Literary Life: October in Review

I am not usual one for these sorts of post, but I have been informed that a more personal touch is generally a pleasant way of engaging readers. So, in the spirit of wanting to engage people and actually listening to advice, this is October’s overview. I have seen quite a few blogs that I follow post monthly overviews (Judith and Charli for example) and in the case where I have missed, or want to ………

Balancing the Burden, or How Owning an E-Reader Will Not Destroy Your Love of Books.

E-Readers have widened the authorship scope to self-publishing; now you can offer up your literary endeavour to anyone, not just your parents. This has thrown up a whole debate on the value of fiction, the demise of traditional publishing and the worth of the paperback. As fun as it would be to discuss all those points today I will be sticking to the latter, and why so many people believe you have to either hate ………

The Plebeian Quest?; Book Bloggers and the Death of Literature

An article on Peter Stothard’s views on Literature and book bloggers in The Independent Tuesday has been widely discussed these last few days. Stothard, who edits the Times Literary Supplement, has been quoted to say that book bloggers are potentially killing Literary Criticism, “and says the rise of bloggers will leave the industry “worse off”.”The Independent Journalism can be misleading, especially when Stothard has not written this article directly, so I will be taking what he ………

I Think This Part’s Mostly Filler

I have not read a book in time to write a weekly review this week; I have not felt the motivation. With summer books and holiday reads being discussed and recommended I am coming to accept that I am not a big summer reader. Yes, I have made my way through a fair few books so far this year, but the majority of my literature was devoured in the colder darker months of the year. ………