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Jacob's Room is Full of Books: A Year of Reading (edition 2017)

by Susan Hill (Author)

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Title:Jacob's Room is Full of Books: A Year of Reading
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What could be better than a book about books! ( )
  mamabear54 | Sep 4, 2018 |
I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as Howards End is on the Landing, but it's fun. The structure here division by month, with entries through each month ranging from a sentence or two to several pages long. The general sense is of an overview of Hill's “year in reading,” which is somewhat seasonally directed, and of her thoughts on various books, genres, and authors, but these bookish pieces are interspersed with accounts of birds sighted, thoughts on e-readers, the traffic in Oxford, Cistercian monastics, the challenges of responding to reader mail. An opinionated woman who has read widely and met some interesting people, Hill's musings, bookish and otherwise, make for a light but pleasant read. ( )
  meandmybooks | Mar 8, 2018 |
Different to Howards End is on the landing, this is arranged in diary mode, her musings on her life in Norfolk, the publishing/writing world and the amount of letters she gets about Woman in Black. Very readable, gives an insight into her thoughts on her writing and her characters. ( )
  mlfhlibrarian | Jan 9, 2018 |
Another joyous book about books, with plenty of enriching asides thrown in.

I particularly enjoyed this book as I bought it in Holt, in Norfolk, whilst on holiday and Susan Hill moved to this area about five years ago, so occasionally makes references to nearby places which we have been visiting.
Personal serendipity apart, it contains sufficient mentions of books that I have read and enjoyed to make me happy to add others to my ever growing list of "to be read" books.
There are also lovely quotes every now and again, with humour and warmth in abundance.

My only complaint would be that there are too many references to the potential evils of book prizes, whilst the author admits that she benefitted greatly from an award she won early in her career. ( )
  CarltonC | Oct 19, 2017 |
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When we spend so much of our time immersed in books, who's to say where reading ends and living begins? The two are impossibly and gloriously wedded, as Hill shows in Jacob's Room Is Full of Books. Considering everything from Edith Wharton's novels through to Alan Bennett's diaries, Virginia Woolf and the writings of twelfth century monk Aelred of Rievaulx, Susan Hill charts a year of her life through the books she has read, reread or returned to the shelf. From beneath a shady tree in a hot French summer, or the warmth of a kitchen during an English winter, Hill reflects on what her reading throws up, from writing and writers to politics and religion, as well as the joy of dandies or the pleasure of watching a line of geese cross a meadow. Full of wry observations and warm humour, as well as strong opinions freely aired, this is a rare and wonderful insight into the rich world of reading from one of the nation's most accomplished authors.… (more)

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