My Top Ten Reads of 2016

I didn’t count exactly how many books I read this year, but it was probably around 70. This year, I’ve been focusing on reading both fantasy and also books from other indie writers. And my top ten for the year includes a great selection of both! (Numbers are not indicative of …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …