Charity Shop Book Haul

Charity shop book haul

What do you get when you combine a love of shopping, bargains and books? A rather large bag of books from several different charity shops along Lower Addiscombe Road, Croydon for a grand total of £7 (or £6.50 if you take out my partners Kafka that snuck into the stack. Since getting back my reading […]

The Sign Of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle

This Sherlock Holmes series has really sucked me in and I found myself returning promptly and ploughing through the second book. It was a great series to read when I attempted it a number of years ago and really wanted to get stuck into it again and stick with it. The Sign Of Four is […]

A Study In Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study In Scarlet

It has been several years since I first picked up this book and I actually worked my way through half of the eight books that I have back then but given it was such a long time there was part of me that just wanted to start again from the beginning. As I had read […]

The Watchmaker Of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

Front cover of book

It is such a good feeling when a book is able to pull you into the story and you become reluctant to put it down until it is completed. Whilst there are many good books that come and go allowing for the reader to be interested and attracted to it there are few that make […]

Peerless Flats By Esther Freud

Close up of book front cover

What made me pick up Peerless Flats when I found it in a charity shop a number of years ago is a mystery. What is more of a mystery is what made me pick it up as my next book to read through. The reviews from 1993, when this book was revealed, to more recent […]

The Picture Of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde

Penguin Books classics series

Even though I really have not read in a long time, I still find myself knowing a pretty large amount about classic books (though if I was ever to go on Mastermind they would not be my specialist subject) and am often surprised when people have not heard of something; this book is one of […]

War With The Newts By Karel Čapek

Book by Karel Capek

Reading War With The Newts it is incredibly difficult to believe it was written in 1936. Almost everybody that reads the book in the modern era reflects on certain elements sounding like they could refer to Nazi Germany and WW2. And in some ways they clearly did and picked up on the sense of war looming. […]