Top Ten Tuesday – Things I want to see more of

Top Ten Tuesday“Top Ten Tuesday” is a feature started by “The Broke and the Bookish“, in which people list their top ten books that match some given criterion. It changes every week, and happens on a Tuesday. Lots (a frankly ridiculous number) of bloggers take part. This week’s topic is “things you want to see more of in books”. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Things I want to see more of”

World Book Day and Reading Aloud

It was World Book Day recently , a day which does not figure much in the consciousness of anyone except the over-worked librarians of secondary schools.

Ideally, it should be a day in which people all over the world come together to celebrate the “uniquely portable magic” of books. It should be a day filled with competitions and conversations and reading and recommendations. On that day, everyone should be talking about books – what they look for in a book, what their favourite book is, et cetera.

In actuality, it is a much less notable affair. Across the UK, at least, it passes mostly unremarked, save in bookshops and schools. Children are given book tokens (redeemable for special World Book Day books, some of which are kind of awesome – I have a copy of Cloud Wolfpurchased with such a token), and some schools have fancy dress days: come as your favourite book character, or as any character by a particular author. Continue reading “World Book Day and Reading Aloud”



Conceptually, I think Goodreads is fantastic. It fills a niche online that needed to be filled, providing browsing and recording and recommendations for reading. In practice, I’m unsure about it – I don’t know if it is good enough at what it tries to do to be worthwhile.

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