Category: Essays

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

On keeping count

I recently watched Ariel Bissett’s excellent video ‘Should We Always Track Our Reading?‘, in which she talked about keeping count of the books she reads and the pressure that book-tracking can put on a reader. I have thoughts! Obviously… Read More

On not reading the book: ‘The Girl on the Train’

Last week I saw The Girl on the Train. Not only did I not read the book first, I didn’t want to. The Girl on the Train was the book of last year. It sold millions of copies in its… Read More