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About wildnightin

An only child whose friends lived at least an hour away, I had crazy nights in sitting on the worn red futon by the fire, feasting my eyes and ears on fiction, foreign languages and films. This blog is a way to meet and talk to people who like reading, watching films or foreign languages.

{Long-term Reading Challenge} The Classics Club

The aim is simple: read and write on your blog about 50+ classic books over the course of 5 years.

Simple stuff, right? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

{Reading Event} Waiting on Wednesday

{Reading Event} Waiting on Wednesday

Counting down the days until a particular book (or seven) gets published?

This weekly event, hosted by the book blogger, Breaking the Spine, gives you the chance to share that anticipation with others.

This week’s pre-publication “why-does-time-move-so-slowly” pick is:  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

{Review} A Cruel Courtship – Candace Robb

{Review} A Cruel Courtship – Candace Robb

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A Cruel Courtship is the last book in the Margaret Kerr series. Set in Scotland in 1297, just before the Battle of Stirling Bridge, this book ties up several of the loose threads that have been left hanging over Margaret’s head. It also allows Robb to ‘retire’ Margaret from her role, gently writing her out. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2016 in 2016 Reading Challenge, Books

 

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{Review} A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar – Suzanne Joinson

{Review} A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar – Suzanne Joinson

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The story opens just outside Kashgar, (Western China) in 1923. The opening is toe-curlingly painful to read as an eleven year old girl, clearly too young to give birth, dies in labour. Throughout A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar, Joinson does not shy away from the gruesome. Everything from abortion in the 1920s’, to Tayeb’s experiences as an illegal immigrant from Yemen, to the (nauseating) extremities that people in cults will go to to obtain ‘enlightenment’ are examined. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2016 in Books

 

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{Review} On Tangled Paths – Theodor Fontane

{Review} On Tangled Paths – Theodor Fontane

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First published in 1887, Irrungen, Wirrungen tells the story of two lovers who are doomed to never spend their lives together despite wanting to.

Although the theme was hardly a new one, even to contemporary readers, the way the story unfolds is beautiful-  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2016 in 2016 Reading Challenge

 

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{Review} A Country in the Moon: Travels in Search of the Heart of Poland – Moran

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Every now and again, there is a book that fills one with so much rage it is almost impossible to finish.

This was that book. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2016 in 2016 Reading Challenge

 

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{Review} Reykjavík Nights: Murder in Reykjavík – Arnaldur Indriðason

The week before last we had something of an Indian Summer. As the mercury hit the mid-20s for the 3rd day in a row I picked up this book: the title evoking endless nights and mankind’s darker side. Did it live up to expectations? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2016 in 2016 Reading Challenge

 

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{Review} The Owl Service – Alan Garner

{Review} The Owl Service – Alan Garner

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Owls. That was the pattern formed by the plates hidden upstairs. But these owls vanished when they were copied onto paper. With each owl that fades from the page, another layer of magic is awoken, forming a net that encloses the valley. As the web tightens, will Alison, Roger and Gwyn be able to free themselves, or are they the latest three in the valley’s history to be forced to relive it? Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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2016 European Reading Challenge – Introduction

Hello there, blogosphere!

I’ve been bumbling around the book shelves without any feeling of purpose over the last few years. Sad, I know. As a result, I haven’t read as widely as in the past and you know what?

It is time for that to change! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2016 in 2016 Reading Challenge

 

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{Review} The Celtic Ring – Björn Larsson

One of the main reasons I proof read on www.pgdp.net is so that I can pick up inklings about what it was like to live at the time when the novel was written. It’s exciting to find out about issues and PoVs contemporary to the author or story. But I spend so much time flicking through these older books that I often forget just how different the world was even a few years ago.

The Celtic Ring took me back to 1990 (24 years ago! 24!! The Berlin Wall had come down a few months before that!) with a little bump. My goodness how times have changed! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2014 in 2014 Reading Challenges, Books

 

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