Book Awards: What’s the Point?

There are now only two, short days remaining before the judges of The Man Booker Prize 2018 announce the winner of this year’s competition. This means that, after months of waiting, the author of one of the six shortlisted titles will be walking away with one of the most prestigious literary awards available to the... Continue Reading →

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My Confession: Book Ratings

A couple of months ago, I wrote a post that explained my issues with the book review system. In this post, I suggested that giving a book a numerical score was an unfair way of judging its quality, especially as many bloggers do not define their review policies. By this, I mean that one blogger may... Continue Reading →

Why I Annotate

As some of my followers may have noticed, I have been doing a lot more reading recently. From audiobooks, classics and new releases, I have been exploring a lot of new content, which has led me to me think about how I read. As a big part of this process has always centred around annotations, I thought that... Continue Reading →

0/5 For the Book Review System

Whether it’s a book, a film, or even an idea, we associate it with a certain numerical score. We can read Shakespeare’s Hamlet and give it a five-star review, and then read the latest instalment of the Fifty Shades of Gray series and give it a zero. This is the way that we recommend various titles to one another…... Continue Reading →

How to Read the Classics

It’s not difficult to understand why a lot of modern-day readers are not familiar with the ‘classics’ of English literature. Their narratives tend to be slow, overly methodical and really quite dull. On top of that, the language is dense and often hard to appreciate, and the characters are almost impossible to relate to. It’s... Continue Reading →

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