• Best of 2023 – an Even Dozen

    Best 2023 Even Dozen

    Well, a dozen and a few honourable mentions because it was really hard winnowing down to a shortlist this year. 2023 was the year of Project Chunkster – a... Read more

    Posted on 20 January 2024 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Summer Reading Round-up

    Summer Reading Round-up

    July and August were pretty great reading months. There were a few that didn’t quite hit the mark for me, but many more that did. Project chunkster continued,... Read more

    Posted on 27 October 2023 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • June ‘23 Roundup

    June Roundup

    Another mixed bag of a month. The June chunkster isn’t below as though it took a fair bit of June reading time I didn’t finish it until July. Read more

    Posted on 17 August 2023 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • May ‘23 Roundup


    This is arguably a little late coming out. Still, here we are. May was a mixed month. One book carried over from April that I loved, a couple that I liked,... Read more

    Posted on 25 June 2023 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • April ‘23 Roundup!

    April Roundup!

    Late I know, but I was ill and I’ve been busy. I’m no longer ill, though still pretty busy. Even so, the ever-growing TBR pile won’t read itself. Read more

    Posted on 16 June 2023 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • March Roundup

    March Roundup

    In just before the end of April! My 2023 goal of reading longer books continues, which means that while I read a fair bit in March there’s not that many titles... Read more

    Posted on 26 April 2023 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • January/February Update

    January/February Update

    This is my year of reading longer books and so far that’s going ok. I’ve gone back to Proust who I hadn’t read since 2018. I’ve also gone back to Tolstoy and... Read more

    Posted on 31 March 2023 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • My Best Books of 2022

    Best Books 2022

    I’ve been crazy busy since the start of the year and likely will be for another month or two yet, so my usually late posts may be even later. Read more

    Posted on 10 February 2023 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • December ’22 Round-up

    December Round-up

    I never do my end of year write-ups before January. There’s two reasons for that. One is that I always hope my next read will be amazing, and that’s as true in... Read more

    Posted on 19 December 2022 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • October/November ‘22 Roundup

    October/November Roundup

    Yes, it’s a double post because I’d like to finish my 2022 posts by and large within 2022… On which note, I’ve started thinking about my reading for next year... Read more

    Posted on 09 December 2022 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • #WiTMonth Retrospective

    #WiTMonth Retrospective

    This is the second year where for Women in Translation Month I only read books by women in translation. Last year that was really successful, this year my... Read more

    Posted on 01 October 2022 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • July Roundup

    July Roundup

    I know, it’s very late, but I’m still catching up post-broken finger. Oof but July was a month. Great books and lots of them. Some chunksters too, but then we... Read more

    Posted on 23 September 2022 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • September ‘22 Round-up

    September Round-up

    September was a much lighter reading month than July and August, though given how much I read in July and August that’s hardly surprising. Read more

    Posted on 15 September 2022 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Belated June Update

    Belated June Update

    Quick because I want to post my August #WITmonth reading before too long. So, my finger is much improved though still fairly sore as I’m doing my physio... Read more

    Posted on 02 September 2022 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Injury Interrupts Play

    Injury Interrupts Play

    Hi all. I’ve got a broken finger on my left hand. Nothing serious, but it means typing is hard right now. My June update and maybe July will therefore be runnin... Read more

    Posted on 28 July 2022 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • May 2022 Roundup

    2022 Roundup

    May was an interesting month in reading terms. I tried a mix of new and familiar authors and read a lot of good books, but despite their quality there were few... Read more

    Posted on 24 June 2022 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • April 2022 Round-up

    April 2022 Round-up

    This was a strong, strong reading month. I read a lot of books, but more importantly I read a lot of good books. Many of these I wouldn’t have discovered (or... Read more

    Posted on 27 May 2022 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Lyrically Affected Ladies Are Apt to Commit Thoughtless Deeds.

    Lyrically Affected Ladies Commit Thoughtless Deeds.

    Slightly late with this update as I’ve been a bit under the weather (though not with Covid according to my tests!). However, while April hasn’t been all it migh... Read more

    Posted on 23 April 2022 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • February 2022 Roundup

    February 2022 Roundup

    February was a month of two halves, with a strong start and then an unfortunate bout of insomnia which rather slowed things down. Read more

    Posted on 11 February 2022 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • January 2022 Roundup

    January 2022 Roundup

    January was a slightly disappointing reading month, though looking at my list of books read it’s hard to say precisely why. It’s a good mix of writers I... Read more

    Posted on 04 February 2022 BOOKS, CULTURE