Book Review Friday – The Lake Shore Limited by Sue Miller

Are you looking for a good book to read? I’ve asked some of my book loving friends to share their thoughts on the books that they’ve read. Today’s review is from @OandtheFoxes.

The Lake Shore Limited by Sue Miller
I adore this book. And can’t recommend it strongly enough. It deals with the issues surrounding pain, loss and guilt. But it’s not a book that screams them in your face, more whispers them in your ear; and it’s all the more powerful for it. You’re so gently drawn in to the lives of these people that my memories of this novel and it’s story arch feel genuine and as fact.

I’ve also decided to collect all the reviews in one place so you can see what we’ve been reading. Find them under the Friday Book Review tab.

Do you agree? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below or tweet us using #bookreviewfri

New book review section coming soon

If you’ve been reading teacup and cake for a while, you would know I’m a book lover. There are some books that I love instantly, and some that takes time to draw me in.

The Wisdom of Psychopaths by Kevin Dutton

Current book I’m reading

The problem is, my time (and probably yours too) is precious, and I don’t want to waste time slogging through books I don’t want to read. I’m a stoic reader. If I start, I will try and read to the bitter end. I like to give books a chance.

There’s also the selection on offer. Where do you start? How do you get to the good stuff? What happens if you want to read outside your favourite genre/author? My Facebook feed has people asking for recommendations all the time.  I also ask my friends. However, unless I write them down, I forget what has been recommended.

So, I’ve decided to add a review section to teacup and cake. Myself and some friends will do all the hard work for you and tell you what we think and if it’s worth your time.

Look out for it. I’ll be adding a section in the next week or so.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Mind the Gap

This week’s writing challenge is certainly an interesting one – actual books vs e ones.

I spend a lot of time in the digital realm. More recently I acquired an iPad over Christmas and it’s fair to say that I’m addicted to it. I am reading more articles now. However, when it comes to books, I’m in the actual book camp. That’s not to say that I’m anti eReader, I’m more pro actual books.

The Wisdom of Psychopaths by Kevin Dutton

Current book I’m reading

eReaders are practical. Yes, you can fit 1000s of them on your Kindle and yes, it’s cheaper and yes, 50 Shades of Grey probably wouldn’t have become a massive international bestseller had it been published as an actual book first, but for me, I like holding an actual book. It’s tangible. I can touch it, turn the pages (although I curse them when I get a paper cut). I like seeing how far I’ve got to go and how much I’ve already read. If it’s an especially large book, finishing it feels like an achievement in itself.

Like my CD collection, my bookshelf charts my life through books. A nosey person can find out more about me, just by looking at my bookshelf. To me, they  – the eReaders – are uniform and bland. Actual books show their personality though their size, thickness and cover. The only personality a Kindle shows is through the jacket its owner has decided to put on it.

It may be that I’m ‘rebelling’ against the digital world. I look wistfully back to the days when we used to write letters instead of using private messages on Facebook (emails are sooo last year) and wish more people pick up the phone rather than texting. But, I can’t deny the fact that technology is helping to make things convenient, easy to access and faster.

books on shelf

A selection of my books

It’s going to be a long time until I give up the ol’ actual book. Besides, what are authors going to scribble on if actual books disappear?

So, are you an actual book person or have you already gone to the dark side and got yourself a Kindle?