The Library of Babel [Jorge Luis Borges]

“The Library is a sphere whose exact center is any hexagon and whose circumference is unattainable” In The Library of Babel, Jorge Luis Borges depicts an infinite library. You’re here reading a book blog, you’re probably a bit of a book nerd; surely this is an appealing premise. The universe comprises countless adjacent, identical hexagonal […]

Your Fave Is Problematic

Have you ever visited this Tumblr? It is a dismal corner of the internet. Don’t bother going if you haven’t already, it will only depress the hell out of you. Lots of the complaints aganist the celebrities listed are petty and try-hard, e.g. Rob McElhenny’s “blackface”, taken from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – […]

Fantasy Casting: Anna Karenina

I know, there’s no desperate need for my input on this; Anna Karenina has been adapted for the stage and screen many times, including the recent and famous incarnation starring Keira Knightley. I’ll be straight up with you, I haven’t seen that movie. But having just finished the book and fallen hard for the complex, enigmatic beauty […]

Books I Read in 2014, Ranked

I wish this list was longer. 2014 was a great year, packed with challenges and experiences. Abundant in chill-time, however, it was not, and my reading suffered. I’ve seen plenty of these lists, written by the professional book bloggers and critics I follow on Twitter and so on, that are enviably long – long enough that I could […]

She’s back!

  Hello everybody, I know. Classic blogger, takes a 6 month break and then comes back all sheepish with a spiel about having been “crazy busy”. The time scarcity problem is keenly felt as a book blogger, because it doesn’t just come down to not having time to write – it has been taking me […]

Loitering With Intent [Muriel Spark]

Many of you will know Muriel Spark from her novel ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’ – especially if you’ve ever studied Literature in Scotland. Her work is regarded as sacrosanct north of the border; everyone loves the local girl done good from Bruntsfield, Edinburgh, which happens to be where I was living this time […]

A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers [Xiaolu Guo]

Green Tea Hello book fans. Sorry it has been so very long since I touched base. I’ve been settling into a new job, and have basically just been really tired. It’s not much of an excuse, but it’s the truth. The thought of devoting brain power to processing print was just too much. But I […]

The Music of the Primes: [Marcus du Sautoy]

MATHS. A topic the mere mention of which brings on a stress headache in many. I, too, had some feelings about maths before I started ‘Music of the Primes’. Let me tell you about those feelings through connected anecdotes. A close friend of mine was recently part of a business meeting in which she was […]