Top 5 Christmas Gifts for Book Lovers

With only 6 weeks to go until Christmas, you have started thinking about gifts for your bookish pals, right? If not, don’t worry, I’m here to help! Now you could buy the book lover in your life the latest thriller or must-read biography, I mean we’re never going to be sad unwrapping a book on […]

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Does the length of a book put you off reading it?

I randomly came across this interesting little site called ReadingLength.com. It uses 300 words per minute as an average reading speed to calculate how long it will take you to read a book. This interested me as, I have to admit, sometimes if I pick up a book and it’s a hefty tome, I do […]

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My Author Birthday Sandwich

Yes, quite the intriguing blog title, isn’t it? What I actually mean by it is that my birthday (today: 14th September – Happy Birthday to me!) happens to fall right in the middle of the birthdays of two of my favourite authors. I mean, what are the chances? Let me explain… On September 13th 1916, […]

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The Importance of the Opening Sentence.

It has the power to decide if a book is read or not. By me anyway… You may have noticed that for each book I review, I record the opening sentence. When I read it back, months, even years later, sometimes the opening line is all it takes to evoke the whole feel of the […]

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My Top 5 Books of 2019… So Far…

It’s just over halfway through the year already and this throws up a mix of feelings: Will I be sitting here in a few months time wondering how it’s NYE again and will I have any regrets / successes to ponder? And, of course, that panic that I now only have 5 more months to […]

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Do you use reading as escapism?

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” – W. Somerset Maugham I recently came across this quote and it got me thinking. You often hear it said that reading is a great tool for escapism; just pick up a book and be […]

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The Charity Shop Haul of Dreams

You know when you pop into a charity shop to have a quick look at their book selection and leave feeling very pleased if you find one that you really want to read? Well, this afternoon I could times that feeling by six… just take a look at the (above) stack! Yes, they are being […]

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