Countdown to 2023 – Day 10 ‘Under the Tree’ (21 days remaining)


Today is day 10 of my countdown to 2023.  Today’s prompt is ‘Under the Tree’ and I’ve chosen a book that I bought but haven’t yet got round to reading – there were a few to choose from I’m ashamed to say!.  The prompts can be found here if you want to join in.  I’m hoping to use mostly books read this year.  Let’s begin:

 UNDER THE TREE (A book you forgot you owned)

I was so excited to buy this book and also in a ridiculous rush to own a copy and yet I still haven’t read it – what is wrong with me *mutter, mutter mutter*.  Piranesi by Susanna Clarke – has anyone read this one yet?


Tomorrow: Mistletoe – a little bit of romance


Can’t Wait Wednesday : Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Can't Wait Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that was originally created by Breaking the Spine.  Unfortunately Breaking the Spine are no longer hosting so I’m now linking my posts up to Wishful Endings Can’t Wait Wednesday. Don’t forget to stop over, link up and check out what books everyone else is waiting for.  If you want to take part, basically, every Wednesday, we highlight a book that we’re really looking forward to.  This week my book is : Piranesi by Susanna Clarke.  I cannot even begin to express how excited I am about this book.  I loved Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and have been eagerly awaiting news of what Susanna Clarke would write next.  Anyway – here’s the cover and the description (and thanks to Tammy for bringing this to my attention last week and just about making my day):

PiranesiFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, an intoxicating, hypnotic new novel set in a dreamlike alternative reality.

Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.

There is one other person in the house-a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.

For readers of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane and fans of Madeline Miller’s CircePiranesi introduces an astonishing new world, an infinite labyrinth, full of startling images and surreal beauty, haunted by the tides and the clouds.

Expected publication: September 2020

“..perhaps mortals are not formed for fairy bliss?”


Here we are again with the Friday Face Off meme created by Books by Proxy .   This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers.  The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme (list below) choose a book, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below. This week’s theme:

‘Checkmate’ – a cover featuring a black and white design.

And I’ve chosen Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

My favourite(s) this week:


I like the simplicity of the above cover


And this one is so unusual – it almost plays a trick on you when you try to read it.

Which is your favourite?

Next week – a cover which is mostly purple

Future themes:

22nd September 2017 – As purple as the heather – a cover which is mostly purple

29th September 2017 – Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady – a cover featuring a heart

6th October 2017 – ‘Then let the crabs be cursed by Odin’ – a cover featuring a Viking ‘

13th October 2017 – You have nice manners for a thief, and a LIAR!’  – a cover with a dragon

20th October 2017 – ‘Me and my….’ – a cover featuring a Shadow

27th October 2017 – “Thus with a kiss I die” – a cover featuring a couple

3rd November 2017 – ‘Desperate affairs require desperate measures’ – a regency style cover

10th November 2017 – ‘zip it, lock it and throw away the key – a cover featuring a key

17th November 2017 – Snap! – a cover featuring a double image or reflection

24th November 2017 – ‘I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently’ – a cover featuring snow

1st December 2017 – The pen is mightier than the sword – a cover featuring a fancy font

8th December 2017 – ‘Do not go gentle’ – a cover featuring the night…

15th December 2017 – Hubble bubble toil and trouble – a cover featuring a portion/perfume bottle