Faction Over Blood; ‘Divergent’ by Veronica Roth

The best novels don’t just present you with new wondrous worlds; they make you want to be in there experiencing them. Half the fun of reading a dystopian novel, or science fiction and fantasy novel for that matter, is working out where you would fit into their story. In the Wizarding world I would be Slytherin, a personal decision and also the result of a more recent sorting hat test on Pottermore (I should clarify, ………

Can’t Read, Won’t Read; The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien

Not finishing a book can feel tantamount to failure. The sensation creeps up on you, a bubbling of disappointment as you realise the story in front of you is unreadable, a lost cause. A few years ago I had a rule; always finish a book. This was never too much of a problem as a light reader but as my reading habits intensified I hit a wall; The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño. This search ………

Undeniably Inspirational; ‘The Fry Chronicles’ by Stephen Fry

As an addict for information I am not particularly fussy about what I consume, just what interests me, which generally (dependant on my mood) ranges from Plato’s Theory of Forms to Made in Chelsea. It is a vast, spanning scale and I make no apology for my less tasteful information needs. When my ‘fandom’ expands to cover celebrities with whom I want to emulate so badly I would willingly crawl inside their skin and pretend ………

Hey Nerds

Of Books; my (Alice’s) blog. Hopefully a rather interesting collection of my thoughts on life and opinions on books, but possibly the same as every other blog out there. Currently my favourite word is Erudite. I read an interview with Terry Guilliam in The Guardian and he said it was his; The interview was amusing, so for now it is also mine. At this moment I am reading The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, my ………