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.
Elegance - Kathleen Tessaro Chick lit plus. Using the alphabetical headings from a 1950s book about elegance as a framework, she tells the tale of her failing marriage (exacerbated by her use of the book to transform herself) and her moderately dysfunctional childhood - and indeed, adulthood. The childhood embarrassments are the best described, and something of their tone reminded me of Eugenides' Middlesex. The book seems to lose its spark about a third of the way through and become just another Bridget Jones.

Currently reading

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