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The Hollow (Hercule Poirot, #25)
3.72
One of my favourite Poirot's for the delicious cast of characters, Lucy Angkatell in particular.

"'We are only, as she knows, moderately fond of carame...more
Dec 2010
Jan 06, 2011
 
Sakhalin Island (Oneworld Classics)
3.79
Sakhalin Island is beautifully restrained and unsentimental. It is tremendous. It is haunting.

"In 1890, the thirty-year-old Chekhov, already knowing t...more
Feb 23, 2010
Jan 28, 2010
 
The Museum of Innocence
3.67
In the silent house, I lay on the couch and read. All quiet and calm, the light still bright in the sky and the sun still hot. The day has been a long...more
Jan 28, 2010
Jan 06, 2010
 
The Land of Green Plums
3.66
To the much understandable envy of several people I hold close to my heart, my summer holidays have been, and continue to be, devoted to reading and l...more
Jan 2010
Jan 06, 2010
 
The Earth and Sky of Jacques Dorme
3.69
Travel from World War II to the post-Soviet era, and when finished earmark this book for a reread.

A taste, a small taste... "That evening at the end o...more
Feb 2010
Feb 23, 2010
 
Unknown Book 6970672
4.00
Short stories, I have discovered of late, are especially great to read when things feel too busy, too harried, and this is where they prove, for me, t...more
Oct 2009
Oct 11, 2009
 
Cards on the Table
3.85
Summer days are made for Agatha Christie paperbacks. Read in the garden or indoors, I don't mind. The pages of my copy are well-thumbed and yellow, an...more
Dec 2010
Jan 06, 2011
 
The Passport
3.34
I picked up Herta Müller’s The Passport and read it in one largely unbroken sitting as befits her poetic text, her frankness. A brief scene describing...more
Feb 2010
Feb 25, 2010
 
The Sacred and Profane Love Machine (Vintage Classics)
3.89
As I seem always to type here or mention to friends and all who listen, I am a big fan of Iris Murdoch, and so to any prospective readers I offer only...more
Feb 02, 2009
Jan 24, 2009
 
The Bedside Book of Beasts: A Wildlife Miscellany. Graeme Gibson
3.81
A fascinating read suitable, as title suggests, for beside, it includes the fine words of Leo Tolstoy, Franz Kafka, Arthur Conan Doyle, Herman Hesse a...more
Jan 06, 2010
Jan 06, 2010
 
The Evening of the Holiday
3.69
"The blue-tiled floor had been trodden into slight undulations, the shutters were the colour of red earth, and the furnishings were few and massive".....more
Aug 2008
Aug 05, 2008
 
Murder in the Mews
3.71
Dear Agatha,

Reading you, on quiet days, makes me feel as though I am on holiday. Your books are my ever reliable pick-me-up.

Yours now no longer in nee...more
Nov 13, 2011
Nov 12, 2011
 
The President's Last Love
3.75
Hilarious and challenging, I was so happy to discover this book on the shelf of my local bookstore. Having enjoyed the characters and story lines in h...more
May 2008
Aug 05, 2008
 
Pride and Prejudice
4.23
Slowly, ever so slowly, I am making my way through the books that sit on my shelves that I have not yet read. A little Austen here, a little Austen th...more
Nov 10, 2008
Sep 10, 2008
 
Curtain: Poirot's Last Case
3.99
'Goodbye, cher ami.'
Jun 26, 2013
Jun 26, 2013
 
Tender Is the Night
3.83
Dark, sad and glorious.
Jan 18, 2011
Jan 16, 2011
 
Mansfield Park
3.79
Fanny Price may not be regarded as a favourite heroine by the many, but I did enjoy my stay at Mansfield Park with both her and Edmund and co. It took...more
Mar 2009
Feb 02, 2009
 
The Appointment
3.39
I picked up Herta Müller’s The Passport and read it in one largely unbroken sitting as befits her poetic text, her frankness. A brief scene describing...more
Apr 26, 2010
Jan 28, 2010
 
Notwithstanding
3.75
The painted visual of Miss Feakes has stayed with me long after closing this book. Oh, to wear such a cardigan, "the softest and most personal".

"Miss...more
Jan 2010
Jan 06, 2010
 
Journal of a Disappointed Man
4.12
(A small quote from this great read features in this recent post of mine, High Up in the Trees: http://gracialouise.typepad.com/high_... )
Sep 29, 2012
Sep 03, 2012
 
Little Dorrit
3.95
I enjoyed reading Little Dorrit so very much and wanted, in part, for it never to end, so much so that I have now jumped back to its predecessor, Blea...more
Sep 12, 2010
Aug 12, 2010
 
Poirot: The War Years
3.96
A little Agatha Christie here and there, she is an author I oft come back to. And Poirot serves as a favourite guide to my days... so exacting, so cha...more
Nov 10, 2008
Aug 19, 2008
 
Identity
3.67
My copy of this particular book had been languishing in my 'to be read' pile for too long. I am delighted I picked it up and read this thin tome in a...more
Jun 2008
Aug 05, 2008
 
Sense and Sensibility
4.04
I must confess, this is the first Jane Austen I have read, and I enjoyed my time with Marianne and Elinor greatly. Their familiar tale was a joy to fo...more
Jul 2008
Aug 03, 2008
 
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
4.05
There was so much I loved about this book that I would be hard pressed to elaborate further. My copy of this book is well-thumbed with folded corners...more
Jun 2008
Aug 05, 2008
 
Wuthering Heights
3.79
Having previously not read Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, my first stay on the moors lived up to my expectations high. A thoroughly great read, wit...more
May 12, 2011
Jan 06, 2010
 
Steppenwolf (20th-Century Classics)
4.08
Now that I have finished it, I am already looking forward to rereading it. Could I love it more? No, that is not possible. My copy is dog-eared and we...more
Jul 2009
Jul 15, 2009
 
The Case Of The General's Thumb
3.28
I raced through this novel at terrible speed and could not get enough. Once finished, I wanted to step back into Kurkov's world... he is a wonderful g...more
May 2008
Aug 05, 2008
 
Faceless Killers
3.75
On a summer crime kick, it seems. This book, the first in the series, fitted the bill. Utterly so. Will slowly make way through entire Wallander serie...more
Dec 2010
Jan 06, 2011
 
The Book and the Brotherhood
3.93
I am yet to discover an Iris Murdoch novel I am not in complete awe of.

More, more... at the end of each of her books I always long to read another.
Nov 2008
Aug 03, 2008
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