Tag Archives: books

Why It’s Hard to Get Things Done

(The inimitable Garth Williams — magical illustrations!) It’s been a bouncy morning on Twitter. Lots of amusing conversations happening (building restoration, old movies, books — always books). Now I’m brushing my teeth and I hear myself saying, “Where’s Pa going … Continue reading

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Best Books of 2014

[Photo captured from Pinterest, via padfootwhiskersandwings.com] It’s the time of year when books editors are frantically pestering every author and celebrity they know to ask one of two questions: 1. What were your Best Books of 2014? or 2. What book would … Continue reading

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I’ve Written a Letter to Santa….

Now where I come from, you’re not even allowed to think about Christmas until the entire Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has passed by, culminating with Santa in his sleigh. I do own a calendar and I am mindful of the … Continue reading

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Asking Forgiveness

Dear Everyone kind enough to tune in and follow this blog. Thank you for your patience. I have not abandoned blogging or book reviewing. I have, however, been busy with a capital B and that rhymes with Gee and also … Continue reading

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Things To Read

  [Woman Reading (1922). Boris Grigoriev (Russian, 1886–1939). Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.] Sorry I’ve been slacking in my posts. I’d promise to do better but Edinburgh’s about to enter festival season and I’m doing Fringe reviewing and Edinburgh International … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: The Year of Reading Dangerously

  The Year of Reading Dangerously How Fifty Great Books Saved My Life By Andy Miller 4th Estate, £12.99 hardback, also available as an e-book Those of us who love books also love books about books, and The Year of … Continue reading

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Is It Different for Girls?

When my teacher assigned this book I was deeply unhappy. Despite growing up on a diet of picture books featuring both boys and girls, despite learning to read with the “Dick and Jane” primers, I was utterly certain that I’d … Continue reading

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Making Bookcases with Dad

As you’ll know from previous posts, I am a bibliophile with no wish to join a 12 Step programme that’ll cure me of the addiction. Like a great many addictions, it has been passed down by my family via nature … Continue reading

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Reading is Fundamental

Learning to read is the most important thing that ever happened to me. My father taught me how to read long before it was broached at school by encouraging me to write a book. That’s the object represented by the … Continue reading

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