What is a Novella? #NovNov

This week’s #NovNov prompt is ‘What is a novella?’, and invites bloggers to share their definition of a novella (and/or list favourites). Continue reading

Six Degrees of Separation – from Stasiland to All Our Shimmering Skies

It’s time for #6degrees. Start at the same place as other wonderful readers, add six books, and see where you end up.

This month we begin with Anna Funder’s examination of the East German Stasi – Stasiland. Continue reading

Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill by Dimitri Verhulst

A dense forest; a house on a hill; a beautiful woman pining for her husband and the music they once shared; her story simply told… Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill by Dimitri Verhulst has the hallmarks of a fairy-tale, however, what transpires is a delicate and surprising reflection on grief and the things we do to go on living after losing the person we love most.

Madame Verona and her husband built a home for themselves, tucked away on forested hill slopes above a small village. There they lived in isolation, practising their music, and chopping enough wood to see them through the freezing winters.

Fire was the primary fruit of these trees and warmth was the harvest. After three years’ seasoning, the wood gave them the smell that all gods undoubtedly use as a perfume and heat that makes anything produced by electric devices look like a joke. Continue reading

Which book next?

My TBR stacks are so high, I’d be mortified if anyone saw them. Anyone other than my husband of course, who seems to accept the growing towers of books by my bedside *expecting a call from Hoarders any day now….*.

With that in mind, why the hell am I playing around on Whichbook? Because I need more book suggestions of course…

Whichbook is a website devoted to finding the perfect titles to match your reading preferences. There are nifty little ‘slider’ bars that you can arrange in endless combinations to find the kind of book you’re after.So, if it’s a short book with lots of sex and a funny ending you want (I don’t but I combined odd things as a test), Whichbook suggests Ada’s Rules by Alice Randall will be spot on. Continue reading