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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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