Top Ten Post Apocalyptic Novels

As I write this, the world is gripped by Corona Virus madness, panic, meltdown.... I'd always intended to write a list of the best post-apocalyptic books, but the timing did seem off. Was this really in good taste, I asked myself? But apparently books about pandemics...

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A Time for cheerfulness: My Top Twenty (at least!) Funny Reads

I was going to blog this month about post apocalyptic novels, but as we seem to be living through an apocalypse anyway it began to feel a bit like bad taste. Also, who wants to read worse case scenarios when we're in the midst of them? No, I reckon what we need now is...

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10 Best YA Books of the Decade

Last month's blog featured my top fifteen books of the decade. I was originally intending to limit this to ten, which was impossible, and the only way I could keep it down to fifteen was to save all the YA favourites for their own, special list. So here we go, and no,...

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Best books of the decade

It was suggested to me that maybe now would be a good time to look back and select my favourite books published during the last decade. Oh yes, I thought... First problem...  It's actually quite hard to remember what was published when; and humbling too. Some of my...

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Top Ten Books About Time Travel

I adore anything to do with time travel. Far more interesting than life after death, easier to grasp than parallel universes, it allows for the exploration of so many ideas, concepts, truths about human nature, history, and possibilities. Here are my top ten reads. 1....

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Twenty-five best reads of 2019

To select twenty-five best reads might sound easy, but it's really not when you've read over eighty books in total that year. However I always enjoy giving it a go as it's a pleasure to re-visit the year's finds. I also like cheating; finding ways to include more...

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Time to shiver: Top 10 supernatural books for Halloween

October means autumn is here. Time to curl up in front of the fire with a good book. And of course at the end of the month it will be Halloween, so maybe it's time for a good ghost story? There are so many creepy books out there I decided that in order to qualify for...

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Top 10 funny books to cheer you up in times of gloom

Today is National Read a Book day, so I'm celebrating with a list of funny books. I don't know how you are feeling, but I'm nearly at the point of boycotting the news altogether. It's a bit like reading a crime or horror story, I'm still reading because I want to see...

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Shivers… books set in cold climates

Last month's blog, which was written at the start of the summer heatwave and was about books set in hot places, seemed to strike a chord with a few people. As the heatwave intensifies, maybe it's time to think about cold places as setting. The novel I'm drafting at...

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