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I've been swearing a lot in Russian b/c of this



BookADay-Most Arresting Opening Line

Catch-22 - Joseph Heller

It was love at first sight.


The first time Yossarian saw the chaplain, he fell madly in love with him.

Judy: A Dog in a Million - Damien Lewis

A heart-warming and inspiring story such as this one should have been a page turner, sadly it wasn't because it's written so bad.


5* to Judy and her human friends

1* to to the book

Lost London in Colour - Brian Girling

A selection of photographies from 1840s till 1960s with a comment for each photo.


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Slaves Of The Son Of Heaven: A Personal Account Of An Australian Pow, 1942 1945 - Roy H. Whitecross

Slaves Of The Son Of Heaven is a survivor testimony. Whitecross's risking with his life kept a diary, in 1944 before proceeding to Japan all men were searched by Kempeitai the Japanese military police, and Whitecross didn't have any choice but to hide and leave his scraps of paper. When the war ended, Eric Hirsch, a man who helped to hide it, returned to the camp and dug up the diary. In Japan Whitecross and his friend Maurice Barkley were determined to write a book and kept notes of their observations and accounts of their friends. Those had to be destroyed as they were too much risk. 

I would also highly recommend Surviving The Sword: Prisoners Of The Japanese 1942-45 by Brian MacArthur and Prisoners of the Japanese by Gavan Daws

I think that, this edition published in 2000 would have benefited from an added note telling how ex prisoners of the Japanese were treated by their Australian government. 

Crap Taxidermy - Kat Su

Probably not everyone's cuppa but those who liked Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong, Awkward Family Photos etc most likely will like this book too.


I don't know if some those crap taxidermies are only taxidermists’ faults as some of them might be result of neglect or lack of care. It looks like some examples of crapy taxidermy provided in this book are in museums. :/


1. It's In The Eyes

2. Dynamic Poses

3. Grin & Bear It

4. Improving On Nature

5. Strange Anatomy

6. Anthropomorphic

7. Get Stuffed: How To Stuff Your Own Mouse


NetGalley's book

The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

Dull, disjointed and rushed.


I'm disappointed. My GR friends' average rating for The Graveyard Book is 4.14 (higher than GR rating!) and to me it was just an OK book. :(

Plum Pie - Wodehouse P G

A collection of funny, sunny and feel-good nine stories and Wodehouse's comments on American news, two poems and an essay.


I'm adding an extra star to this collection as I really liked Life With Freddie.

The Utterly Otterleys - Mairi Hedderwick

I liked a map and illustrations and that's the only positive thing I can say. And that's is the only reason why I'm not shelving this as no-stars-for-u.


It's not only extremely traditional gender roles but also Pa Utterly Otterley's complete disregard of his family's suggestions and wishes, and their meek acceptance of Pa always knows best that makes this book horrible.

Laika the Astronaut - Owen Davey

Illustrations are great and the story is OK but the ending is horrible.


LДIKA? ДSTRONДUT? DДVEY? Seriously? It looks stupid. Д is a D in Russian.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore - W. E. Joyce

I wish I could live in this book. 


A short film was inspired by this book The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore



Against YA

Read whatever you want. But you should feel embarrassed when what you’re reading was written for children. 





Ms Graham's  failed attempt to appear sophisticated. 


Currently reading

The Mammoth Book of Victorian and Edwardian Ghost Stories
Charles Dickens, Henry James, Robert Hugh Benson, Tom Gallon, Clive Pemberton, Allen Upward, Alice Perrin, Lettice Galbraith, J.E.P. Muddock, Theo Gift, Frank Cowper, J.B. Harwood, Grant Allen, Alexandre Chatrian, Émile Erckmann, Erckmann-Chatrian, Rhoda Broughton, Dinah