Reading challenge 2014

I’m a few days late with this, but it’s time to announce my reading challenge for 2014. After successfully tackling non-fiction in 2013 (12 months=12 books), I’ve decided to continue expanding my reading horizons, so this year my challenge will focus on… poetry. I’ve read hardly any poetry since leaving university, and even then everything…

Reading challenge 2013 – the results

Success! After failing the challenge I set myself in 2012, this year turned out much better. Wanting to up the number of non-fiction books I read, I set out to read one every month. Although it didn’t quite work like that, I did manage 12 non-fiction tomes, covering everything from politics to business to the…

Book review: Dedicated to… compiled by W B Gooderham

I love secondhand books, and one of the reasons I love them is for the dedications you sometimes find inside. Who gifted the book? Who received it? Why has it now found its way into the hands of another owner? W B Gooderham is also a fan of secondhand books, and in Dedicated to… has…

Book review: Very British Problems by Rob Temple

You know how it is, you’re in a queue, and someone stands next to you, instead of behind you. Are they queuing or just loitering? Are they going to push in front? Are they just unaware of how queues work? This, my friend, is a very British problem. Rob Temple’s book Very British Problems came…

Book review: How To Be A Heroine by Samantha Ellis

From princesses to witches to Bridget Jones, the fictional women in our lives are numerous and different, and it’s impossible not to take something from our readings of them.The lessons we learnt from the literary heroines that have littered our lives are what Samantha Ellis examines in her brilliant book How To Be A Heroine:…