Four and a half minutes.

Book Review for “At the Stroke of Nine O'clock” by Jane Davis. Summary: On the 12th of August 1949, Big Ben was prevented from chiming at 9pm by four and a half minutes because a flock of starlings perched on the minute hand. This event initially panicked the British public, who didn’t know that it … Continue reading Four and a half minutes.

#LetsDiscuss2020 – Short, Medium, Long, Huge – #DiscussionSunday #14.

I have often said that a well crafted short story is a joy to behold, but I know that many people might disagree with me. So I was wondering... Does the length of a book or piece of creative writing become an important factor in your decision to read something? Disclaimer: These are my personal … Continue reading #LetsDiscuss2020 – Short, Medium, Long, Huge – #DiscussionSunday #14.

Women who Raced.

Book Review for “Fast Girls: A Novel of the 1936 Women's Olympic Team” by Elise Hooper. Summary: This biographical, historical fiction novel portrays the story of three women athletes who "join with others to defy society’s expectations of what women can achieve. As tensions bring the United States and Europe closer and closer to the … Continue reading Women who Raced.

#LetsDiscuss2020 – Why I Don’t Read YA Books – #DiscussionSunday #13.

One of my blogging friends recently put up a post where she seemed to have a very hard time trying to find both adult and YA books that don't have romance in them. While I don't seem to have that problem with the adult books I read, it occurred to me that I might have … Continue reading #LetsDiscuss2020 – Why I Don’t Read YA Books – #DiscussionSunday #13.

Perseverance and Survival.

Book Review for “Her Last Flight” by Beatriz Williams. Summary: In 1947, photographer and war correspondent Janey Everett arrives at a remote surfing village on the Hawaiian island of Kauai to research a planned biography of forgotten aviation pioneer Sam Mallory, who joined the loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War and never returned. Obsessed … Continue reading Perseverance and Survival.

#LetsDiscuss2020 – Bookish Social Media – #DiscussionSunday #12.

This was originally part of my overly long Finishing my Furlough discussion post, and it got practically no comments or reactions, so I thought I would make it into a separate discussion topic, which is: What do you think about all the different bookish social media platforms? Disclaimer: These are my personal opinions. I do … Continue reading #LetsDiscuss2020 – Bookish Social Media – #DiscussionSunday #12.

What Bugs Margery?

Book Review for "Miss Benson's Beetle" by Rachel Joyce. Goodreads Blurb: "It is 1950. In a devastating moment of clarity, Margery Benson abandons her dead-end job and advertises for an assistant to accompany her on an expedition. She is going to travel to the other side of the world to search for a beetle that … Continue reading What Bugs Margery?

#LetsDiscuss2020 – Am I a Politically Correct Reader? – #DiscussionSunday #10.

With the #BlackLivesMatter protests taking place across the globe, together with June being Gay Pride Month, I noticed that many bloggers have been putting up posts with their top ten books by authors of color, or their top ten LGBTQ+ books. Now, I don't like to mix politics with books on my blog. Still... I … Continue reading #LetsDiscuss2020 – Am I a Politically Correct Reader? – #DiscussionSunday #10.

A Revealingly Obscure Story.

Book Review for "The Mystery of Henri Pick" by David Foenkinos (Translated by Sam Taylor) "In the small town of Crozon in Brittany (France), a library houses manuscripts that were rejected for publication: the faded dreams of aspiring writers. Visiting while on holiday, young editor Delphine Despero is thrilled to discover a novel so powerful … Continue reading A Revealingly Obscure Story.

Flighty Fun.

Book Review for “The Lark” by E. Nesbit Written in 1922, this is one of E. Nesbit’s few adult works of fiction, and one of her last to be published before she died. The story follows two young cousins, Jane and Lucille (known mostly as Lucy), whose guardian seems to have lost all their inheritance … Continue reading Flighty Fun.