The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton

19 September 2018

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

14 September 2018

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

14 September 2018

Slapstick or Lonesome No More by Kurt Vonnegut

14 September 2018

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

13 September 2018

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carre

6 September 2018

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

4 September 2018

G. by John Berger

31 August 2018

The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susannah Clarke

26 August 2018

Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

25 August 2018

Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

25 August 2018

Lustrum by Robert Harris

20 August 2018

The Elected Member by Bernice Rubens

19 August 2018

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

17 August 2018

Early Riser by Jasper Fforde

16 August 2018

▼ The Reading Project

This site is primarily for friends and family, although I'm happy to include anyone else. We've come up with a list of categories to encourage wider reading. But we read as much as we want in any category we want. Once we read a book, we post a review. You can follow what we read on our profile pages.

Reviews on this website are not written by professional reviewers. Our assessments are our own opinions of the books we read and your opinion might vary greatly regarding any particular book.

You may notice that many of our reviews are favourable. This is probably because we get to choose books we think we will enjoy, unlike professional reviewers.

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▼ Books Currently Being Read

The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

The House of Silk
Anthony Horowitz

Reviewer: Toriaz

A Sherlock Holmes story...

It is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221b Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks. Intrigued, Holmes and Watson find themselves swiftly drawn into a series of puzzling and sinister events, stretching from the gas-lit streets of London to the teeming criminal underworld of Boston and the mysterious 'House of Silk'

STATUS: Reading

Final Girls by Riley Sager

Final Girls
Riley Sager

Reviewer: WaywardWoman

About this book...

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls which include Lisa, Sam and Quincy. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them and, with that, one another. Despite the media's attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit; and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy's doorstep. Blowing through Quincy's life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa's death come to light, Quincy's life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam's truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished

STATUS: Reading

Special Reading Projects
The Federalist Papers

Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay

Reviewer: bikerbuddy

Click the cover or title to follow the papers as I read them...

I have decided to read The Federalist Papers. They are a series of 85 newspaper articles published anonymously in 1787 and 1788 in New York by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay in defense of the new American Constitution.

Alexander Hamilton

Instead of reviewing them as a book, which seems pointless, given the documents' significance, I will summarise them and make notes, instead, and generally try to become familiar with them. Hopefully, they may make the papers more accessible to others, as well.

Apart from reading Ron Chernow's biography on Hamilton, this is an unfamiliar subject to me. I hope any misunderstandings or inaccuracies in my approach will therefore be understood by anyone who knows more than I do about this subject. Not hard ...

Notes for each paper will be posted as I read them. Keep track of my progress by the counter in the bottom corner.

The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize for 2018 has been announced and the finalists are:

  • Anna Burns (UK) - Milkman (Faber & Faber)
  • Esi Edugyan (Canada) - Washington Black (Serpent’s Tail)
  • Daisy Johnson (UK) - Everything Under (Jonathan Cape)
  • Rachel Kushner (USA) - The Mars Room (Jonathan Cape)
  • Richard Powers (USA) - The Overstory (William Heinemann)
  • Robin Robertson (UK) - The Long Take (Picador)

The winner for 2018 will be announced on 16 October. We will not have time to read all the finalists as we did for the Man Golden Booker this year, so we will commit to reading the winner as part of our ongoing Man Booker Prize special project. The main page for that can be found here.

In the long term, we hope to review all the Man Booker Prize winners.

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