Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Bookworm

I've been caning it through lots of books lately - don't know why, perhaps a combination of crap telly and many Nights In recently, but I'm making a considerable dent in my always-towering To Be Read pile and very enjoyable it's been too. I was lucky enough to be sent an early copy of White Is For Witching by Helen Oyeyemi which has one of the most beautiful gothic covers I've seen - even the spine looks gorgeously and perfectly designed. I hadn't read anything by her before but she writes like a dream. (Sigh... and she's so young too... really trying not to be jealous...) I've written a review of it here if you're interested anyway.

Then, by way of complete contrast, I read 50 Ways To Find A Lover by Lucy-Anne Holmes which is out in April. My lovely editor sent me a proof and I can honestly say it's one of the funniest books I've read for a long time. It's based on the author's blog and is the story of Sarah Sargent who, crushed when the bald bloke in her local turns her down for a date because he'd rather watch the Narnia DVD, sets up a Spinsters Quest blog in the hope of finding the perfect man. She goes speed-dating, signs up to a dating agency, tries 'the older man' and visits a fetish club all in the name of a blog challenge and details everything in brilliant and hilarious detail. Honestly, it's fantastic, totally unputdownable, and is just going to be massive. You heard it here first...

Now, by way of another complete contrast, I'm reading The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry which is very good. Reminds me of The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox in so much as there's an old-lady-wrongly-locked-in-mental-institution-for-years element and I'm dying to find out how she ended up there. And I've also just treated myself to The Writer's Tale by Russell T. Davies which looks wonderful. And great research too, of course... ahem...

Half-term here so had better go - the house is ominously quiet which means there is no doubt some silent carnage and wrecking going on!

10 comments:

ChrisH said...

I'm envious of your reading - because it's half term our house is ominously noisy with stacks of visitors. Sigh!

Debs said...

Well, I WAS making good headway with my tbr pile, but now that you've posted such fab things about these books, I can see I'll have to get buying once more.

liz fenwick said...

You're reading during half term??? How?
lx

person said...

Lucy Diamond, it's Lucy-Anne Holmes, fighting an urge to find you and lick you all over....Thank you so, so, so much for
a) taking the time to read my book and
b) saying such unbelievable things about it...i'm lost for words actually..which is rare..very rare..
THANK YOU!

Right I'm off to Amazon to order all your books.
x

claire p said...

I no longer have a pile, I have a whole shelf, or two. Trouble is I just keep adding to it! I'm taking Over You with me to Bristol (hospital with Jamie. The I just have another, oh I've lost count, still to read!

Lucy Diamond said...

Hi ChrisH - ominously noisy, hmmm, that doesn't bode well for reading, does it? The peace and quiet will be blissful when the visitors depart though!

Sorry Debs! It is tantalising, isn't it, to read about good books on other people's blogs. Must confess that's why I bought the Russell T Davies one, because another blogger had been raving about it.

Hi Liz - ahh, I think my kids probably go to bed a lot earlier than your kids, that's how!

Hi Person - or rather Lucy-Anne! Oooh, I'm so excited to see you here. I truly truly LOVED your book, and guffawed and sniggered so much through it, I drove my husband nuts. I just loved Sarah (and Julia... and Simon!) and can't wait for the LA sequel now - hope the writing is going brilliantly! Cockaladas ahoy!

Hi Claire P - yes, mine is more of a small mountain than a pile also. Someone needs to pay for us to go on long holidays where there is nothing to do but catch up on reading. That's my little day-dream anyway. (PS Hope all goes well at the hospital.)

bcfreviews said...

I was like an awe-struck child reading The Writer's Tale! LOL

Shauna said...

I just finished Over You! I love love loved it. You reeled me right in from the first page then it was a case of ignoring everyone until I was done. Bravo :)

Lucy Diamond said...

BCFReviews - ahh, maybe it was your review that persuaded me, then! I've only dipped in and out so far but it looks fab.


Oh Shauna, thank you so much! Really glad you enjoyed it. xx

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