Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve. Carol Shields Republic of Love

In My Stacks, March 2017

February was a relatively light reading month for me, so there are some nearly-done books in the stack at the beginning of this month, along with new additions.

Naomi Novik’s Black Powder War, N.K. Jemisin’s The Kingdom of the Gods, Baratunde Thurston’s How to be Black and the Margaret Millar omnibus have been keeping company […]


September 2016, In My Stacks

Compared to August, this is going to be an exceptionally busy reading month. And these stacks don’t even include the lists of prize-list nominees and IFOA attendees, whose books are also cluttering every flat surface at home.

Greg Iles’ The Bone Tree – Having finished Natchez Burning in August, I was suprised to find that […]


July 2016, In My Stacks

Halfway into the calendar year, I ritually consider what I’ve read so far and what I’ve not yet picked up. For the past few years, I’ve straightened the stack at hand mid-year, and gotten reacquainted with any over-lingerers, but this year I’ve been a tidy reader. (Marge Piercy’s Gone to Soldiers had lingered for months, but […]


June 2016, In My Stacks

As the mid-year mark approaches, what is the state of your stack? Are you reading what you planned to read, or are you happy to have veered away from projects you’d expected to complete? Have you got some new reading projects in mind for the second half of 2016?

I’m still working to complete some […]


April 2016, In My Stacks

Having read through the first quarter of the reading year, how are your stacks?

Reading projects

Is the bedside stack turning over regularly? Are you struggling to stick with projects that you were sure would fit perfectly into 2016?

Four books in this stack are from various TBR lists, some because they are older works by favourite […]


February 2016, In My Stacks

It’s a bright sunny day, when I snap this photo. I’m even more optimistic when I think of a month’s reading, when the sun shines. More hours with good reading light. And, in February. What could be better.

You can see the sheen of it in the image, the veil of sun in the room […]


October 2015, In My Stacks

My stacks for this month are works-in-progress. Because even though we are two weeks into October now, my inner calendar is still hovering near the beginning of September.

So, part of me still thinks that I will have more time to read more of the books that I’d dreamed of covering in this year’s Diversiverse […]


Summer 2015, In My Stacks

My reading recently has been a lovely mix of new books and old friends, rereads and longtime – but neglected – residents of my shelves.

Reacquainting myself with L.M.Montgomery’s Anne of Avonlea, I warmed to the scene where Anne and Diana come upon Miss Lavendar Lewis’ house, when the sense of enchantment is so strong that […]


The pleasure of the new book

Oh, the overwhelming allure.

Past Orange Prize nominees

So many of us have seemingly endless older books on our TBRs.

Sometimes these are tightly defined (spreadsheeted phenomena, like this Virago project of mine) whereas others are loosely conceived (“I’m going to read more Victorian potboilers”).

But, despite this, more recently published books are a persistant distraction.

Even though […]


February 2015, In My Stacks

No matter how dilgent one has been with one’s read-o-lutions, February is not the shortest month but the longest test.

If it had a chapter heading? In which all your good bookish intentions will flake away like paper splinters from the spine of a well-loved paperback.

And, yet, my February reading, one week in, remains in concert […]