"An occasional student who comes upon the name may wonder idly who William Stoner was, but he seldom pursues his curiosity beyond a casual question. Stoner's colleagues, who held him in no particular esteem when he was alive, speak of him rarely now; to the older ones, his name is a reminder of the end … Continue reading Review: Stoner by John Williams
Happy 2019, my friends! A new year and a fresh start for The Book Habit. I took a couple of weeks off from creating content whilst getting myself organised and putting into place a long overdue site redesign. For those of you who have been visiting The Book Habit for a while, I hope that you enjoy the … Continue reading Welcome Back To The Book Habit!
I'm definitely one of those people who unashamedly revels in the Christmas season. I have my decorations up mid-November and make it a personal goal to watch a different Christmas film every night of December (although this admittedly requires watching some truly atrocious ones). While I don't love the commercialisation that undoubtedly accompanies the holidays, … Continue reading A Book Lover’s Gift Guide (For All Budgets)
As most regular readers of The Book Habit already know, I'm someone who needs to be constantly learning. I have always thrived as a student, whether in an official capacity or through picking up knowledge in my spare time. It's probably why I ended up following my academic career to its natural peak as a PhD … Continue reading The 5 Best Places To Learn About Literature Online (For Free!)
Is it possible to really love a book without wanting to know something about the person that produced it? For me, the two are heavily intertwined. I have a fascination with authors and the background, skills, and habits that have allowed them to make such incredible art. Whether there are patterns in the way that … Continue reading Literary Lifestyles: The Writing Habits of Charles Dickens
Happy Halloween, my darlings! I can't say that I'm a huge fan of Halloween, for the same reason that darkness gives me the heebie-jeebies. A day devoted to scary stuff is not quite up my alley. But after living in the US - and now being engaged to an American - it's become more difficult … Continue reading Happy Halloween!
Welcome to your one-stop shop for literary updates! Here I review the week's top articles, preview upcoming events, and give a shout out to the best in literary paraphernalia. Enjoy! Articles 'Hearing Words, Writing Sounds: Examining the Authors Brain' by Richard Lea (The Guardian) Ever wonder what happens in the brain when writing or reading fiction? … Continue reading The Weekly Reader: 02/07/15
Hello, my literary lovelies I hope that you have all had a fabulous week and are looking forward to an action-packed weekend! I, for one, have scheduled a wonderful series of literary excursions. Tomorrow, I shall be carting my fiancé into London for a trip to the British Library and a visit to some of … Continue reading The Weekly Reader: 09/05/14
Hello friends! With the new look comes a slightly revised blogging schedule. As such, The Weekly Reader will now be delivered to you every Friday, with an update on the week's literary news, upcoming events, and the very best in book fetish. So settle in with a cup of tea (or two) and enjoy. Top Stories … Continue reading The Weekly Reader: 02/05/14
Happy Wednesday! I am finally starting to draw my head out of the academic sand, and put it back where it belongs (in the books, of course). I have since devoured a couple of novels, from the sadly unimpressive Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence, to my current and magnificent read, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara … Continue reading The Weekly Reader: 19/02/14