The Paper Palace, by Miranda Cowley Heller

Today. August 1, the Back Woods. A mildewed book of poetry lies open on the table. “To a skylark,” soaring into the blue – painful, thrilling – replays in my mind as I stare at the still life of last night’s dinner. “The world should listen then, as I am listening now.” He read itContinue reading “The Paper Palace, by Miranda Cowley Heller”

The Maid, by Nita Prose (Book Review)

Murder, intrigue, cleaning. Every day, when I arrive to work at the Regency Grand, I feel alive again, part of the fabric of things, the splendor and the color. I am part of the design, a bright, unique square, integral to the tapestry. Gran used to say, ‘If you love your job, you’ll never workContinue reading “The Maid, by Nita Prose (Book Review)”

My Top Ten Books of the Year (Part 2)

Ho, ho, ho, it’s *nearly* time to say goodbye to 2021! It wasn’t all bad as I had lots of extra time at home to read this year! This is the second half of my Top 10 list. The books are in no particular order and if you want to read the first half (postedContinue reading “My Top Ten Books of the Year (Part 2)”

London: who wants to go on a bookshop tour of Covent Garden and Charing Cross?

Who doesn’t love looking round unique independent bookshops? Who wouldn’t want to spend all their money in them? On a recent trip to London I walked this route around the Covent Garden and Charing Cross area to try and visit as many bookshops as possible. The walk takes around two hours depending on how longContinue reading “London: who wants to go on a bookshop tour of Covent Garden and Charing Cross?”

My Top Ten Books of the Year (Part 1)

Inspired by many other book bloggers, I’ve come up with my own list of my top ten favourite books I’ve read in the last twelve months (they might not have been published in the last year). I will talk about the first five this week and the other five next week. Still Life, by SarahContinue reading “My Top Ten Books of the Year (Part 1)”

Anything is Possible(?) The Book Review

This is a collection of short stories by Elizabeth Strout that follow on from her novel My Name is Lucy Barton. This time we are in the small town of Amgash, Illinois, which Lucy left behind when she moved to New York and went on to be a successful writer. We meet some of Lucy’sContinue reading “Anything is Possible(?) The Book Review”

October Round-Up: What I read this month

In this week’s edition of ‘books by the fireplace’ as I am now calling it, I’m looking back on some of my favourite reads from October and looking ahead to what is on my TBR list for November. Matrix, by Lauren Groff I found this book difficult to get into at the start because itContinue reading “October Round-Up: What I read this month”

Book Review: Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke

Piranesi is a story to get lost in. It is a perfect book for this time of year: you can pick up on a drizzly Sunday morning, snuggled on the sofa with a cup of tea, and not put it down until tea time. It’s novel to be transported away by. Piranesi lives in anotherContinue reading “Book Review: Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke”

Who am I? (Without wanting to sound too existential)

Hi! My name is Lucy and I want to write about books and travel. Why do I want to do that? I like books and travel! I am shy, quiet and I find it hard to make conversation. Wow, that felt a bold thing to go just straight on out and open with, but IContinue reading “Who am I? (Without wanting to sound too existential)”