BBCs Big Read – next instalment 94-91

This is the next post reviewing books in the BBCs Big Read challenge that I participated in many years ago. For details of the overall challenge, see this post. 94. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of […]

BBCs Big Read – next instalment 96- 95

This is the next post reviewing books in the BBCs Big Read challenge that I participated in many years ago. For details of the overall challenge, see this post. 96. Kane And Abel – Jeffrey Archer They had only one thing in common . . . William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of […]

The Elements of Steampunk

In my last post on Young Adult fiction, I mentioned the relatively new genre of Steampunk and thought it would be fun to talk about. Steampunk is a sub-genre of either science fiction or fantasy that incorporates steam-powered technology. It’s a kind of alternative history where the internal combustion engine was never invented, and so transport […]

The Birth of Young Adult Fantasy

When I was growing up, there was no such thing as Young Adult fiction. Books were either for children or for adults. I lived in a village which had a caravan library. The caravan did the rounds of local villages and spent two afternoons a week in our village. So if you wanted to borrow a […]

The BBCs Big Read: 100 – 97

This is the next post reviewing books in the BBCs Big Read challenge that I participated in many years ago. For details of the overall challenge, see my previous post. We’re starting at number 100 and counting back to 1. And I will do a few books in each post. So … let’s get started. […]

The BBCs Big Read

The BBCs Big Read was the reading challenge I undertook, that I referred to in my last post on reading challenges. This challenge took place in 2003, about eighteen months after I got married. My reading habits had ground to a halt at this point, between planning a wedding, moving house, getting furniture for said […]

Reading Challenges

What are reading challenges? A reading challenge is a set list of either individual books or books that fall into a particular category, that you decide to read. There may be a time limit on the challenge. Some people set themselves challenges for reading a set number of unspecified books per week, month or year. Other […]