Hi, I’m Jacqui, and this blog — JacquiWine’s Journal — is a space for me to share my thoughts and reviews of some of the books I’ve been reading. It’s mostly books here, but I also post the occasional piece about wine, especially if there’s a link to a literary theme.
I’m just an everyday reader as opposed to a professional writer or reviewer. Nevertheless, I do enjoy summarising and discussing books — that’s what the blog is here for, as a forum for sharing thoughts and hopefully prompting some discussion.
I like to read a range of literary fiction, mainly 20th-century and modern classics, with a sprinkling of more contemporary stuff too. I enjoy novels, novellas and short stories (there’s usually a collection of short fiction on the go alongside the novels), maybe the occasional non-fiction title too. I’m also interested in literature in translation, especially books from Europe, Latin American and Japan. Vintage crime fiction is another big area of interest for me: typically noir, hard-boiled fiction and Golden Age mysteries from the UK, the rest of Europe, the US and Latin America.
My favourite writers include Elizabeth Taylor, Penelope Fitzgerald, Barbara Pym, Richard Yates and Raymond Chandler. Recent discoveries include William Trevor, Patrick Hamilton and (on the hard-boiled front) Ross Macdonald. These are some of the writers I’d like to explore in more depth going forward.
While my background is in marketing and customer research, I’m currently the manager of an independent bookshop in the South East of England. It’s a great job, particularly as the bookshop is such an important part of the local community – our customers are lovely. Plus, I get to be around books all day, which is another bonus.
In my spare time, I love films, particularly independent/world cinema and vintage film noir – when I’m not reading, you’ll generally find me in the cinema. I also have an interest in wine, partly professional, partly for pleasure. (I’ve worked for the Wine Society on a freelance basis for a number of years. Most of my wine comes from there, so the wine notes will link to some of their bottles – my own views, of course!)
If you can spare the time, please do leave a comment or two on any posts of interest to you.
Thanks for dropping by,