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My favourite 100 novels - 2021

It's been over three years now since I listed my favourite 100 books and it's time for a review. I've read about 300 books in that time,...

Bookstagram and me

Bookstagram, in case you didn't know, is the bookish corner of the photo and video sharing social media platform Instagram. I joined it...

My Book of the Year 2020

2020. The weirdest year ever. The world turned upside down. But for a moment let's try to ignore Covid-19, Brexit and politics as much as...

Reading your way out of a Reading Slump

Hi again bibliophiles! Today’s blog is about Reading Slumps – what they are, how to recognise them and how to ease yourself out of them…...

My book of the year awards 2019

2019. What a big year. Crikey – so much happened! There was · A level results for youngest daughter and her going off for her first year...

In which I disappeared into a book…

Losing yourself in a book. We’ve all done it. Entering the world, becoming the character, forgetting yourself. It’s a wonderful and...

100 books I think you should read

In my last blog I asked What is a Classic? and I considered that possibly the best we could do would be to cumulate all our “100 books...

What is a classic?

I saw a fascinating-looking book the other day which I'd have bought if I'd not been on a book buying ban. It was called 'Why read the...

Hay on Wye – a town of books

Let me take you down to the borders of Wales and England, to a small and beautiful town nestling in the hills on the edge of the Brecon...

How many books should we keep?

30 books, Marie? Really? Well of course we all now know that’s not what she said. Or at least I hope we know that. What she said was ““I...

The Magic Re-reading Formula

Do books you have previously read call to you? Or do you just want to keep discovering new books and new authors? Today I am considering...

Reading the World

How diverse are your bookshelves? I'm constantly asking myself that question, challenging my assumptions - for why read if not to...

My Book of the Year Awards - 2018

2018. There it goes. Whoosh. Bye! While others were obsessed with Brexit, I was busy reading (and doing other stuff). Mostly reading...

A la recherche du bookshop perdu

In memory of my favourite bookshop... I still feel a sense of loss whenever I walk past a particular shop-front in my town. All the...

Voices in my head (phones)

Do you listen to podcasts? What about audio books? Me, I’m a relative latecomer to these worlds of wonder. Until about a year ago, I...

A literary lunchtime walk

I’m lucky enough to work in the heart of Bloomsbury – Virginia Woolf territory – in London, so spend virtually every weekday there....

The books that raised me

A little while ago I squeezed a longer article into bookstagram format, so here I am going to unpack it a little. The post was called The...

What is it about reading?

Why read fiction? Hmmm? Of all the ways to pass your short time on this planet, why stick your head in the midst of a few hundred pages...

My top 100 books - 2018

Good day lovely people. Today I am bringing you a list of my top hundred favourite books. These aren't necessarily the greatest books...