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If you’ve not yet seen my posts on the Hugo Award Nominees 2020 and the Nebula Award Nominees 2020, then check them out now for a list of all the nominees in the novel, novella, novelette and short story categories. This year, I’ve challenged myself to read all of the […]

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Last month I wrote about the Nebula Award nominees, and also my reading challenge to read all of the nominees (well, novels and short stories at least, plus some of the novellas/novelettes). I promised an update, which hasn’t materialised yet, but I’ll get to that soon, promise. In the meantime, […]

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Nebula Award Nominees 2020   It’s that time of the year when nominations come out for the major SF & Fantasy awards. Last year, I read all of the nominees for Best Short Story for both the Hugo & Nebula Awards. It was a great challenge to do, and introduced […]

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My Reading Year 2019

As is usual at the end of December, I’m looking back on my year of reading during 2019. This is made much easier than it used to be, thanks to Goodreads and its handy ‘your year in books page’. According to it – I have read 35 books this year, […]

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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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