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Top 10 Political Novels to Read

I’ve always enjoyed a good political thriller, but I think my love of this particular genre increased massively after becoming a major fan of the TV series The West Wing in the early 2000s. Even to this day it is probably my favourite TV series. I was gutted when it […]

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10 Reasons Why You Should Read Short Stories

There is a lot said these days about how the internet, mobile phones and other technology is shortening people’s attention spans. You would think therefore that more people would be reading short stories rather than novels, however while there is something of a resurgence in – mostly online – short […]

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My Top 10 Books to Read

I admit that My Goodreads To Be Read list (TBR for short) is just too long, and needs pruning. On Goodreads, whenever I find something I fancy reading it I’ll click that ‘Want to Read’ button and it will get added to the list. I’m nowhere near as bad as […]

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Save our Libraries

Update: This was an article I originally wrote in 2016. Since then, most of the libraries mentioned were closed, but in a government u-turn, most of them are due to be re-opened, some as community libraries run by local people. Great news! I went down to the library earlier in […]

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Top 10 Books from 1980

1980 Books

There are lots of challenges that you can take part in on the Goodreads groups I’m a member of, but one that particularly interested me recently was ‘books from the year you were born. I was born in 1980 so I thought I’d look and see what books were published […]

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Introduction to Goodreads

If you like books and reading but haven’t heard of Goodreads.com then you are in for a treat. It is the best website on the internet for books, period, and it is completely free. That’s not to say there aren’t other good books sites out there, but Goodreads is so big and […]

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Getting back into reading

I’m always interested in asking people about books and reading. Do you like reading? What are you reading? How books do you read in a year? What can I say, I’m bookishly curious. A large proportion of the people I come across don’t read much. Out of those, some never […]

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Old Books & Forgotten Authors

We went to stay with my wife’s parents over the weekend, and while we were there we got given a pile of old books by their elderly neighbour next door. They’d belonged to his wife who died last year. He was clearing out, but didn’t want them just going to […]

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Free Little Libraries

I’ve always been something of a fan of roadside stalls and boxes selling a wide variety of produce. When we drive to visit my parents we drive past many little signs for people selling eggs, potatoes, vegetables, firewood, plants etc. And if you’ve read any of this blog, you know […]

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10 Books that have stayed with me

I’ve been nominated on Facebook to come up with a list of 10 books that have stayed with me for some reason. My interpretation of this is that it’s a bit different to a ‘favourite books list’. There’s some great books that I’ve loved, but don’t really stay with me. […]

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