One on The Way In, One On The Way Out & One On The Side

One on the way in, one on the way out and one on the side.

That’s how someone I know used to describe the men in her life. For me, then and now, it was always going to describe books not men.

One on the Way In: Love Like Salt by Helen Stevenson, a memoir about mothers and daughters and specifically about raising a daughter with cystic fibrosis. One of my daughter’s friends has CF. I’m hoping this book will help me better understand the disease.

One on the Way Out: My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal. Leon, the nine-year old narrator burrowed his way into my heart as he struggled to care for his troubled mum and baby brother Jake. This debut novel explores the heartache of lost families, foster care and the swiftness with which a boy can fall between the cracks and hurtle towards trouble. The pace lagged a bit about 2/3rds of the way through, but overall I enjoyed this compassionate look at people on the margins, many of whom help Leon, a character who will stay with me for a long time.

One On the Side: In truth I have many books on the side. My to be read pile teeters with new additions. Three Junes by Julia Glass was recommended by a friend and late last week the library reservation arrived. So Three Junes it is.

What are you reading?













8 thoughts on “One on The Way In, One On The Way Out & One On The Side

  1. I’m reading Katherine by Anya Seton. It’s one of those historical novels/authors everyone raves about and for the most part I can see why. A cautionary note, it’s quite long! On the side I have The Private Lives of the Impressionists by Sue Roe which I plan to read for research purposes and I’ve just finished A Most Extraordinary Pursuit by Juliana Grey (a pseudonym for Beatriz Williams) – read that one for an article I’m writing for the Historical Novel Society.


  2. Someone actually said that about men? My TBR pile is teetering too. All the Light We Cannot See is on top and has been recommended by so many that I am going to read it as soon as I finish Brooklyn. I saw the movie and had to read the book.


    • Uh huh. Friend of a friend.

      I haven’t seen Brooklyn but am dying too as I loved the book and All The Light is on my TBR pile too. Let me know what you think.


    • ‘All The Light We Cannot See’ is the touching story of two preteens in World War Two, one of whom is blind. I loved it.
      I liked the movie Brooklyn too, but not as much as I liked the book. As you probably know it won The International Impac Dublin Literary Award, said to be the richest literary award, the winner chosen by a team consisting of librarians and literary profs.
      My reading list is a not very exciting . On it are first “Maigret Takes A Room’ and ‘Sunday’ by Simenon. Two stories set in Paris- with an interview with Simeon. The stories are each detective ones and are detective tracts, and I’m also reading ‘Testament Of Youth’ and ‘Testament of Experience’ the first about WWI and the second about WW2 autobiographies by Vera Brittain. I read Testament of Youth years ago. but it’s good to read again. It’s hot here so nice to sit with a cold drink and a book.
      The fly leaf of Maigret Takes A Room says ‘ A blessed companion is a book.’ I agree. Annie


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