The TBRs for 2017

This past week I’ve been in book paradise. I’ve sifted through book suggestions from  friends, read up booklists and blurbs and gone through Goodreads reviews to make up my TBR. I’ve stumbled across phenomenal reads - funny, suspenseful, thought-provoking, mushy - all kinds. I have been constantly amazed at the realms that the human minds can delve into, the …

Z is for Zoya Singh Solanki

Though Z is the last letter of the alphabet this is the first post I wrote for this series only because I completely love Zoya Singh Solanki. It was love at first read. If you haven’t bumped into her go pick up a copy of The Zoya Factor by Anuja Singh Chauhan – one of …

Yertle the Turtle

Do you know Yertle the Turtle? That self-centred turtle who made his throne out of his fellowmen.. err fellow turtles? If you don't, well here's his story: Yertle was the king of turtles, king of all he could see. One day he decided that from his seat on a stone he couldn't see too much hence his kingdom was too …

Who is Mr X?

X is the letter of the week and I have a Quiz today. Here are a few clues. Can you figure out who Mr X is? And also the book he appears in? (Just to clarify: His name does not begin with the letter X) Although the book is named after him, X's name doesn't appear in …

The Bear of Very Little Brain

There once was a little boy who had a favourite teddy bear. He named him after a real-life black bear he'd seen in a zoo and went on to add a surname borrowed from a swan. He spent many happy hours of play with the bear and a bunch of other stuffed toys. Although he lived in London his vacations were …

The Unnamed Heroine

This protagonist has no name - she's the unnamed heroine of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca - an old old book. Rebecca is the story of 42 year old Maximillian de Winter who bumps into a girl half his age, a paid companion to the the snobbish gossip Mrs Van Hooper. A quick marriage lands her at Maxim’s …

An unlikely love story

She - Mary Horton - a 43 year old straight-laced spinster with two houses but no space for love or friendship. He - Tim Melville - a 25 year old young man with Greek God looks and the brain of a child. Tim by Colleen McCullough has to be one of the most unlikely love-stories. In this debut novel McCullough crafts …

When the Help need help

You’ve read ‘Gone With the Wind’? That’s rhetorical, right? You have. So you must remember the wonderful relationship between Scarlett O hara and Mammy. Mammy is the loveable help - the one who dresses Scarlett, pulls her up for each tiny breach of etiquette and is always at hand to keep her dignity intact. Did …

R is for Reginald Jeeves

How many characters, even real ones, have the singular honour of having a search engine named after them? His name appears in the Oxford English Dictionary as a generic word for a valet/butler. Yeah, I know you’ve got it. Not much of a guess, is it? There really is just one Reginald Jeeves - but he’d …

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