Food Fad Fury

Bring a cookbook to morning tea and suddenly everybody at the table has an opinion. Matt paper looks nice for about five minutes, but don’t put the book anywhere near where you actually cook. Drops and splashes look very nasty very quickly. Dr. Libby sucks all the joy out of life. Reading a cookbook without intending…
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Off (and on) the shelf

One of my many tragic New Year’s resolutions is to end 2015 with a smaller For Later shelf than I began it with. I'm starting as I mean to go on by shortening For Later to F. L. The futility of this endeavor was immediately evident when I read Volumes One and Two of a…
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Challenge Confessions

O.K. it's confession time. I have been an abject failure at meeting my reading challenges for 2014. A Year in Reading started out well; January, February and March have ticks beside them. But then things went to pieces. By April I was trying to make Mary Poppins do double duty - as a book that…
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“For Later” lately (4)

In an attempt to tame her ever-growing For Later list,  Robyn has decided to share with us on a regular basis the titles that she has recently added to her list. The theory being that, even if she doesn’t ever get round to reading them, she can perhaps do so vicariously through you… So please…
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Off the shelf

As followers of our blog will know, voracious reader Robyn has been sharing with us on a regular basis the titles that she has been adding to her For Later list. This time she reports back on some of the titles that have graduated to her Completed shelf. Some things that recently moved from my…
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“For Later” lately 3

In an attempt to tame her ever-growing For Later list,  Robyn has decided to share with us on a regular basis the titles that she has recently added to her list. The theory being that, even if she doesn’t ever get round to reading them, she can perhaps do so vicariously through you… So please…
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Ugly sisters

Why do some characters in novels become favourites while others are largely ignored, overshadowed by the more likeable creations who immediately spring to mind when their authors’ names are mentioned? In The Guardian recently several writers named some of the female characters they feel are not so well-loved as they might be and it’s an interesting list. Everyone loves Elizabeth Bennet…
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“For Later” lately 2

In an attempt to tame her ever-growing For Later list,  Robyn has decided to share with us on a regular basis the titles that she has recently added to her list. The theory being that, even if she doesn’t ever get round to reading them, she can perhaps do so vicariously through you… So please…
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“For Later” lately

The For Later list gets longer and longer. Surely there must be some way of making it more worthwhile and less of an impossible dream. Sharing the titles added every week and some of the reasons why? Worth a try. This week they were: The age of innocence by Edith Wharton, because Katie Roiphe, in In…
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