The First Book

What was your first book? Not the one you literally read first (hello, Peter and Jane) but the one that first lead you to love books, to love reading. Any regular readers will know my love of reading came late, in my early 20s, and I can roughly pin-point my obsession beginning with The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton – I remember reading that and wanting to rip through my meagre collection of books to ………

Poetry: Expect Nothing by Alice Walker

Expect Nothing by Alice Walker Expect nothing. Live frugally On surprise. become a stranger To need of pity Or, if compassion be freely Given out Take only enough Stop short of urge to plead Then purge away the need. Wish for nothing larger Than your own small heart Or greater than a star; Tame wild disappointment With caress unmoved and cold Make of it a parka For your soul. Discover the reason why So tiny ………

Guest Blog: Read Things That You Enjoy, Not Things That Make You Look Smart

I started reading “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu; that was about a month ago and I am still reading it. I know that doesn’t sound too shameful but the truth is that it’s not a very long book. My edition only has 99 pages and so far it’s taken me over a month to read. Why am I persisting you ask? Well because it’s one of those books. You know, the type of ………