Memoir fans – remember to put these books on your reading list

It’s Top Ten Tuesday time and the topic this week is ‘Ten Books Every X Should Read’. In my case, the X is for memoir fans.

The first five are those type of memoirs that are so horrifying that you have to keep checking whether they are not, in actual fact, fiction. The next bunch are not misery-memoirs at all – quite the opposite – they made me laugh. Continue reading

The best book soundtracks begin with ABBA


I have a very, very deep love for ABBA. I won’t try to explain it because if you’re not an ABBA fan, you’ll never understand (and why waste my time when I could be singing along to excellent tracks such as Bang a Boomerang?).

I’m not sure if I’m doing this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic right, but I figure if Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid can pose for a photo in tin foil, then anything goes. So, I’ve taken ten ABBA songs and matched them (very loosely) with ten books.

1. My Love, My LifeWilful Disregard by Lena Andersson Continue reading

Apron Anxiety: My Messy Affairs In and Out of the Kitchen by Alyssa Shelasky

Now you must put away the tiny violins before you read Alyssa Shelasky’s memoir, Apron Anxiety: My Messy Affairs In and Out of the Kitchen, or it’s likely to annoy the shit out of you. It’s a #firstworldproblems memoir – well-off girl makes good on her dream to be a writer living in New York; has a few disastrous love-affairs; can’t cook but falls in love with a celebrity chef (known only as Chef) and then begins her own food blog. Which of course is wildly successful. And now she’s editor of New York magazine’s gossipy Grub Street (it’s like Epicure’s Espresso column to the power of one hundred). But don’t hate Alyssa too much because her memoir is incredibly entertaining in a salacious, trashy-mag, celebrity-gossip kind of way. With recipes. I loved it. Continue reading