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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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Five Star Reads? Choosing a book by its ratings

Not so long ago choosing a new book to read, particularly by a new or little known author, was pot luck. You might get a good one or you might get a real dud. Even established, popular or critically acclaimed authors are no guarantee you won’t get an absolute howler. […]

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What do you look for in a book?

As any keen reader will know, far more than other mediums such as film or TV, books are a highly personal, subjective thing. Why does your best friend love a book, and you think it is a worthless piece of trash? How can one of you get it so wrong? […]

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About The Site

This is site includes writing on various topics. Check out the books section for book related articles, author guides and book reviews. The Retro Files is a fun look at Games, Music, Films, TV & Books from yesteryear. I’m starting in 1970 and working my way forward year by year. The Fascinating World section collects together various writings about different countries and places across the world. Then there’s the Misc section, which has everything else!