Shelf Control #32: Sketches by Boz

Wednesday, 29 January 2019, and the fifth Shelf Control post this year. Shelf Control is a feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles. If you'd like to participate, simply pick a book from your pile, write a post about it, and link back…

#MarieKondo #30BooksChallenge

Photo by Mikes Photos on Pexels.com Last year, Paula at Bookjotter put up a challenge of putting together a list of 100 books that you would choose to own, if you ousted every other book you owned. (Find her post here). I had planned to try this out as well but still hadn't gotten down…

Bookquotes: Quotes from Books (41)

"'Such nonsense!' declared Dr Greysteel. 'Whoever heard of cats doing anything useful!''Except for staring at one in a supercilious manner,' said Strange. 'That has a sort of moral usefulness, I suppose, in making one feel uncomfortable and encouraging sober reflection upon one's imperfections.'"  Sussana Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Image source: Pexels.

How Jack Began to View the World

By Arthur Rackam via Wikimedia Commons We've been seeing plenty of re-tellings lately, also books that explore the stories of what happens to characters from stories after we've "left" them--Alice some years later, for instance (like the new Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass movies or Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsay, which I…

As Old as Methuselah: Not Quite but the Ten Oldest Books on my TBR!!!

Methuselah, Carbonero el Mayor, Spain, Zarateman [CC0], from Wikimedia Commons. This month, I've been focusing on the oldest books on my TBR (January Reading Plans here), so just thought of a light post on the ten oldest books on my TBR. I have a physical--pen and paper--list of all the books that I've bought and…

Shelf Control #31: The Last Chronicle of Barset

Wednesday, the 23rd of January, and time once again for Shelf Control. This is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books on your TBR pile. To participate, pick any book from your TBR pile, write a post about it, and link back to Lisa's blog. Do also share your links…

Children’s Book of the Month: Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

Cover of the Companion Library Edition (1965, Grosset and Dunlap), the copy that I have The 1883 classic tale of the rather naughty wooden puppet. The translation I read was by M.A.  Murray, illustrated by Mariano Leone. The story begins with a carpenter Master Cherry coming upon a rather unusual piece of wood which seems…

Book Review: Maddy Alone by Pamela Brown

My thanks to Steerforth Press/Pushkin Press and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Maddy Alone is the second book in Pamela Brown’s Blue Door series. (Find my review of the first book, The Swish of the Curtain here). This one was first published in 1945 (the author must have been just out of…