Recommended Reads: The Handmaid’s Tale

“Better never means better for everyone. It always means worse, for some.” What is there to say about this book that hasn’t already been said? A modern classic written over 30 years ago, that is still as relevant and gripping now as it was then, perhaps even more so. Perhaps its because I’ve finally read…

Recommended Reads:The Butterfly Garden

“I think trauma doesn’t stop just because you’ve been rescued.” Normally I wouldn’t really be drawn to a book like this. I also wouldn’t normally respond to an email offering the latest Kindle releases for 99p, mainly because of the backlog of ebooks that I have purchased under similar offers and never read. But the…

Recommended Reads: Outlander

A friend of mine had talked about the Outlander series, and told me to read it. But I thought it wasn’t for me – I don’t do romance novels, and I was put off by the fact that there were 7 (now 8, maybe more) books in the series. Those things still stand, and I’m…

Recommended Reads: Jurassic Park

This was a Book Club book, and I’m glad it was picked, because like a lot of people I thought I knew the story of Jurassic Park – I saw the film at the cinema when it was first released back in 1993, and have seen it countless times since. It’s nothing short of brilliant,…

A place to create

A couple of years ago, before having a baby and moving house, I had a specific place where I would write. It was a lovely desk in my own little office, with a bookcase that contained my favourite novels as well as my many, many notebooks. And it was a lovely place to write. Weirdly,…

Recommended Reads: The Knife of Never Letting Go

“The Noise is a man unfiltered, and without a filter, a man is just chaos walking.” I hadn’t read any Patrick Ness before The Knife of Never Letting Go. I think it was suggested to me by Goodreads as something I might like – how right they were. It is the first of the Chaos…

Super Thursday

Christmas shopping season is in full swing, and the ghastly phenomenon that is Black Friday is looming over us for what seems like weeks, rather than one day. The big day of the festive season in the publishing world is known as Super Thursday, where the big Christmas book offerings are all released at once,…

Who owns it?

This article about the frustrations of the Harry Potter fandom and the continued resurrection of the franchise raises an interesting question. Who owns it? Harry Potter has become so much more than just a story; more even than a series of stories about a mere handful of characters. An entire world has been created, with…

Variety

I have completed my reading goal for 2016 a few months early, having read 20 books with a goal of 18 (a conservative goal, but realistic given other time commitments). When I analysed the books I have read, a clear pattern emerged, and it made me wonder if I should be varying my reading choices…

Lyrical Winner

I must admit I did a double take when I saw the news that Bob Dylan had won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Like many other people, I was assuming a novelist, poet or play write would be named, and had my hopes pinned on Haruki Murakami, who was one of the favourites and a…

Inspirational landscapes

The landscape around us has inspired artists of all varieties for centuries. Poets, painters, photographers, film makers, authors… The list is endless. What is it about natural landscapes that is so inspiring? I haven’t written a post for a while, mainly because I have changed jobs and everything has been very busy. My new job…

Recommended Reads: Slade House

First things first – I still haven’t read The Bone Clocks. But if anything this companion book has encouraged me to just hurry up and get on with it. My enjoyment of Slade House was not diminished by the fact I hadn’t read The Bone Clocks, though I may go back and read it again…