There is nothing quite like a town dedicated to the written word, and that is why I had to visit Wigtown while camping in the area. This quaint seaside town in Southern Scotland boasts more than 20 book shops and hosts an annual book festival in an attempt at economic rejuvenation.
I walked in to the library earlier this week and The Visionist by Rachel Urquhart leaped out at me, calling my name. I remember a few months back this was making the rounds on some of my favorite blogs and getting good reviews. It’s set in the Shaker community and deals with questions of belief. If that’s not up my alley, then I don’t know what is. So it seemed fated that I read it. Continue reading
I recently read and reviewed A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie. As I mentioned then, Shamsie is one of my favorite South Asian writers, so when Ali at HeavenAli said Burnt Shadows was even better, I considered it a challenge. It had long been on my TBR list and decided now was the time to dive in. Continue reading
I know, it’s taken me forever to get to The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman. What can I say, I was saving it for the perfect moment. The Imperfectionists is a hard book to follow, so I wanted to be in the right mood to give Rachman a little leg up. The Rise and Fall of Great Powers was a really good book, it wasn’t The Imperfectionists, but it was a solid read. Continue reading
If you are not familiar with Bust magazine, then you probably should be. Aside from being “the magazine for women with something to get off their chests”, it’s also pretty awesome. Just the right amount of sassy, feminist and quirkiness for me. So when I saw The Bust DIY Guide to Life I know it was something i could get into. Let’s face it, not all of bow down to the alter of Martha Stewart, but we still need to know how to get things done simply, economically and stylishly. Continue reading
A couple of UK book bloggers, who I am getting to know better, have recently started an on-line magazine about books. It’s called Shiny New Books and it is pretty cool. They cover fiction, non-fiction, reprints and a whole slew of other stuff. And they have been nice enough to accept a piece by me about the Edinburgh Book Festival.
I know you want to read it, so without further ado, What To See at the Edinburgh Book Festival.