#1 Denis Theriault- The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman- #20booksofsummer

Secretly steaming open envelopes and reading the letters inside, Bilodo has found an escape from his lonely and routine life as a postman. When one day he comes across a mysterious letter containing a single haiku, he finds himself avidly caught up in the relationship between a long-distance couple who write to each other using only beautiful poetry. He feasts on their words, vicariously living a life for which he longs. But it will only be a matter of time before his world comes crashing down around him…


Unassuming man

Toils daily with mail

Seeking soulmate with haikus.


Shines light on circle

Of life, love, being.

Your heart will ache pleasingly.




20 Books of Summer 2018

With one thing and another, I’ve found my blogging a bit challenging of late, and although I will be bringing my crime reviews up to date, I feel…well…a bit crime’d out. My reading soul is crying out for some fictional fodder so aside from the reading commitments I have over the next couple of months, I’m going to tackle the 20 Books of Summer Challenge again, the brainchild of the brilliant Cathy at 746 Books.

You’re entirely free to choose 5, 10, 15, 20 books- the choice is yours, to be read between 1st June and 3rd September. I’ll be tweeting my reviews via my blog using the #20BOOKSOFSUMMER, and via @cathy746books  but check out the link above for other social media info, and to look at the other participants’ choices too! I’ve seen some cracking lists, containing many books that have piqued my interest over the years too.  

 I think I managed 10 last time, but dodgy eye aside, I am proper going for it this time, and have raided my bookshelves for 20 ‘I will read this someday’ books, which have tarried long enough in the to-be-read mountain…

So in no particular order, here they are…

  • Richard Wight- Native Son
  • Olaf Olafsson- Absolution
  • Michael Ignatieff- Charlie Johnson In Flames
  • Paul Lynch- Red Sky Morning
  • Walker Percy- Lancelot
  • Michael Pitre- Fives and Twenty-Fives
  • Linda Olsson- Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs
  • Zoe Duncan- The Shifting Pools
  • Christopher Hibbert- Angels of Detroit
  • Matt Gallagher- Youngblood
  • Paula Coccoza- How To Be Human
  • Kyo Maclear- Birds Art Life Death
  • Theodore Brun- A Mighty Dawn
  • Denis Theriault- The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman
  • Sarah Hall- The Carhullan Army
  • Nadim Safdar- Akram’s War
  • Connor O’Callaghan- Nothing On Earth
  • Jonas Hassen Khemiri- Everything I Don’t Remember
  • Laura Lindstedt- Oneiron
  • Eowyn Ivey- To The Bright Edge of the World

Happy days!

Raven’s Joining In! #20booksofsummer – and Raven’s Mum too!

20 books

I’ve been following Cathy’s #20booksofsummer reading challenge at 746books.com for a couple of years now, and having seen a whole host of my favourite bloggers taking up the gauntlet, decided it was time to join in the fun! Running from 1st June to 5th September you can set yourself a challenge of nominating as many books as you would like to, or have time to read, within these dates. 

With my bookshelves positively groaning with books I have not had time to get to, and crime books naturally taking precedence, I think this will be a great opportunity to finally read some non-crime books that have been calling to me from my stupendously stupendous TBR pile.

 As you can see from the photo below there is only 1 book that could be loosely categorized as crime, but the rest are strictly fiction, and what’s this? A science fiction book too! For anyone who knows me this is a bold move!

Oh yes, it’s an eclectic mix….



And to add to the fun Raven’s most excellent mum, also a voracious reader, has decided to join the challenge with, I have to say, an enticing shelf too. She will be tweeting her thoughts along the way via the hashtag #20booksofsummer… Brace yourselves… 😉


If you want to join in the fun with 5, 10, 20, or however many you please, have a look at Cathy’s blog here , on Facebook or via cathy746books on Twitter.

A happy summer of reading awaits. It’s just a matter of choosing what to read first…