Six degrees of separation: from The Road to Murmur

Hello May! Here we are again on the first Saturday of the month, so it is time for Six Degrees of Separation, hosted by Kate over at BooksAreMyFavouriteAndBest.

This month’s starting point is The Road by Cormack McCarthy, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2007. The following year’s winner is a book which I have just finished re-reading. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout is my favourite kind of read – brilliant, sensitive writing about the apparent blandness of everyday life concealing the turbulent under-currents of hidden realities. I rarely re-read books but wanted to pick this one up again prior to reading Strout’s sequel, Olive Again. Continue reading

Spring Reading Review 2017

Picture of Admont Abbey Library – Austria, from

Back in January, I wrote about my plans to read my own library in 2017.  I should have known that reality would turn out differently – it always does when I think I have a reading plan.

The majority of books read since my last reading review post back in January have been library books (hurrah for libraries!).  And so my own library currently remains largely unread.  I like looking at books on shelves almost as much as I like reading them, so I am not at all troubled by this.

Here are some thoughts on a few of the books that I have most particularly enjoyed in recent times.

Continue reading