Category Archives: How to pick which book to read

Getting the most from genre fiction: spy novels

This last month I’ve been really enjoying the BBC series ‘Sleuths, Spies & Sorcerers: Andrew Marr’s Paperback Heroes.’  For all kinds of reasons, traditional escapist literature is very appealing at the moment, but there were additional causes for my enjoyment. Although my … Continue reading

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‘Tis The Season to be Jolly: My Favourite Festive Reads

As the TV schedule fills up with re-runs and shops play Christmas carols on repeat, this is a time of year when it feel perfectly appropriate to return to tried and tested Christmas novels.  Here are my personal seasonal favourites. … Continue reading

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Inspired by Diverse December: an A-Z of BAEM authors for 2016

At the end of November a couple of Bloggers (at From Inside the Dog and The Writes of Woman) started up the #Diverse December reading challenge.  They argued eloquently and persuasively that it’s no good just ‘reading what’s out there’ when ‘what’s out there’ is … Continue reading

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Judging a book by its cover

If there’s one cliché that I hate it’s ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’.  I applaud the sentiment, but the metaphor just doesn’t work.  There are so many wonderful books out there and one of the few means readers … Continue reading

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Holiday Reading part II: The hand-luggage dilemma

Whist I can’t wait to get to New York, I’m aware that before then, I need to get through a 7 1/2 hour plane journey, plus airport and transit time.  On one hand, that much potentially uninterrupted reading time sounds … Continue reading

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Location Reading: Books on Holiday

I remember a distinctively adolescent moan I once had at my parents, complaining that we never went anywhere exciting for family holidays.  The (very reasonable) response was that this would have been wasted on me anyway as I spend all … Continue reading

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