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Vesper Flights
Book Review

Vesper Flights

Helen Macdonald. Vintage. (272p) ISBN 9780099575467 I’ve just returned to work after almost nine months of furlough and decided to use the walk to and from work as an opportunity to listen to audiobooks now that I’m enjoying them. Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald was the first of my walking books, and I’ve been saving …

Norse Mythology
Book Review

Norse Mythology

Neil Gaiman. Bloomsbury. (304p) ISBN 9781408891957 Another of those books that’s been adorning my shelves for many months, but Norse Mythology felt like another book for these times. I’ve read the myths referenced in this work several times from several sources, and they were enjoyable, so I was really looking forward to seeing what Neil …

Children of Blood and Bones
Book Review

Children of Blood and Bone

Tomi Adeyemi. Pan Macmillan. (544p) ISBN 9781509871353 There has been so much hype about Children of Blood and Bones that I was a bit leery about starting it just in case it disappointed. I needn’t have worried as from the start of the book Tomi develops a set of characters and world that is both …

Jolabokaflod
Journal

Jólabókaflóð

In Iceland, books are exchanged as Christmas Eve presents, then you spend the rest of the night in bed reading them and eating chocolate. The tradition is part of the season called Jólabókaflóð, or ‘Yule Book Flood’, because Iceland, which publishes more books per capita than any other country, sells most of its books between …

The Year of the Hare
Journal

October Update

Twenty-one posts published this month, so a really good month for blog content as in my head as long as I write at least one post a week I’m on my schedule and I’m doing well. Twenty-one posts about gaming, cooking, art history, and writing, but not one book review… You know, the main reason …

Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain
Book Review

Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain

Barney Norris. Transworld. (288p) ISBN 9781784161354 Before I started working as a bookseller for Waterstones I would never have contemplated reading a book such as Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain. I would have looked at the blurb and thought ‘why would I want to read a story about real lives intertwining?’ I was …