#bookaday One that makes me laugh: Notes from a Small Island

This particular #bookaday challenge made me realise how few books have really made me laugh. I think most book that leave their mark do so because they are suspenseful, melancholy, shocking or thought-provoking. Few are actually laugh-out-loud funny. Bryson's Notes on a Small Island is insightful and well observed. His wit keeps you turning the … Continue reading #bookaday One that makes me laugh: Notes from a Small Island

#bookaday The one I always give as a gift: Quiet: The Power of Introverts

A book that I have recently been lending out and buying for friends is Susan Cain's Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't stop talking. I first discovered the author from a TED talk. If you haven't discovered TED, I can highly recommend the site. TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to spreading … Continue reading #bookaday The one I always give as a gift: Quiet: The Power of Introverts

#bookaday What book do you have that doesn’t belong to you? Monica Ali’s Brick Lane

  My Mother used to run a Guest House, and I found Monica Ali's Brick Lane in amongst the bookshelves in one of the rooms. I still need to return it and explain that the spine was damaged long before I borrowed it (a sign that many readers have enjoyed the story long before you … Continue reading #bookaday What book do you have that doesn’t belong to you? Monica Ali’s Brick Lane

#bookaday One With A Blue Cover: On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

  It is July 1962. Edward and Florence, young innocents married that morning, arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they struggle to suppress their private fears of the wedding night to come... This is really all that's needed for a book description of this gem of a novella, … Continue reading #bookaday One With A Blue Cover: On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan