Book Review: A Short History of Spaghetti and Tomato Sauce by Massimo Montanari

My thanks to Europa Editions and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. A Short History of Spaghetti and Tomato Sauce is a short, readable, interesting and well-researched account of how Italy’s most iconic dish, described by some as the ‘premier Italian dish’, came to be. The author, Massimo Montanari, a professor of mediaeval…

Book Review: A Mystery at Lili Villa by Arathi Menon

My thanks to NetGalley and Yalli Books for a review copy of this book. The Mystery at Lilli Villa is a children’s mystery set in a small village in Kerala. We have 10-year-old Tam (Tamara) from Bangalore who is visiting her cousins Arj (Arjun) (11) and Mina (9) in Elathoor, Kerala for the summer holidays.…

Bookquotes: Quotes from Books (125) #TheWindintheWillows #Food #Quotes

The smell of that buttered toast simply talked to Toad, and with no uncertain voice; talked of warm kitchens, of breakfasts on bright frosty mornings, of cosy parlour firesides on winter evenings, when one’s ramble was over and slippered feet were propped on the fender; of the purring of contented cats, and the twitter of…

Children’s Book of the Month: The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge

This is a book that I hadn't read (or heard of) as a child, but was recommended to me by a 'book' friend who has led me to discover many 'new' favourites, and so I was very much looking forward to reading this. I had seen parts of a movie version of this (The Secret…

Breakfast Woes #poetry #AAMilne

MarmaladeImage source: Kate [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D How do you like your toast at breakfast? Hot, buttered "cut thick , very brown on both sides, with the butter running through the holes in it in great golden drops, like honey from a honeycomb", like Toad of Toad Hall, or with honey and condensed milk (but…

Malory Towers Challenge: Upper Fourth at Malory Towers

Book #4 for my Malory Towers challenge. I would like to clarify that for this ‘challenge’ I’m only reading the original six books written by Enid Blyton herself. There are six further books by Pamela Cox which explore more of Felicity’s adventures. Read a little about them on the World of Blyton Blog here.  …

Review: Tokyo Tarareba Girls, Vol. 1

My thanks to NetGalley for a review copy of this one.   This was my very first manga read. I have watched some of the animated versions of course, Fushigi Yuugi (Curious Play), Nodame Cantabile, Emma, and Yatitake Japan, among them but had never really read any. So when I saw this on NetGalley, and…

Children’s Book of the Month: Band of Soldiers by Sardindu Bandhyopadhyay

The first of my ‘theme’ reads this month (my reading theme is here), and this ‘King’ in question in this one is the Maratha warrior–king Shivaji, who ruled in the latter part of the seventeenth century. More about him here. This book, originally Bengali was written by Sardindu Bandhyopadhyay, a screenwriter (for both Bollywood and…

Five Findouters: Series and Challenge Review and Plans for My Next Enid Blyton Challenge

Last October onwards, I began reading the Five Findouters books by Enid Blyton, in chronological order for the first time. This was one of my favourite series as a child, and Blyton among my favourite authors (she still is), but while I had read all of the books (some many times over), I’d never read…