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.
The Virgin Blue - Tracy Chevalier Alternating chapters tell the stories of two women, one the distant ancestor of the other, with strange parallels in their lives, exposed as the modern women investigates her ancestry.

The modern story does not ring as true - especially the rapidity with which friendships and extended hospitality occur.

American spelling and (in the old story) use of dashed instead of speech marks was distracting, and oddly, there were several sentences that just didn't make sense, even on rereading.

Currently reading

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