hello september! an update

i was going to write and publish a book review today, but i realised it wasn't really what i wanted to post right now. i know this is a book blog, but for me it's also very personal. it is my life in books. books are right at the heart of me. but recently books [...]

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Things I’m reading that aren’t books

I read a lot of books, but I also read a lot of other stuff that doesn't require quite so much concentration and/or time. A lot of this is book reviews and blog posts, but it varies. Here is what I have been reading recently: Fern Riddell's article on History Today - Sanitising the Suffragettes: [...]

An Update

Hello dear readers - as you may have noticed, the blog has been rather quiet of late. I had a total reading slump leading up to Christmas, though I did manage to finish one book at the end of December (Miss Jane by Brad Watson) which I will review at some point. I'm currently reading [...]

In Praise Of: True Crime

Many years ago I worked as a bookseller for Borders and I have to admit that the true crime section was not one that I thought of as full of ‘literature’. All the books had sensational covers with big red letters and bad photographs. They were small fat books that didn't get many visitors, and while I [...]

Can We Take a Minute to Appreciate the New Maggie O’Farrell Hardback?!

Can We Take a Minute to Appreciate the New Maggie O’Farrell Hardback?!

I recently reviewed Maggie O'Farrell's new book This Must Be The Place, after the publisher kindly sent me a lovely review copy. It was a very attractive review copy, but my hardback copy arrived today from Wordery, and my goodness it is beautiful. Whoever came up with and executed its design deserves all the awards. [...]

In Praise Of: Horror!

In Praise Of: Horror!

Yes, horror. As in the genre, not the feeling in real life. When I think of the horror genre, I think first of movies. I have always been a bit a scaredy-cat with them and let them get into my head, and find it hard to sleep after watching them. But this has begun to [...]

Adventures with Audiobooks: The Smart One by Jennifer Close

Adventures with Audiobooks: The Smart One by Jennifer Close

I used to listen to audiobooks as a child, but they haven't really been part of my 'library' as an adult. We listened to A Song of Ice and Fire and Lord of the Rings on road trips, but that was about it. My new job requires me to take a 30-minute bus to and [...]

Top 5 Books for Spring!

Top 5 Books for Spring!

Spring is (kind of) in the air, and I at least am starting to long for the warmer weather, no need for a big coat, sun shining down… and what better way to embrace the new (slightly) warmer weather with an appropriate book? Yes, it has the wrong season in the title, but Summer Crossing [...]

An Update (That Inevitably Includes ASOIAF)

An Update (That Inevitably Includes ASOIAF)

How is your GoodReads challenge going this year? Mine is not going well. I've read three books and am apparently five books behind schedule. You know why? A Song of Ice and Fire. I've been reading A Clash of Kings for what feels like a year, and I'm only just over halfway through. There was [...]

In Praise Of: Sad Stories

When we learn about trauma, we also learn about catharsis, about 'getting it out' and finding closure. About having a cathartic experience. This is why we read books about war and suffering, why survivor testimonies are always popular books in whatever form they may take - from the wonder of writers like Primo Levi, to [...]