Posts Tagged book recommendations
Saying not very much again on a Tuesday.
I don’t usually do book reviews, and I’m not going to do one now, reading is such a personal thing and books other people have loved, I’ve not liked at all (The Da Vinci Code anyone?).
However, I’ve just finished this well written debut novel and really enjoyed it.
So, if you fancy a bit of a thriller set in gritty Victorian London against a backdrop of the Great Exhibition of 1851 and the emergence of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, I’d recommend it.
Somebody in our house has started borrowing my rotary cutters, curved rulers, tracing wheels, hide mallet (from my ‘ upholstering period’) and has even earmarked a mannequin for a future project.
However, it is not one of the Madamoiselles but Mr. Tialys himself. Thwarted in his plans to turn our downstairs storage room into a micro brewery due to an unforeseen and sudden attack of gout(!), beer is now to be consumed in moderation – if at all. Cheerful in the face of adversity and having discovered, after
feverish and desperate extensive research, that wine is not included in the list of ‘undesirables’, he cheered up and went with his second choice of indoor creative activity – leatherwork.
I have to say that this is preferable as far as I’m concerned – I’m not a fan of beer to the extent that I need it brewing (and smelling) in a room beneath my feet – but I am a fan of leather goods, mostly in the form of bags and belts.
Anyway, this is my jeans belt he made for me.
He hasn’t been to any classes but is slavishly reading blogs, watching tutorials, buying equipment, designing patterns, looking at other peoples’ patterns and honing his craft – sound familiar?
And, when I finally got my Kindle Paperwhite for my birthday yesterday (I’d asked for it for Christmas but nobody remembered!), it came with it’s own, handmade by husband, leather case.
It beats beer in my opinion.
Talking of the Kindle, I am busy being mean and miserly and trying to find good books to download which are either free or cheap. I will also download books I would have bought anyway but, for now, I thought I’d get some stuff on there in case – heaven forfend! – I should run out of reading matter and be stuck in a waiting room somewhere reduced to scanning the teeny screen of my phone as everybody else seems to do these days be it taxi drivers (dangerous!) or diners in restaurants (unsociable). I have resisted the lure of the K for some time now – preferring the look and feel of a real book – but what finally decided me to go down this route is the space that all my current books take up. I am at bursting point. Local charities are awash with books to sell at flea markets and don’t really want any more. I have donated some to the local library for their English speaking clientele but I am now down to my ‘classics’ and my ‘will read again somedays’ and I will be keeping all of those.
This is half of the wall – the other half is almost as bad but with some bits of fabric I’ve managed to squeeze in as well.
So, my question is, does anybody have any recommendations for good books – free, cheap or otherwise – that I can put in my virtual library? I have the space!
To give you an idea of my taste in books, here are the last few I’ve read and enjoyed:
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson (I’ve read and loved every single one of her books so no need to recommend any of her others)
The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Her Lover (Belle du Seigneur) by Albert Cohen (in English!)
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Share your favourites!
A nice touch on the back, bless him.