Friday 23 December 2011

Day 23 of the 30 day book talk....

A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven't

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford,  is the one book that's hovered just under my radar for most of 2011, and whilst I have recommended it to so many people, I've never actually read it - it's just that the reviews have been so good, and I KNOW I will love it -

So.... the book is ordered from the library, and will be there to pick up on January 3rd, it looks like it will be one of my first reads of the year, and that should get my reading list for 2012 of to a flying start..

I suppose that the old saying " So many books, so little time " springs to mind - as there are always books I want to read and still haven't, and every year I set myself a little challenge to find a new author, or read a book that I've wanted to read for ages. This year my challenge was to complete Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, which I eventually managed to complete in August this year - I could quite easily have lived my life without reading Anna's story, but as challenges go it was a good one, and thanks to my kindle I was able to have the print at a comfortable reading size...the one thing that now puts me off reading more classic lit. is the tiny print in paper books....

jaffa's choice

I know that Jo has lots of cat books stored on her many book shelves, and this one has been lurking with intent for ages - well, our Goodreads page tells me that we've had a copy since June 2010 - it's high time we travelled the odyssey with Homer, and even though he's not a ginger bundle of mischief , I am sure he will soon become a good friend....and I'll only ever go to New York in my dreams...

Homer's Odyssey
Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper

And  to use this quote from Gwen Cooper - Love isn't something you see with your eyes.....sums up Homer quite beautifully.


  1. Oh! Hotel had been recommended to me several times and I listened to it this fall. I really enjoyed it and hope you will too. But, make sure your expectations aren't so high that you end up being disappointed. That happens sometimes with books that are recommended too often or too highly. ;)

    BTW, I've been reading your posts every day, I just haven't commented on all of them. Loved Gone With the Wind when I read it a long time ago. :-)

  2. ABL - thanks so much for reading my posts - I really appreciate your interest and I know exactly what you mean about having too high an expectation of a book - fingers crossed that HOTCOBAS lives up to expectations - have a Happy Christmas ..x

  3. I really enjoyed this book and think that you will enjoy the history and culture conflicts that turn up on its pages. It is truly 'bittersweet'. Pauline

  4. Pauline - thanks for all your lovely comments about my books - glad to have your insight..
    I'm looking forward to Bitter and Sweet.

    Have a Happy Christmas ...x


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