Cecily's book reviews

In general I've written reviews of every book I've read since I joined GoodReads (RIP) in May 08, along with one or two I read prior to that. More recent reviews tend to be longer (sometimes a tad too long?). I always carry a book, though I don't get as much time as I'd like to get engrossed - life is busy, but in a good way. Too many of my favourite authors died without writing enough! Apart from reading, and writing about reading, I enjoy Scrabble, good restaurants, woodland, and attending the theatre.
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers - Xiaolu Guo The diary of a 24 year old Chinese woman coming to London to learn English. Written in broken English (which gradually improves) and using a word and its definition as the "hook" for each brief chapter. Some interesting insights into the differences between the two languages (no verb tenses in Chinese) as well as the two cultures, and indeed how language differences perhaps even frame the cultural differences.

See another novel of hers: Twenty Fragments of a Revenous Youth: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/76018434

Currently reading

The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy
Sebastian Peake, China MiƩville, Mervyn Peake
Gormenghast
Mervyn Peake