Booking Through Thursday – Recent Big

This week’s Booking Through Thursday’s question is: What’s the biggest book you’ve read recently? (Feel free to think “big” as size, or as popularity, or in any other way you care to interpret.) At about 560 pages, I think Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith would have to be it (just finished it last week). It’s not the biggest […]

Booking Through Thursday – Recent Best

Today’s Booking Through Thursday asks : What’s the best book you read recently? After the horror of last week’s The Other Hand, I’ve managed to read two great books this week: Samantha Harvey’s The Wilderness, which is longlisted for the Booker Prize this year, and Antoine De Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince, which is a must-read, I think, […]

Booking Through Thursday – Recent Worst

Today’s Booking Through Thursday asks: What’s the worst book you’ve read recently? This one is really easy for me, as I just finished writing one of my most negative reviews for this year. I won’t beat around the bush, or faff around, building it up, but I’ll just say it: Chris Cleave’s The Other Hand […]

Booking Through Thursday – Preferences

Which do you prefer? (Quick answers–we’ll do more detail at some later date) Reading something frivolous? Or something serious? Mostly serious. If I’m in the mood for something ‘frivolous’, I normally go for Young Adult/Children’s literature. Paperbacks? Or hardcovers? Hardcovers (although they’re a pain to carry). Fiction? Or Nonfiction? Fiction. Poetry? Or Prose? Read more […]

Booking Through Thursday – Unread

Booking Through Thursday presents an idea from ‘The Toddled Dredge': So here today I present to you an Unread Books Challenge. Give me the list or take a picture of all the books you have stacked on your bedside table, hidden under the bed or standing in your shelf – the books you have not […]

Booking Through Thursday – Celebrity Memoirs

This week’s Booking Through Thursday asks: Do you read celebrity memoirs? Which ones have you read or do you want to read? Which nonexistent celebrity memoirs would you like to see? I haven’t read very many, to be honest. Most of the times, it feels like a money-making gimmick. Take some of the footballers in […]

Booking Through Thursday – Sci-Fi/Fantasy

This week, on Booking Through Thursday: One of my favorite sci-fi authors (Sharon Lee) has declared June 23rd Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers Day. As she puts it: So! In my Official Capacity as a writer of science fiction and fantasy, I hereby proclaim June 23 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Day! A day of […]

Booking Through Thursday – Niche

There are certain types of books that I more or less assume all readers read. (Novels, for example.) But then there are books that only YOU read. Instructional manuals for fly-fishing. How-to books for spinning yarn. How to cook the perfect souffle. Rebuilding car engines in three easy steps. Dog training for dummies. Rewiring your […]

Booking Through Thursday – Sticky

 “This can be a quick one. Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.” Ok, going to make this a really quick one, and stick to ‘adult’ books (i.e. no Enid Blyton!) Catcher In […]

Booking Through Thursday – Second First Time

      What book would you love to be able to read again for the first time? Loads, to be honest.  20, off the top of my head, in no particular order:  The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand The Catcher In The Rye – J.D. Salinger We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver […]

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