Archive for October, 2009

Happy Halloween, everyone! What have you been doing this Halloween? Watching scary movies? Reading scary books? Trickin’ & treatin’? Or, hiding under the covers? Me – well, I’ve almost ignored Halloween completely, barring the couple of hours of TV that I indulged myself in. I meant to read Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived In […]


I absolutely loved The Shadow Of The Wind when I read it back in April, with its glimpse into old Barcelona, fantastic story-telling and hyperbolism extraordinaire. When The Angel’s Game hit the stores a few months back, I picked it out almost greedily, and stacked it on my bookshelf, waiting for the “right” time to […]


Dodie Smith’s I Capture The Castle is another one of those books with a fantastic opening line, which makes the reader want more: I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. That is, my feet are in it; the rest of me is on the draining board, which I have padded with our dog’s blanket […]


Meme Time

24Oct09

I’m having a really poor October, with respect to blogging. It’s almost embarrassing, but, believe it or not, I’m still ill, despite finishing two courses of antibiotics. Being at home has helped some – at least I get Mum’s cooking, and read my childhood favorites – but, I’m still feeling really awful. :( Anyway, I […]


Desperation leads one to do strange things; things one would not do under normal circumstances – things one would not even consider. This is the essence of one of the bleakest books I’ve read this year: Out. Natsuo Kirino’s bestseller follows four women working in a bento-box factory, who turn their lives upside down, as […]


It’s not that I’ve been neglecting my blog. It’s not that I’ve not been reading. It’s just that I’m really ill, with an “upper chest infection”. It’s not swine flu, which is a good thing… but, it does mean I’ve been on antibiotics, and in bed, and incapable of doing anything. No TV, no internet, […]


This past week, Borders re-released it’s 100 Favourite Books of All Times. Do you vote in these kinds of polls when they arise? Do you look through the list, or seek out books featured? I do, if I come across the polls. However, I didn’t see this poll, hence, nope to this one! I try […]