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  1. I have just found out that storing books on their back cover i.e. lying them flat, saves space and that I can get more books in that way. I'd read about this before but gave it a try today and got four - 2 of them very thick - in a space where, stored the conventional way, they were hanging off the side of the shelf (on a bookend). And I don't need bookends! This gives me the opportunity to go through my books, which is second only to reading them. Happy me.
  2. Published in 1930 this is set in Medieval times and is about two men, Narcissus and Goldmund. Narcissus struggles with becoming a monk and Goldmund starts off as his pupil but leaves to become what's termed as a wayfarer - someone who is homeless and travels a lot. Both men come to terms with their chosen way of life and meet again, seeing much change in each other. Narcissus does not regret his life but Goldmund regrets his. This is beautifully written and absolutely absorbing. Recommended
  3. Loitering with a vacant eye Along the Grecian gallery, And brooding on my heavy ill, I met a statue standing still. Still in marble stone stood he, And stedfastly he looked at me. "Well met," I thought the look would say, "We both were fashioned far away; We neither knew, when we were young, These Londoners we live among." Still he stood and eyed me hard, An earnest and a grave regard: "What, lad, drooping with your lot? I too would be where I am not. I too survey that endless line Of men whose thoughts are not as mine. Years, ere you stood
  4. Good points Heather. I just wasn't aware of that.
  5. The north wind doth blow, And we shall have snow, And what will the robin do then, poor thing? He'll sit in a barn, And keep himself warm, And hide his head under his wing, poor thing! First verse of The North wind doth blow by Mother Goose
  6. I bought a Serious Reader's dedicated reading light. Cost a fortune but is worth it because it's amazing!
  7. Watching the Rolland Garros gentleman's singles final
  8. “books that are rich in metaphor and symbolism, books with lyrical language you can lose yourself in, books with messages that challenge you, books that are complex and may require a second reading.” Is the article's definition of difficult.
  9. Narcissus and Goldmund, Hermann Hesse
  10. This popped up on my FB feed and I thought it would be good to discuss it. The author describes very well why I read difficult books - although I don't read as much YA - and I'd like to hear memebers opinions on this, please Reading Hard Books is Good, Actually (bookriot.com)
  11. Amazon describe it better : Winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, Kraken is a darkly comic, wildly absurd adventure by author of Perdido Street Station, China Miéville. Deep in the research wing of the Natural History Museum is a prize specimen, something that comes along much less often than once in a lifetime: a perfect, and perfectly preserved, giant squid. But what does it mean when the creature suddenly and impossibly disappears? For curator Billy Harrow it's the start of a headlong pitch into a London of warring cults, surreal magic, apostates an
  12. A library copy, if available, might be a sensible option but as I recall there are no graphic descriptions of the injection of heroin. The diaries are frank so there might be the odd swear word but not grisly in description. Amazon allows you to download a free sample for Kindle if you have one - I have the app on my tablet - and then you'll know if it's for you.
  13. I recommend The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx. Rockstar debauchery at it's best. Also recommended is Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister, Sally Wainwright and Anne Choma, a book taken from the diaries of Anne Lister who wrote in code and therefore frankly about everything in her life including sex as a lesbian (not as distasteful as that makes it sound but it is there so depends on your personal taste and it's not explicit). Also, The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady but I haven't read it and it's not that easy to find.
  14. Perhaps left unanswered for the follow-on book?
  15. A Fever of the Blood is a Frey and McGray and it's book 2. I felt that it wasn't as good as the first book but it was interesting enough about witches and curses and madness and asylums all in 1800's Edinburgh and some of the action takes place in England near Pendle Hill on which took the place of the now famous witch trials. The pair chase Lord Ardglass from the Edinburgh asylum that McGray's sister is in to the aforementioned Pendle Hill. Along the way they get involved in physical violence and with witches. I guessed the end so it's not that mysterious but it's a good caper a
  16. Very interesting, Hux. I have noticed it in paper books but didn't notice enough if it wsa just Victorian literature.
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