Travelling the Long Read

I recently finished reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and I thought instead of writing a straight forward review (as there are far too many of The Goldfinch already with it being a stellar read and an international best-seller), I'd reflect on the book's identity as a long read, what I found rewarding in tackling … Continue reading Travelling the Long Read

My 2018 in Books

This time last year I did a long retrospective post on what I read in 2017, I thought about doing the same format this year an '18 best reads of 2018' list but I realised that what I had to say about my reading this year was a lot more complex than a simple list … Continue reading My 2018 in Books

Books Within Books, Reviews Within Reviews: ‘If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller’ by Italo Calvino

I received this book as part of a boxset of Christmas/winter themed books as a Christmas present. From the title and the fact that it had been bunched in with 'A Christmas Carol' I expected a fun, possibly slighty spooky, Christmassy read. This was not what I got. Not even close. And I'm okay with … Continue reading Books Within Books, Reviews Within Reviews: ‘If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller’ by Italo Calvino

My 17 Favourite Reads of 2017

I always keep a list at the back of my diary of every book I read. This year I read 54 books in total (and this doesn't include any academic textbooks I pondered over in the library, and any poetry books I picked at) which averages out at just over 1 book per week, which … Continue reading My 17 Favourite Reads of 2017

So Much Reading!!!

First of all: I'm sorry! I made promises on this blog to post more during term time this year, but unfortunately that hasn't happened. I've just been too damn busy! So now at the start of week 7 (we have 10 week terms) I thought I'd take a moment to sit down and reflect on … Continue reading So Much Reading!!!