

Charming but realistic, moving but full of hope. The standard of the writing and storytelling in this book is so high, it’s hard to believe this is Kit de Waal’s first novel. And telling the story from the point of view of a nine-year-old child isn’t the easiest of things for an adult novelist to… Continue reading Book Review: My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal @KitdeWaal @PenguinRHUK #bookreview #MondayBlogs

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26 Books in 2017 Book 18: A Previously Banned Book

Lady Chatterley’s Lover – Prohibition did it no harm Book number 18 in the challenge has to be a book that was previously banned. Originally published privately in 1928, DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover wasn’t widely available until it was picked up for publication by Penguin at the end of the 1950s. But before it… Continue reading 26 Books in 2017 Book 18: A Previously Banned Book

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Book Review: Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty @maclavertyB @JonathanCape #bookreview #MondayBlogs

Simply Superb Storytelling If I was about to be exiled to a desert island and I could take only three books with me MacLaverty’s 1998 novel, Grace Notes, would be one of them. It was my introduction to this author’s work and I’ve been a fan ever since. But being a fan of MacLaverty’s novels… Continue reading Book Review: Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty @maclavertyB @JonathanCape #bookreview #MondayBlogs

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine @GailHoneyman @HarperFiction #bookreview #Monday Blogs

Original, warm and poignant.  I loved this book. I loved the excellent writing and I loved Eleanor. Eleanor, who narrated her own story, describes herself as a survivor. She’s right. She has survived a terrible childhood trauma, and, as she sees it, now’s she’s in her thirties with a job and a flat, she’s completely… Continue reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine @GailHoneyman @HarperFiction #bookreview #Monday Blogs