Monday Musing: How Many Books Are Too Many? A Reflection On Reading Goals

Now that we're past the halfway point for 2019, I've been spending some time thinking about the objectives that I set out in January for a successful year of reading. I'm not typically someone who focuses much on quantity when it comes to the books that I consume. Instead, my goals are usually oriented toward … Continue reading Monday Musing: How Many Books Are Too Many? A Reflection On Reading Goals

Bibliotherapy For Homesickness: Fiction Recommendations For Tough Times

I am no stranger to homesickness. I've spent close to half my life moving town and country with a regularity that's truly baffling when you consider how little I enjoy change. Until I turned 16, I had always lived in the same town - Basingstoke: the butt of many jokes about England's quietly unattractive (and … Continue reading Bibliotherapy For Homesickness: Fiction Recommendations For Tough Times

Monday Musing: Literary Censorship And Political Control

In Elif Shafak's excellent TED talk on the ways in which fiction can combat the restrictions of culturally-boundaried identity, the author discusses her own history of literary controversy and its intersection with political censorship. Shafak - a Turkish author, whose most recent work deals with the story of a murdered sex worker - is no … Continue reading Monday Musing: Literary Censorship And Political Control

Monday Musing: Why We Love Dystopian Fiction In A World Of ‘Alternative Facts’

It has been an excellent couple of years for dystopian fiction. The closer we feel to the brink of humanistic and political catastrophe, the more we turn to fictional dystopias, as though to torment ourselves with the preponderance of warnings to stay alert to the erosion - however gradual - of the freedoms that we … Continue reading Monday Musing: Why We Love Dystopian Fiction In A World Of ‘Alternative Facts’