I can't believe that we're already almost through January (although the current -11C weather is making me increasingly desperate for the spring). Fortunately, I'm finding some great ways to while away these freezing winter months with the usual combination of tea and books. One of my goals for 2019 was to add some new literary … Continue reading Monday Musing: Dreaming Murakami
"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