About Me

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 like to read. It’s mostly books here, but I also post the occasional piece about wine, especially if there’s a link to a literary theme.

Having never studied literature beyond O Level, I’m just an ordinary reader as opposed to a professional writer or reviewer. Nevertheless, I do enjoy summarising and discussing certain books, and that’s what the blog is here for, as a forum for sharing thoughts and hopefully prompting some discussion.

I read a range of literary fiction, mainly 20th-century and modern classics with a sprinkling of more contemporary works 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 world lit/literature in translation, especially works from Europe, Latin American and Japan. Vintage crime fiction is another big area of interest for me: noir, hard-boiled and Golden Age mysteries from the UK, the rest of Europe, the US and Latin America.

While I do read quite a lot of literature in translation, I also aim to review books written in the English language – so roughly half of my reviews will cover translations, the other half books written in English. That’s a very rough approximation as I like to read a mix of different stuff.

I enjoy participating in themed reading events if there’s a link to or sufficient crossover with my areas of interest e.g. WITMonth (women in translation), Spanish Lit Month, German Lit Month and certain author events. I suppose it depends on what takes my fancy at the time.

My favourite writers include F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jane Austen, Raymond Chandler, Richard Yates and James Salter. Recent discoveries include Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Pym, Penelope Fitzgerald, Joan Didion, Jean Rhys, Elizabeth Bowen, Patrick Hamilton and (on the hard-boiled front) Ross Macdonald. These are some of the writers I want to explore in more depth going forward – Yates and Salter are in this category too.

In September 2016, I will be co-hosting #ReadingRhys with Eric Karl Anderson who writes at the Lonesome Reader blog – it’s a reading week devoted to the work of Jean Rhys. If you’re interested in more information about the event, there’s a ‘Jean Rhys Reading Week’ page within the tabs near the top of the home page, and the announcement post is here:

https://jacquiwine.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/announcing-jean-rhys-reading-week-12th-18th-september-2016/

JeanRhysReadingWeek banner

When I’m not reading, I work as a freelancer in customer research and analysis. I’m a UK-based wine lover with a connection to The Wine Society in Stevenage. I’ve been a member of The Society for 15 years, and I work with them on a freelance basis from time to time (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.

If you’d like to contact me, I’m on twitter @JacquiWine or you can email me at jacqui100@live.co.uk. I’m on GoodReads too – you’ll find me under ‘JacquiWine’.

Thanks for dropping by,

Jacqui

28 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Lisa Hill

    Hello Jacqui and welcome to blogging:)
    I must say that I am very impressed with how you’ve begun, my early posts look very amateur by comparison – yours look as if you’ve been blogging since birth!
    That’s a very tantalising bookshelf in your header, I love seeing other readers’ books….
    I am really looking forward to adding your reviews to my inbox from now onwards.

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  2. jacquiwine Post author

    Thanks, Lisa! I’m very grateful for your encouragement and support – it’s helped me to make the leap into blogging. Looking forward to continuing the conversation with you and exchanging thoughts on books.

    Yes, I love looking at other readers’ shelves, too. It’s so fascinating to glimpse their choices!

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  3. MarinaSofia

    You finally got a blog of your own – delighted to see that and will of course be following you. Books and wine? Is there a more heavenly combination?

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  4. jacquiwine Post author

    Thank you, Marina! Participating in Stu’s IFFP-shadowing project gave me a bit of a taste for blogging. Thanks for following, too, and I’m looking forward to exchanging thoughts via our blogs.

    And yes, there will be wine…in fact, I’m planning a wine-match piece inspired by ‘The Mussel Feast’. It should be up next weekend :)

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    1. jacquiwine Post author

      Gosh, thank you, Cathy! That’s very kind of you – I feel honoured! I’m just about to dash out (as I’ve got a horribly busy week ahead), but I’ll check it out properly as soon as I can.
      I love the concept of your blog, and you review such an interesting range of books. Thanks again for thinking of me.

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  5. MarinaSofia

    Ooopsie, I see that I’m not the only one – should have checked first – have nominated you for Very Inspiring Blog award too! Such a lot of impact in such a short time!

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    1. jacquiwine Post author

      Congratulations on your very well-deserved award, Marina!
      Wow, thank you so much for nominating me – that’s very kind of you, especially as I hold your blog in such high regard. I’m thrilled!
      Here’s to many more conversations about books :)

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  7. bwhite21

    Interesting blend of lit in translation and wine. Some cheese and bread would go well. As what you read and your blog roll will expand what I will read and review I will follow. My TBR is becoming insurmountable.

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    1. JacquiWine Post author

      Thanks for following, hope you enjoy. I don’t read very much poetry, I’m afraid. Most of my reading is fiction: novels and short stories.

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    1. JacquiWine Post author

      Aren’t they just! I really need to try to write a few more pieces about wine as I’ve rather slipped out of the habit of late. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back into the swing of it fairly soon. :)

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  8. Jolene

    Hi Jacqui!
    You have a amazing blog and I am infinitely glad to have stumbled upon it! I wish to be back soon to explore further, but the more important thing is, you have given me the jolt of motivation to lose myself in literature! Like you, I prefer to read a mix of English and foreign literature, with my foreign favourites being Tolstoy and Dumas… You’ve offered so many more names above and I can’t wait to delve further!
    Hope to share the WP journey with you. 😊

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    1. JacquiWine Post author

      Hi Jolene. Many thanks for stopping by and for your kind words. It’s always nice to *meet* new readers who are interested in different kinds of literature, especially classics and translated fiction. Tolstoy is one of the greats, for sure. I look forward to chatting to you again in the future. :)

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