Sample Saturday – three stories about books

Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye. This week, all three samples are ones that I’ve had for years, and all three are stories based around books.

The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine

Summary: Laurel and Daphne –  identical twins who share an obsession with words. Their verbal infatuation begins to push them apart when Daphne becomes a copy editor and Laurel, a poet. ‘War’ is declared over custody of a prized family heirloom – a dictionary.

I’m thinking: Yes

When You Read This by Mary Adkins

Summary: After PR maven Smith Simonyi’s capable assistant, Iris, dies, he discovers her end-of-life blog, and her final request: for Smith to get her posts published as a book.

I’m thinking: No.

Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively

Summary: Claudia Hampton, a best-selling author of popular history, lies alone in a London hospital bed. She imagines writing a history of the world. Instead, it’s her own history.

I’m thinking: Yes.

17 responses

  1. I read Moon Tiger as a teenager and it was definitely not the right time. I’ve really enjoyed Penelope Lively more recently so I reckon it’s a good one to keep – and I should re-read it!

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