The annual Charlotte Square build is underway. Thanks to @CakeQuestEdin for this.


This means that I may officially get excited! As you know I’ve slowed the blog down recently so as to make a dent in the EIBF reading pile. Time for a quick progress photo.


8 down. Even so the EIBF TBR remains twice as tall as the completed pile. Nil desperandum …. I’m enjoying this readathon, free from the tyrannies of reviewing. There’s some excellent stuff in that pile. Will tell you more during the festival itself but for now, I’ll divulge that I nominated Alice Thompson’s Burnt Island for the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize.