Coming in at number #38 on the BBC Big Read List is Persuasion written by Jane Austen. This was our pick for the Village Book group discussion at the start of September
Back in the day when I used to be a good book blogger, I undertook a reading challenge to re-read the BBC Big Read reading list from 2003. It has not been going terribly well.
I seem to spend a lot of my days on this blog apologising for my tardiness in posting. Unfortunately I had a bit of a health scare this week which resulted in a visit to A&E and a lot of lifestyle changes.
Over here at CB&C Towers, we have some special visitors - my Sister, fresh from recommending SAS Rogue Heroes to us all is visiting with her 2 dogs. We are very much looking forward to catching up with her.
For those of a certain age, living in the UK in the very early 1980s, what I am about to tell you may spark a memory or two. Each summer holiday, there was a choice of 2 long-running children's TV series
I spotted this beautifully cloth bound edition of these stories on the shelves of my local Waterstones and it is beautiful. A linen feel with dark blue Christmas Trees. Even better are the delights within.
Today's book is a proper children's classic. I had a yearning to read this, and also to watch the excellent 1994 movie with Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon. It is of course Little Women.
This is the smaller of Tolstoy's big books, at only 817 pages (!). I first read this when I was 16 years old, about to start my A-Level in English Literature and whilst our family St Bernard was having puppies.
Coming in at #87 on the BBC Big Read is Brave New World. It is a book I was first introduced to as a 13 year old, when our English Teacher decided to critique the first few paragraphs.
Back in November we moved house and area and have come to a lovely village in North Yorkshire. Having lived in our previous house for nearly 20 years, I was quite worried about leaving the community and my friends
One of the lovely things about having a cosier, quieter January is dipping back into the classics. Thinking this might be a chance to tick off another BBC Big Read title, I had a yearning to read Oliver Twist
At the time of writing this review we have just enjoyed a May Day Bank Holiday. A blissful 3 day weekend where I switched off and relaxed. I did a jigsaw, went to the gym for the first time in forever, made cake and it was heaven
I can honestly say that this year I am embracing Autumn to its fullest. We have started to light the fires in our log burner and my in laws have grown probably the biggest pumpkins I have ever seen.
Being from the marvellous county of Yorkshire, we celebrate Yorkshire Day on August 1st. By a happy set of circumstances, I found myself reading this novel by one of Yorkshire's greatest authors, Charlotte Bronte
Mrs Pearce brought alive a book written in 1813 to a bunch of hormonal, spotty teenagers. Every nuance, biting comment and witticism was beautifully explained. This, already from a teacher who had made us all fall in love
I have very hazy memories of The 39 Steps being a black and white film starring Kenneth More and involving him pursued through Scotland while handcuffed to a glamorous lady. What is very odd is that the film bears little
Released in 1843, this novella focuses on the miser Ebeneezer Scrooge, 'a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching covetous old sinner' who is visited by the ghost of his deceased business partner Jacob Marley.