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By way of introduction…

Hello, my name is George. Welcome to Bookstalling, a literary blog where I write about what I read.

There was a lot of time for reading in 2020, what with one thing and another, though it didn’t always feel like it. I raced through books like nobody’s business, picking up a new one before I’d barely put down the last. Well, I want to stop doing that, to slow things down and to think more about what I’m reading. That’s why I’ve set up Bookstalling: to pay attention.

If fellow readers get something out of this, too, then fantastic. I welcome discussion and recommendations and am always looking to expand my literary horizons. So do get in touch! I will hopefully not be the only person contributing to this blog (my brother, for one, has agreed to help), so you can expect a range of different opinions coming from this side at least.

In the meantime, here are a few of the books I enjoyed most last year. You will notice there aren’t many (if any) contemporary books, which is something I definitely hope to change via this blog.

Favourite reads of 2020

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Money by Martin Amis

Pnin by Vladmir Nabokov

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively

The Counterlife by Philip Roth

Washington Square by Henry James

The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker

The Bellarosa Connection by Saul Bellow

by George Cochrane