Romance Archives

Hourglass by Claudia Gray – What your teen will be reading this weekend…

While everyone in the book business is hunting down the next Twilight, teens seem to have made their choice. The three volumes of Claudia Gray’s Evernight series are selling and selling and selling. Why now? The third volume, Hourglass has just hit the shelves. Hourglass is the Number One Bestseller this week. We had pre-orders dating back to October! What’s it all about? Read more

by | February 26, 2010

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

When you love Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and George Eliot, and love to talk about their work, there comes a day when someone recommends that you read Mrs Elizabeth Gaskell. Recommendations are funny things, if they come at the right moment, and that ‘right’ moment is impossible to define, you may pick up the book immediately and read it without prejudice. If a recommendation comes at the wron... Read more

by | February 17, 2010

Don Juan, Cue the Music: Let Me Count the Ways – Part Six

Valentine’s Day is finally upon us, there is no escape. We all just have to make the most of it. Whether you’re in love, that state of blissful self-delusion, or in a long term relationship, that state of blunt, monotonous reality, you will have to do something for your partner. Those in the violent throes of new love will leap at the chance to express their irrepressible longing &#... Read more

by | February 12, 2010

Booktopia is having a Sale: what to pick? what to pick?

There are so many books to choose from in Booktopia’s 6th Birthday Sale, making a choice can be daunting. Take my hand and let me lead you through the aisles. I’m a bit of a fiction addict so we can start there. We can drift down the Crime aisle and pick up a Peter Robinson, an Ian Rankin, flick through a James Patterson and then pop a couple of Michael Connelly‘s into our bas... Read more

by | February 10, 2010

Romeo and Juliet – Kiss By the Book: Let Me Count the Ways – Part Three.

I am no Romeo. I haven’t the courage to live by my heart’s direction, I haven’t the self-confidence to assume my love will be accepted, that I will be desired in return… Each of my actions is measured. I live by committee, a committee dominated by the anti-me league. I express a desire and they debate it. By the time an agreement is reached, the object of my desire has e... Read more

by | February 2, 2010

Love in the Time of Cholera – Love for Singles: Let Me Count the Ways – Part Two

Singles! The darkest day in the calender is nearly upon you. Valentine’s Day! The day when you are forced to look into the dusty heart of your singledom, the day when that brave smile will not come, when all your claims of happiness are exposed as lies, the day when Valentine cards from well meaning friends serve only to remind you of your large bottom or your wonky eye or your hideous fa... Read more

by | January 30, 2010

Cyrano de Bergerac : How do I love thee? Let me count the ways – Part One

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching… What to do, what to say? Love is so complex! In this age of Twitter, texting and ‘time poverty’ our capacity to communicate complicated feelings is in dangerous decline. Sure, we can speak in short imbecilic bursts –  we can rant, we can reiterate, repeat and Retweet – but can we elucidate, extrapolate or explain? In this, the shallow... Read more

by | January 28, 2010

The Best of 2009 -Vampire Academy Series, Sookie Stackhouse, Under the Dome

Book sales BOOOOOMED in 2009. Some suggest this was caused by the Global Financial Crisis which sent us scurrying off to the safety of our beds and the reliability of a good book. Others suggest that in the face of our present technology overload – the three remotes  needed to turn on a TV, the home computer with the brain the size of a universe which can barely contain its contempt as yo... Read more

by | January 19, 2010

Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Series

I’m imagining a novelist at home alone. They are wandering from room to room rather listlessly; they pause now and again at the front window and peer out through a gap in the curtains; they pass by their writing desk without a glance at the manuscript laying there, without noting the layer of dust on the keyboard; they enter the bathroom and open the medicine cabinet; they check the lock on the... Read more

by | January 8, 2010