How to Walk into Church

How to Walk Into Church by Tony Payne

*A quick note about Christian books before I begin: I’ve mentioned several times on the blog that I have a backlog of Christian books I want to read, and that I’m hoping Books by the Window will encourage me to start making my way through them. However, reading a Christian book takes longer than a fiction book: I want to make sure I am not just reading these books but applying them to my life. As a result, I won’t be posting about my Christian reading as regularly as the rest of my reading, and I don’t want to put myself under too much pressure to schedule when I will upload these posts. But hopefully this will be helpful and encouraging to those who wish to read; it was certainly helpful for me personally to write down how this book had challenged me!

Over the summer, my church family was reading a short book called How to Walk Into Church, with the intention that we would be able to discuss it together as we prepared to move to two Sunday morning meetings. I have many excuses for why I missed the fact that we were reading this book, probably none of which are adequate, but somehow I managed to remain oblivious. This was something I really regretted when we came to discuss it together at our monthly prayer meeting, as it sounded as though most people had been very challenged and encouraged by the book, and now having read it myself, I wish I had been able to properly join in that discussion. Read more


The Romance of a Shop

The Romance of a Shop by Amy Levy

Before last year, I had never heard of The Romance of a Shop or its author, Amy Levy. However, it was included in the reading list for one of my MA modules and since then this book has quickly become one of my favourite Victorian novels. Despite having read it a while ago, I wanted to take some time to write about this novel not just because it is a book I love writing about, but because it is a book which deserves more recognition than it currently receives in literary discussion. Read more

A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

PLEASE NOTE: There are some big spoilers for the end of A Farewell to Arms in this post.

I bought A Farewell to Arms partly because I had enjoyed The Old Man and the Sea and For Whom the Bell Tolls and partly because I had a voucher and it happened to fit nicely price-wise with the rest of the books I was intending to buy. It always seemed to me to be one of those books you feel that you should read at some point, so this summer seemed as good a time as any to find out what it was actually about. Read more

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

I’ll admit to being a little late to the party with this novel: I had been seeing and hearing plenty about Jonas Jonasson and his writing over the past few years, but had never quite got round to actually reading any of his novels. However, with my dissertation submitted, I was looking for a lighter book to read so it seemed about time I found out what everyone was so excited about. Read more

Welcome to Books by the Window

Hello, my name is Sally Miller, and I’d like to welcome you to my blog: Books by the Window! I recently finished a Masters degree in English Literature and have quickly realised upon finishing that, although my friends and family are happy to listen to my ramblings about books now that I don’t have any other outlet, I can only subject them to so much before it becomes a bit annoying. Since the idea of starting a blog had been on my mind for a while, it seemed like a good time to give myself a space for my thoughts about books and related media and hopefully be able to enter into discussions with others who are also thinking through these things. I’m so excited to be starting on this new adventure now! Read more