Book reviews, reading projects and general reflections: a blog devoted to my love of all things literary.
I’ll be trying to be varied in terms of topics, genres and periods, with a determined focus on staying (somewhat) up to date with recent publications. Overall, however these are probably going to be a highly subjective selection of the best of what I’m reading. I’m a big fan of Jane Austen and am following her lead:
‘Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can’
This is my way of saying that I’m only really interested in reviewing books I enjoyed. This blog is for recommendations rather than reviews; it’s where I’ll be writing about the books that I want to remember!
I’m also using this site to keep a record of more specific reading projects I’ve set myself. You can see my reading hints for anyone wishing to tackle Zola’s fantastic 2o novel Rougon Macquart cycle, I’ve also recorded my conclusions after years of loving Gothic literature. In 2015, I saw what I’d learn through reading the Russian classics in chronological order. It’s all been hugely enjoyable and I’m open to suggestions for future reading projects.
Recommendations of other books I might like are very welcome! You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the blog comment feed.