Six Degrees of Separation – from Normal People to New Lives.

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 Sally Rooney’ bestseller, Normal People. I absolutely loved the book, and thought the TV series was perfection. My next book-to-TV-series to watch is Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much is True. Continue reading

We Are Water by Wally Lamb


When I first started Wally Lamb’s We Are Water, I had flashbacks to Hustvedt’s The Blazing World. And I really couldn’t go back there (it was my only DNF for 2014). Flashbacks because the subject of both books is artists with baggage. I guess all artists need baggage, don’t they? Anyway, that’s where the similarities end. Where Hustvedt pontificates, Lamb simply tells a story. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – Don’t Forget About Me!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new ‘top ten’ challenge is posted – anyone can join in.

This week’s topic is ‘Top Ten ‘Older’ Books You Don’t Want People To Forget About’. It’s a terrific topic because so often we’re attracted to the latest, shiniest new release, while some ace books gather dust on the shelves (or worse still, go out of print).

I’ve picked ten books that I remember really enjoying when I was reading them – you know the kind of book you don’t want to end? They may not necessarily finish on your ‘favourite books of all time’ list but they have the perfect combination of memorable characters and a gripping plot. In no particular order, here’s my top ten –

1. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers – exactly as the title suggests. Continue reading