Blog

Home / Blog

Michael Connelly – Author Guide

ABOUT MICHAEL CONNELLY Michael Connelly is a US crime writer, most well known for being the creator of the Harry Bosch crime novels. Connelly started out as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, during which he wrote his first published novel, The Black Echo featuring Harry Bosch. While at the […]

Read More...

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 […]

Read More...

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 […]

Read More...

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 […]

Read More...

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 […]

Read More...

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. […]

Read More...

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. […]

Read More...

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? […]

Read More...

Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson

Title: Neither Here Nor There Author: Bill Bryson Genre: Travel literature   ‘Neither Here Nor There’ is an account of Bill Bryson’s travels in mainland Europe. He mainly travelled by train and bus, and visited many places – mainly cities – in both Western and Eastern Europe. It took me […]

Read More...

Title: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Author: Yuval Noah Harari Genre: History, science Pages: 443 Sapiens is exactly what it says on the cover – a brief history of the human race. The scope is bigger than any other book of it’s kind, stretching from pre-history when humans (and […]

Read More...

About The Site

This site is mostly about books, short stories and reading and writing generally. As well as writing about books I occasionally write on other topics I’m interested in – check out the Misc section to find out more.