What To Read Next?

March 18, 2010

I’ve almost finished the book I’m reading at the moment, and can’t decide what to read next.  The following are all in the pile.  What do you think?

Queen of the Big Time  by Adriana Trigiani

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian – Marina Lewycka

Notes on a Scandal – Zoe Heller (loved the film)

Love Lives – Josie Lloyd & Emlyn Rees

Any advice gratefully received!

Caroline x


How lovely – a whole day to celebrate the wonderful invention known as the book!

Though the focus is mainly on children (check out the World Book Day website for loads of events and offers if you have a little’un ) what a wonderful excuse to get your nose stuck in a book.

Happy reading!


The film adaptation of Alice Sebold’s best-selling novel The Lovely Bones will soon be hitting cinemas near you.

If I’m being honest, I was a bit put off when I first read that the film was to be directed by Peter Jackson. I mean, the Lord of the Rings films were amazing (in my childish, gung-ho, love a good battle scene kinda way) but will Peter Jackson be as sensitive as this painfully tragic story requires?

I’m also still stinging from the Time Traveler’s Wife adaptation fiasco, and I’m not sure I want another much-loved book trampled on again.

What about you? Have you read The Lovely Bones? Will you be watching the film?

As I wrote yesterday’s post, I got thinking about the power of a book to reduce me to tears (which happens a little too often)

For me, Marley and Me was a huge tear enducer, as was that fave of mine I roll out in every list – The Five People You Meet In Heaven.

So come on out there, what books have had you reaching for the tissues, snivelling under the bed sheets and bawling in the bath?

Phonebox Libraries

December 3, 2009

Love this so much.

Wish my local council were that creative.

What do you think to this?

November 22, 2009

The way forward for all book worms?  Or not?

Let us know what you think.

Secondhand Bookshop Love

October 18, 2009


There was a wee little article in the Guardian about the 10 best secondhand bookshops in the UK.  Barter Books, Alnwick Station, Northumberland (above) gets my vote.  Isn’t it wonderful?  Has anyone been?

October Events

October 3, 2009

There are quite a few book-related events going on round the country this month.  I find that signed copies of books make fabulous Christmas presents, so if there’s an event nearby I do like to get stuck in.  Here’s a few of our favourites:

Exclusive Winnie-the-Pooh Signing 
Return to the Hundred Acre Wood
Monday, 5 October 2009, 5:00PM

The Author and illustrator will be here to launch the ‘Return to the Hundred Acre Wood’ with an exclusive signing. There will be a limited edition of ‘Return to the Hundred Acre Wood’ on sale exclusively on the day of this signing whilst stocks last. These will be available on a first come first served basis, one book per customer. Please arrive early. Further details: 020 7851 2400

Frankie Boyle
My Shit Life So Far
Tuesday, 6 October 2009, 5:30PM – 6:30PM

The Scottish comedian and popular TV pundit will be here signing copies of his hilraious, no holds barred, comedy memoir. Further details: 0131 556 3034

Charity Quiz Night
Athenaeum, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds
Thursday, 8 October 2009, 7:00PM – 10:30PM
Tickets £4 per person (maximum 6 people per team) are available from Waterstone’s Buttermarket store in Bury St Edmunds or can be reserved for collection by calling the number below.  Join us as we host a Quiz Night to raise money for Dyslexia Action. The event will be held at the Athenaeum, doors open 7pm, quiz starts 7.30. Quiz Prize is £100 Cash. There will also be a Raffle, Licensed Bar and Live Music from Matt Carter (www.eventpianist.co.uk) Further details: 01284 750877

!!!! Meet Audrey Niffenegger!!!!
Her Fearful Symmetry
Traverse Theatre, 10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED
Monday, 12 October 2009, 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Tickets £5, available from the Edinburgh West End branch and from the Traverse Box Office.  The author of one of the most talked about books of recent times, The Time Traveler’s Wife, will be talking about her new novel, A Fearful Symmetry. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to hear this internationally acclaimed writer. Please ring Waterstone’s Edinburgh West End branch for further details or to buy tickets. Further details: 0131 226 2666

Sir David Attenborough signing “Life Stories”
12:30 pm, Mon 12th October 2009
Borders Cambridge is very pleased to announce that Sir David Attenborough will be in store signing copies of his new book “Life Stories” from 12.30pm. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment as we anticipate a lot of interest in this signing. For more information please call 01223 306188.

1:00 pm, Sat 17th October 2009
P.D James will be in store signing copies of her latest book TALKING ABOUT DETECTIVE FICTION and the newly published paperback edition of her bestseller THE PRIVATE PATIENT.

Wells Festival of Literature
Helen Dunmore
Wells Museum, 8 Cathedral Green, Wells, BA5
Sunday, 18 October 2009, 2:30PM – 3:30PM
£5.00 on 01749 672552 or by post. Modelled on the Radio Four programme ‘Book Club’, this event will allow the audience to discuss Counting the Stars with Helen Dunmore directly. Further details: 01749 677881

Saturday was pretty tiring: a 5k run (meh!), a de-cluttering of the spare room (gah!), a trip to Tescos (blergh!) and a pootle round a local ceramics fair (yay!) left me pretty knackered.  Sunday, I declared grandly to the other half, would be  henceforth known as BONE IDLE DAY.  I turned off the computer, put my phone on silent and got stuck in to my annual re-read of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte.

To properly celebrate BONE IDLE DAY, I realised I needed a few important bits and bobs to hand:

1.  The Tea


Sometimes it’s green tea, mostly it’s good old English Breakfast (milk please, no sugar).  When I’m feeling very much in need of something warm and soothing I’ll make a Chai tea. With lots of sugar.  And always, but always, use your favourite mug or cup.

2. A Lil’ Somethin’ Sweet


Disclaimer : I didn’t bake these macaroons.  Though obviously I would have done (ahem), had it not been BONE IDLE DAY.  Something sweet is pretty important when you’re settling in for an afternoon of reading.  You don’t want your concentration to be drowned out by a rumbling tummy.  My biscuit of choice is usually a milk chocolate digestive, or a ginger snap.  I used to favour a good old rich tea biscuit but the dunking process is messy, and way too distracting when you’re trying to read.  If you haven’t got a sweet tooth, I find a hot buttered crumpet or english muffin works a treat. Or toast.  I suppose I’m just advocating buttery carbs.  Atkins schmatkins.

3. Music


Yes, that DOES say Smooth Radio!  Don’t judge me, it’s lazy like Sunday morning, right?!  It’s impossible to read when you’re trying to listen to anything with a high RPM.  It’s impossible to read to your favourite music either (don’t you just end up singing along? I do).  Smooth Radio works for me.  Failing that, Madeline Peyroux makes me feel very sophisticated. (And Smooth Radio are playing Marvin Gaye as I type. Awesome).

4. The Book!

One would say, the most important accessory for an afternoon of reading.


The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte  is pure gold.  It’s a book with very modern themes, considering when it was written (and I think Anne Bronte got panned/applauded for that at the time).  The heroine suffers terrible wickedness at the hands of her rogue husband and finally runs away from him to rescue her son from his influence.  She begins a new life, but will the past come back to haunt her?  Well, dear reader, read it and the answer shall be yours! 🙂  Failing that, there is a 1996 film adaptation starring the delectable Toby Stephens, talented Tara Fitzgerald and omnipresent Pam Ferris.


Did You Know…

September 13, 2009

…that according to research from the University of Sussex, reading for just six minutes could be enough to reduce your stress levels by more than two thirds!