Category Archives: Challenges

The Cabinetmaker by Alan Jones

When Alan Jones emailed me about reading his book The Cabinetmaker he described it as a gritty crime novel based in Glasgow that tells the story of a local cabinetmaker, Francis Hare, father of a murdered son, and John McDaid, a young detective … Continue reading

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The Potter’s Hand by A N Wilson

Now that the TBR Triple Dog Dare has finished I am free to read anything I want. I have bought/borrowed a few books since the beginning of the year and I immediately turned to The Potter’s Hand by A N … Continue reading

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The Last Enchantment by Mary Stewart

Magic is the door through which mortal man may sometimes step, to find the gates in the hollow hills, and let himself through into the halls of the other world. (The Last Enchantment, page 121) I love books that take … Continue reading

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Mount TBR: March Checkpoint

It’s time for the first quarterly check-in post for Mount TBR. Last year I read 34 of my TBR books and I’m determined to read more than that this year. I’ve made a good start, mainly down to taking part in … Continue reading

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The Time Machine by H G Wells

This morning the clocks went forward – does that mean we lost an hour? Quite by coincidence yesterday I read The Time Machine - it seems apt! The Time Traveller has gathered together a group of his friends, who have names such … Continue reading

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The Office of the Dead

The Office of the Dead by Andrew Taylor is the third book in the Roth Trilogy. I read the first two, The Four Last Things and The Judgement of Strangers a couple of years ago and I wish I’d read this … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Time VIII

It must be spring! Carl’s annual Once Upon a Time Challenge began yesterday, Friday, March 21st for the eighth year running. Carl writes: ‘This is a reading and viewing event that encompasses four broad categories: Fairy Tale, Folklore, Fantasy and Mythology, including … Continue reading

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The King’s Evil by Edward Marston

I’m still reading from my own unread books and turned to The King’s Evil for some historical crime fiction. It’s the first in Edward Marston’s Restoration series, featuring Christopher Redmayne, an architect and Jonathan Bale, a parish constable. The King’s … Continue reading

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The English by Jeremy Paxman

The English: a Portrait of a People by Jeremy Paxman (an English journalist, broadcaster and author) is a very interesting book, described as: A book on what constitutes Englishness, and what are considered the essential characteristics and values. Using literary … Continue reading

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They Do It With Mirrors by Agatha Christie

I’m slowly reading my way through Agatha Christie’s books, not in chronological order, but just as I come across them and this month I’ve read They Do It With Mirrors which was first published in 1952. I don’t think it’s … Continue reading

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