Category: Essays

Falling in love with fictional characters

Have you ever fallen in love with a fictional character? It seems that, especially in the world of YA and teen fiction, falling head over heels for someone who doesn’t exist is a fairly common occurrence, and as… Read More

So good, I had to stop reading

“I couldn’t put it down” is common praise for a really good book. It means that the story is so interesting, the characters so compelling that you just have to carry on reading. But have you ever come across… Read More

A Year of Reading: 2016

If you read my Book Awards last week then you will know that I read 68 books last year. But I have a lot more information about my reading than that… Come with me, if you will, and indulge… Read More

Iceland’s beautiful bookish Xmas tradition

As if we needed any more reason to think the Nordic countries really have it together (the Danish art of hygge, Finland’s baby boxes, all the saunas), there’s an Icelandic Christmas tradition that is irresistible for book-lovers like me…. Read More

Gender-swapped covers

They say ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, but everybody does. In fact, that’s what book covers are for: to give you an idea about what’s inside so you can decide whether you want to read it. I… Read More