"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
Whether or not you're a fan of the New Year's resolution, it's inevitable that the start of each year ushers in a desire to do more and better. The idea of a fresh start can be incredibly appealing, as can the hope of improving on your previous year's achievements. Focusing on your reading habits - whether with a … Continue reading How To Read Successfully In 2019
It's been a long weekend of reading here at The Book Habit central. We've had 10 inches of snow over the past two days and are officially snow-bound. I've written before about my struggles with adapting to the unpredictable extremes of weather in the US midwest and this weekend is surely my karmic punishment for complaining. Since … Continue reading Monday Musing: 14/01/19
2018 was a year of relative calm, following the tumult of 2017. It was my first full year in the US and a year in which (following my decision to abandon academia) I made a whole lot of decisions regarding my future. The calm certainly served my reading habits and 2018 ended up being one … Continue reading The Best Books Of 2018
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!
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!
Happy Thursday, all. This week has seen me immersed in #97 of the TIME 100 Novels - the 700 page epic A Dance to the Music of Time: Spring by Anthony Powell. The beauty of this reading challenge is the great exposure it provides to books that wouldn't otherwise be on my radar. As someone … Continue reading The Weekly Reader: 09/07/15
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
Welcome to another week! Following my decision to work through Time's Top 100 Novels, I have been spending all of my spare time with my head in books. And it has paid off! I have just wrapped up #98 and am ready to conquer #97 - the intimidatingly lengthy A Dance To The Music Of … Continue reading Monday Musing: 29/06/15
The Summer Solstice has been and gone, ushering in what will undoubtedly be a beautiful season of sunshine. To mark the beginning of the summer with appropriate attention to literary feats, I announced last week that I am committing myself to a new reading challenge - working my way through Time's Top 100 Novels. I … Continue reading Monday Musing: 22/06/15