Bibliotherapy For Grief: Fiction Recommendations For Tough Times

Of all the challenges that we face as individuals, grief is perhaps the most universal. There are few - if any - people able to get through life without experiencing loss, making grief an inevitability for all of us. I am lucky to have reached 30 without losing any of the people close to me … Continue reading Bibliotherapy For Grief: Fiction Recommendations For Tough Times

Monday Musing: The Case For Graphic Violence In Fiction

I took some time away from The Book Habit last week, largely because I was determined to get through Koushun Takami's very lengthy novel, Battle Royale. Scheduling reads around reviews is always a challenge - particularly when you have a 700-page book calling your name. Battle Royale was an interesting pick for me. Although I typically go in for … Continue reading Monday Musing: The Case For Graphic Violence In Fiction

Monday Musing: Should Authors Be Exempt From ‘Cancel Culture’?

There are many contemporary online trends - particularly those that have to do with social media - that cast a problematic light on the way that consumers interact with the work that they're consuming. Social media has brought us closer than ever before to the people from whom art emerges - musicians, authors, and other … Continue reading Monday Musing: Should Authors Be Exempt From ‘Cancel Culture’?

Monday Musing: Addressing The Lack Of Diversity In Children’s Fiction

Returning to a theme on which I've been harping for a long time, The Guardian has reported that, over the course of a decade, less than 2% of authors and illustrators for children's fiction were people of colour. According to a report by BookTrust, 2017 was the least diverse year for children's fiction since 2009, … Continue reading Monday Musing: Addressing The Lack Of Diversity In Children’s Fiction

Bibliotherapy For Loneliness: Fiction Recommendations For Tough Times

One of the most prevalent challenges facing society today is undoubtedly loneliness. The news abounds with headlines showing that loneliness among almost all generations is on the increase. Although counterintuitive at first sight - we might expect that both the internet at large and social media in particular offer us plentiful opportunities for connection - … Continue reading Bibliotherapy For Loneliness: Fiction Recommendations For Tough Times