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Book Reflections – The Life To Come by Michelle de Kretser

I’ve started to frequent op shops seeking second hand plates. Our plates are mismatched anyway so I’ve decided that as they break I’ll replace them with beautiful cast offs. While … Continue reading

September 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

For book group this month we read Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. This short novel is about choosing happiness over meeting expectations. It is 2010, in a small … Continue reading

August 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

I love Geraldine Brooks’ writing. I’ve loved her since I read her non-fiction book Nine Parts of Desire in the 1990s and my mind was opened to the world of … Continue reading

August 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy wrote another novel! The God of Small Things is an amazing book and Roy’s fans (me included) have been holding their breath since 1997 wondering if she would … Continue reading

July 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

For book group this month I drew on a recommendation from a dear friend in Norway and chose The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa. I love Haruki Murakami‘s earlier … Continue reading

June 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Swing Time by Zadie Smith

White Teeth by Zadie Smith is a great book. When a second hand copy of Swing Time became available to me, I tucked it away as a treat to read … Continue reading

June 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian

These reflections are from the translation by Mabel Lee of Soul Mountain by Nobel Prize winning author Gao Xingjian. I received this book as a birthday present 10 years ago … Continue reading

June 14, 2019 · 8 Comments

Book Reflections – Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

For book group this month we read Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I won’t say much because I don’t want to spoil the suspense for you. It’s a compelling … Continue reading

June 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Glass Room by Simon Mawer

Blogger Anna kindly suggested I read The Glass Room by Simon Mawer. I really enjoyed the book. It spans WWII and features the Holocaust. I have read many accounts already … Continue reading

May 17, 2019 · 6 Comments

Book Reflections – The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif

Blogger Anna kindly suggested I read The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif. I am grateful for the recommendation! I have not been to Egypt but I’ve spent time in … Continue reading

May 8, 2019 · 13 Comments
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