Fishbowl by Bradley Somer

Things I liked about Bradley Somer’s Fishbowl:

1. That the fish is called Ian. I like pets that have very much human names e.g. Graham, Kevin, Patricia.

2. Chapter headings that tell you a little of what’s to come. E.g. “In Which Petunia Delilah Learns That Birthing Can Become Complicated and That Her Housekeeping Skills Could Use Honing” and “In Which Homeschooled Herman Finds the Consciousness That He Recently Misplaced” and “In Which Claire the Shut-In Immerses Herself in an Edible History” and “In Which Petunia Delilah Gets a Fucking Ice Cream Sandwich“. Continue reading

Six Degrees of Separation – from The Paying Guests to Anna Karenina


It’s six degrees of separation for books. Created by Emma Chapman and Annabel Smith. Check out the rules if you want to play along.

This month the chain begins with The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. It appeared in my round-up of the best books for 2014, as did The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison. Continue reading

20 books of Summer (except that it’s Winter)

20-books-of-summer-master-imageIn light of my post about my Netgalley habit and the fact that after June 19th I’ll have oodles of reading time (because exams will be over), I’ve decided to join Cathy’s 20 Books of Summer reading challenge. Except that it’s winter here. And therein lies the really ace thing about reading – it’s suited to #ALLTHESEASONS. Yes, there’s nothing better than having sand in the crack of your paperback (you thought I was going to say something else, didn’t you?) but it’s equally lovely to burrow under the doona, warm and toasty, and kill an hour with a book. Continue reading