London calling…..

I have been very slack on the blog for the last few weeks and the old reading schedule has gone out the window a bit too. This is mainly because my little sister is home from New Zealand for a month long visit and as she hasn’t been home in 4 years, there is a lot of catching up to do! 

The McNally girls hit London!

We had a lovely trip to London filled with shopping, galleries and cocktails! We saw the Chanel exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, the fabulous Imelda Staunton in Gypsy at the Savoy and bought beautiful fabric at Liberty.


During an evening walk down The Cut, we stumbled upon the fantastic Calder Bookshop and Theatre, which specialises in theatre books. THEATRE BOOKS. Books are bad enough for me, but theatre books? It’s like catnip! Seeing my palpitations, my sister took pity on me and bought me an early birthday present. The girl knows me well…

Shiny new books!

 The Blog Awards Ireland also happened while I was on my trip and the pain of not winning was considerably lessened by the fact that I was drinking mimosas on the South Bank as my name wasn’t announced!


 Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to win – I was just so delighted to make the final list. A big congratulations to the blogs that did win though – Irish in the American Civil War; A Patchwork Quill and Scannan– they are fantastic sites and well worth a read.

Congratulations also to my pal Niall (and co-host of Reading Ireland Month) at The Fluff is Raging, whose short story ’19 Ways to Say I Love You’ won the Hennessey new Irish Writing in the Irish Times this month. You can read it here.

I have still been reading though. I devoured Tender by Belinda McKeon, a fantastic story of an all comsuming friendship between Catherine and James set at Trinity College in the 90s. It is a wonderful book – beautifully written, immediately recognisable and totally un-put-down-able!

The epigraph of Belinda McKeon's Tender
The epigraph of Belinda McKeon’s Tender

I’ll save the review for Reading Ireland month in 2016. I’m also halfway through The Thirteenth Tale, but still waiting for it to really grab me and I am also reading Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem.

So hopefully the site will be slightly more busy this month, I’ll get back to reading all your wonderful blogs and the 746 pile will be a few books smaller. Well, that’s the plan anyway!

What are you all reading at the moment? Do you find that life has a tendency to get in the way of books?!

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  1. I read Tender when it was released and absolutely loved it. It was like being punched in the gut by my undergraduate years, while also strangely reassuring (the knowledge that someone else has made bad romantic decisions, even if it’s a fictional someone else, was soothing.) Can’t wait to read your review of it!

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  2. I loved hearing about your month with your sister (and seeing the pictures)! I’m glad you had a wonderful time, and, really, what you were doing in London sounds like way more fun than sitting at an award ceremony, even if you had been the winner. You know, in my opinion. 🙂
    After what you wrote, and reading all the comments about it, I will have to read Tender!

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  3. Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your sister! 🙂 I’m currently reading Second Hand Smoke by Thane Rosenbaum for my modern literature class. I’m only one chapter in, so there’s not a lot I can say about it yet. Hasn’t really gripped me so far, but that could still happen!

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  4. I’m reading Julia Quinn’s The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cleever. Many of my favorite, historical romance authors turned to modern day, romance suspense so I wanted to find new historical authors. I tried out Julia and got hooked. Yes, life gets in the way. For me, I sometimes have to choose because I knit and like to try out new recipes as well.

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  5. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip yo London. I haven’t read Tender, but James Salter’s Light Years (quoted in the epigraph) is a favourite novel. Have you read it? If not, it’s worth considering. 🙂


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