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"You can never get a cup of tea large enough, or a book long enough to suit me"

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The words of C S Lewis and so true.  I love reading and write very succinct reviews in my bullet journal just to remind me if I loved the book and will be returning to its magic, if it will be lost in the echoes of my mind or if I just stopped (I do not believe I have time to waste on books that do not give me joy).  This is going to be an online version of my what, why and when with a few words to support.  I hope maybe it helps someone else find some books to read.

Give me a shout (comments or  rustybooklove@gmail.com) if you have any recommendations or book chat.  I'm a  kindle lover but currently returned to real books just because they feel good.  Below is my current pile to be consumed. We'll find out as we go on how discriminatory I am in terms of genre.......






I write this sitting in the kitchen sink; what is a classic?

My new discovery of I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith led me to wonder what other classics I had missed and then what is a classic?  In my mind it is a book that was around when I was child that my mum or penguin told me I should read.  Richard Davies (50 classic books) defines as “If people are still reading the book 50 years after it was published then it's probably on its way to being a classic.” I have to agree with him though, the pressure of reading books because you should disappears after the end of our formal study of English Literature.  I hated Austen's "Emma" although I was brave enough to read "Pride and Prejudice and actually enjoyed it but this forced reading of Austen put me off classics for a long time.   It has to be something more than just note-worthy, it has to be enjoyable and still resonate however many years after publication.  I think this can definitely be said of I Capture the Castle.  I have two lists of three to complete (I am not …

I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith

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Why?After reading a book, I quite often look at other reviews on goodreads and amazon.  Mud By Emily Thomas seemed to evoke a lot of comparisons to "I Capture The Castle" which I had never even heard of, let alone read.  After a bit of googling, I also found that it was listed as number 82 in BBC The Big Read (Wiki) in 2003 above the Godfather, Cold Comfort Farm and Oliver Twist.  I requested via the library app and awaited its arrival at my pick up of choice. What?Otherwise known as amazon spiel:

'I write this sitting in the kitchen sink' is the first line of this timeless, witty and enchanting novel about growing up. Cassandra Mortmain lives with her bohemian and impoverished family in a crumbling castle in the middle of nowhere. Her journal records her life with her beautiful, bored sister, Rose, her fadingly glamorous stepmother, Topaz, her little brother Thomas and her eccentric novelist father who suffers from a financially crippling writer's block. However, …

The Amateurs by Sara Shepard

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Why?So I know this is getting a bit boring but yes another one on the list from BOOKWORMS: Leeds Book Club.  I've joined the Book Riot Challenge so expect some different reasons for why coming up..... What?Otherwise known as amazon spiel:

Everyone's dying to know the truth . . .

When Aerin Kelly was eleven, she idolised her seventeen-year-old sister, Helena, and they did everything together. They made Claymation movies and posted them to YouTube. They made fun of Windmere-Carruthers, the private school they attended, they invented new flavours for their parents' organic ice cream shop, and they dressed up their golden retriever, Buster. But when Helena went into senior year things started to change. Rather than being Aerin's inseparable sister, she started to push her away. Then, on a snowy winter's day, Helena vanished. 

Four years later, Helena's body is found. Wracked with grief and refusing to give up on her sister, Aerin spends months trying to figure out what…

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

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Why?You may remember that I follow a book club on facebook called BOOKWORMS: Leeds Book Club.  The brilliant lass who runs it published a list for the year and so I started my usual search through the Leeds Library App (I've used it to borrow an audio book but I'm not sure that they are for me.  I just seem to fall asleep).  The Couple Next Door was the first one I found available so yes, I can hear your enthusiasm to know, I picked it up from the faithful yellow van.  I felt quite smug about it.  Walked out of my door and picked up the book I wanted to read.  Sheer brilliance from Leeds City Council.  Anyway, back to the book.... What?Otherwise known as amazon spiel:

Fast-paced and addictive, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR announces a major new talent in thriller writing. 

You never know what's happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her cryin…

Currently Reading......

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Caroline Bond "The Forgotten Sister"

I'm completely gripped at current.  This a new publication from a Leeds based author.



The Macroodelzig by Beffy Parkin

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Why?See my post "Review or not to review?", I volunteered to review this!  What?Otherwise known as amazon spiel:

Not all pets are sweet and fluffy, some are silly, chaotic and scruffy. The Macroodelzig Amazon link


Rusty words  ☕ ☕ ☕ ☕  "Just because she's quirky, doesn't mean she's no good! We're on the same wavelength, we're misunderstood!"
I love this book.  As stated in my Amazon review, it is Julia Donaldsonesque but funnier and with a nice moral undertone.  The illustrations by Tommings are brilliant; simple, funny and bright.  They fit perfectly with the story.

We read this the first time with both my four and eight year old.  It stimulated some good conversations.  When the eight year old asked why there was a Mama and a Mum, eyes were rolled by the four year old as he reminded his sister that two ladies can fall in love and have babies.  "Of course!" was the response and we carried on with the book.

We're all a bit quirky and diffe…

To review or not to review?

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When I started the blog, I did a bit of research about the art of the review.  The words of Jessica Parker rang in my ears "When it comes to love and life, why do we always believe our worst reviews?".  The google searches and Netgalley advice all pointed to the always see the positive approach.  My mum's favourite saying seemed to be at the forefront: "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all?".  Looking back, this did explain the long drawn out silences in our house.  Particularly when I got a new haircut......

I cannot always see the positive though.  I'm a real person.  And books that I do not enjoy make me angry.  I feel like I have wasted my time.  In the wise words of a psychoanalyst though, I cannot control the book but I can control my reaction to it.  This public reviewing lark should be a good exercise for life methinks.

So.  I got asked to do a review.  I was so excited.  I say "asked" it was more like an indepen…