Giving up on a book – when do you make that call?

Up until very recently, I was a firm believer that you should always power through a book to the end, regardless of its appeal, length or quality. This principle was motivated by a number of factors, including:

  • a simple desire to find out what happens
  • a respect for the time and effort the author has put into producing the work
  • a sense of completion at the end that aligns with my inbuilt impulse to neatly box away everything in life

Unfortunately, I have encountered a book which has forced me to abandon this enduring cornerstone of my existence.

Prior to Continue reading

Harry Potter Spells Book Tag

I’ve seen a few book tags since I started wandering around the blogosphere, but this was the first one where I was immediately like “OMG, I want to do this too!” I spotted it on Alexa Loves Books where I was referred back to the original creator of the tag, Kimberly Faye Reads. Kimberly very generously made the images available for anyone to use.

I thought this would be a straightforward task but in reality I found it really hard to pick my favourites in each category. There were so many books to choose from, with varying emotions tied up in each, but I eventually Continue reading

The Magic Of Harry Potter

One of the top tips the publishing industry always gives aspiring writers is ‘if you want to write, you have to read’. It seems obvious but it’s very good advice – the more you read, the more you get a feel for what you like and don’t like, for what works and doesn’t work, and the better-informed and better-honed your own writing becomes. So I’ve decided to write some posts about books that I’ve read, to shed some light on my own interests and influences.

And I really don’t think I could start anywhere else but with Harry Potter.

A lazy choice, you might say. Too populist, too predictable. Why didn’t I pick something with a bit more depth, a real classic? Well, all I can say is that Continue reading