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.
Stand Before Your God: An American Schoolboy in England - Paul Watkins Memoirs of coming from the US, to Oxford, via the Dragon prep school and Eton. Some parts very evocative of time and place and parallels with when I was at boarding school in Oxford at exactly the same time, and the outlook of a young, abandoned child: the sights, smells and traditions of school life. Other incidents seem much less plausible (taken from films and comic strips?), eg an over-charged hand warmer setting the wearer's trousers on fire and the cliched filling a whole dorm with feathers from pillow fights, or just carelessly inaccurate, eg term ending 3 weeks after bonfire night and going to Eton only 4 years after starting the Dragon aged 7. The echoes with my own experiences made it more frustrating but also more compelling than it might be for others.

Currently reading

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