Review: Trio by Sue Gee

"Now - there were so many places where she was not. She was not in the chair by the fire, her head bent over her book, her sewing. She was not in her place at the table, passing his plate, listening as he told her about his boys." Trio opens with death and closes with… Continue reading Review: Trio by Sue Gee

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Review: Walt Disney – The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler

"For a young man who had chafed within the stern, moralistic, anhedonic world of his father, animation provided escape, and for someone who had always been subjugated by that father, it provided absolute control. In animation Walt Disney had a world of his own. In animation Walt Disney could be the power." Neal Gabler has… Continue reading Review: Walt Disney – The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler

Review: Marie by Madeleine Bourdouxhe

"So it was that whole minutes, hours, years passed by - all full, fine and perfect in their way, but essentially artificial, for if Marie were not in charge of them, these moments would not exist; she alone constructs them, with her heart, her flesh, her personal desires. This was her only faith, and it… Continue reading Review: Marie by Madeleine Bourdouxhe

Review: In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

“I think that the power of art is the power to wake us up, strike us to our depths, change us. What are we searching for when we read a novel, see a film, listen to a piece of music? We are searching, through a work of art, for something that alters us, that we… Continue reading Review: In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

Review: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

"'O!' said Bilbo, and just at that moment he felt more tired than he remembered feeling before. He was thinking once again of his comfortable chair before the fire in his favourite sitting-room in his hobbit-hole, and the kettle singing. Not for the last time!" I'm not a big re-reader, but I had made up… Continue reading Review: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

One person’s trash, is another person’s gold

The title of this post came to me as I was thinking about the day's outing, to one of my local secondhand shops. I love second hand shopping - no other type of shopping gets me going quite as much, even book shopping (new books, that is). The main reason for this preference is the… Continue reading One person’s trash, is another person’s gold

Buying vs. Collecting Books

Over the last couple of years I've kept tabs on all my book acquiring in a personal spreadsheet, initially only logging title of the book, source I got the book from, and which condition I got the book in (the reasoning behind the last being that I wanted to buy more of my books secondhand,… Continue reading Buying vs. Collecting Books