Six Degrees of Separation – from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo to


It’s time for #6Degrees, and it’s soooo easy to play – join us!

This month’s chain begins with Stieg Larsson’s Nordic thriller, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (thanks to Maria Helena for this suggestion). I haven’t read this book and when looking for clues to start my chain, I came across Paul’s review on Goodreads. Paul is possibly my favourite Goodreads reviewer – although our opinions don’t always match, he never fails to make me laugh. And I really laughed when I read his one-star take on The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes – Continue reading

The Virgins by Pamela Erens


New England setting? Check. Boarding school? Check. Teenage angst? Check.

You can read the blurb for Pamela Erens’s The Virgins here but in short, it’s about a teenage boy and girl (Seung and Aviva) who everyone thinks are hard at it at every opportunity but are in fact not at all. But not through want of trying. Hence the title. Continue reading

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts


Christine at Bookishly Boisterous started this meme – try it! You might like it! (It’s not just for bookish blogs)

1. I missed this week’s Top Ten Tuesday meme which was all about reading resolutions. Given that I didn’t complete any of last year’s resolutions (with the exception of no.7 which involved buying more books), I didn’t even bother this year. However this is probably a good opportunity to mention War & Peace. I’ve never read it. I bought a copy. 2014 could be the year.

The image above is taken from the edition of War & Peace that I probably should have picked (if you’ve never seen the Cozy Classics series for babies, then quick). Continue reading