30 Day Book Challenge: Day Eight!

So, week two and day eight roll around and we’re still going… And the challenge today is to name  A series everyone should read. Now I struggle with this concept. Why should everyone read the same thing? Why would one series – which is a massive investment of time – be something everyone should read? Why should anyone read…

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

Do a book club, they said! It’ll be fun, they said! We’ll call it Addiction to Fiction, they said! Okay, fair enough that’s cool! It won’t take much time, they said. Oh. Right. Of course not. So now, at 3:15 every Thursday a group of book hungry students descends on me. Seriously, it’s fabulous: a…

Railsea, China Miéville

There are some authors for whom a new book is more than just a new book on the shelves of W H Smith. It’s an event; it’s anticipated; it generates a frisson when you see the spine waiting for you, calling to you, beckoning you. China Miéville is an author like that for me. There…

On the waiting list

I am conscious that I haven’t managed to post on here for a while… Primarily because I’ve not managed to finish a book for a while. Now, there are a number of possible reasons for this… 1. I am just very very lazy… 2. I have been doing a lot of work for, well, work……

Maurice Sendak RIP

It is with genuine sadness that I learn of Maurice Sendak’s death today. This man will have the status of icon, myth, legend and inspiration for all time. I feel it wouldn’t be right, as a reader, not to mark his life in some way. He was the one man whose story, Where The Wild…