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.
Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen, Alfred Mac Adam Spirited Catherine Morland, at 17, samples the delights of Bath society, along with the pressures and betrayals that go with it, mixing with those more wealthy and educated than she is. At times her imagination runs away with her (it all gets rather gothic), but at other times, she takes things at face value and doesn't see the obvious, which is part of her charm, both to the reader and some of the men she meets. The ending is much too abrupt, and personally I am not very keen on Austen's occasional asides to the reader, but otherwise, very enjoyable.

Currently reading

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