Judging a book by its cover: Physiognomy by Jeffrey Ford

Wednesdays are cool cover days, and today is no different – except that instead of half a dozen covers, I just have one today: Pysiognomy by Jeffrey Ford. I am unashamed to report that I saw this book for the first time this morning and have added it to the to-read pile based on the cover alone.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Shiny and new on the to-read pile

Top Ten Tuesday - Bayrock, Bookrock - Sidebar crop copy It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bit of bookish list action. Hosted as ever by the Broke and the Bookish, this week’s theme is books new on the to-read pile. As someone with a weird assortment of novels and school books piling up on my bedside table (and what is turning into an almost pathological addiction to requesting library books), this week’s theme is exactly up my alley. And who knows, maybe you’ll spot a couple of titles that will end up on your precarious bedside table stack too. Let me know if they do! Just click on a cover to hop over the Goodreads description.

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Top Ten Tuesday: the elusive releases of 2015

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It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted as ever by The Broke and the Bookish! This week is make-your-own-theme, so I took it as a chance to put together a list of 2015 books that I still haven’t managed to get my hands on – not including this fall’s  line-up of crazy excellent yet-to-be-released fiction. (Hint: that’s next week’s Top Ten Tuesday.)

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A trio of nonfiction

I read a lot of books, but somehow very little nonfiction crosses my desk. Case in point: Goodreads tells me I’ve read 57 books so far this year, but only two of them have been nonfiction. Yikes.

There are definitely gems in the nonfiction I’ve read in the past few years (My Year of the Racehorse and After Visiting Friends spring to mind), so it’s not that I don’t enjoy nonfiction… there’s just something in me that balks at picking it up.

But here are three that are on my to-read list – a reminder that reading nonfiction doesn’t mean returning to those unwieldy Eyewitness volumes stocking shelves on public school shelves everywhere.

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