Audio Books and Adaptations

Ever since I began – and finished – listening to Serial, I’ve become somewhat fond of audio-books, podcasts and adaptations. I never much listened to them before  – other than the bookie kind of my fellow bloggers – but they’ve become a rather comforting indulgence. There is something rather soothing about being read or spoken to (without the discomfort of the person actually being there [introvert problems]). Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour Drama is a favourite, I’ve gorged on their ………

Books That Have Taught Me About War

Being English in times of war or conquest, is a position of privilege. I don’t mean for the people who fight, but as a spectator, a citizen, War is somewhere you go to, visit, fight, wait. From my meagre knowledge of History, past conquests, I cannot think of many events where war has been brought to my country. Excluding the Blitz and acts of terrorism. Please do correct me if I am wrong. After all, this ………

Tackling my ‘to-be-read’ pile [because it’s multiplying like wet gremlins]

My book buying is out of hand. Even in my second month of not buying any (physical) books from Amazon I still have managed to accrue an alarming amount. They range from second-hand books (how can you resist a 50p book, HOW!?!) to a Daunt Books splurge. As much as I hate restricting my reading, something has to give – otherwise my shelves will. I sorted my shelves at the beginning of December, pulling out ………

Books That Have Taught Me About Love

Regular readers will know that I’m not one for love and romance in their conventional forms. Valentines day was created by someone who clearly hated me. Not because I’ll be alone on the 14th of Feb, but because I hate pink, I hate hearts and I hate gratuitous public displays of love marked by the delivery of chocolate and flowers. Extreme put it best when they sang, ‘more than words’. I am fond of subtle love, ………