The sound of a good book

Four years ago, I wrote a blog post about the smell of a good book. Today, I am going to talk about a different sense: the sound of a good book. I am speaking of audiobooks, that alternative to the traditional method of reading which can prove to be just as good a way of experiencing a book and, if I dare say it, sometimes better!

I first started considering reading via the audiobook format when 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

Book First? Movie First? Or Does It Really Matter?

I’m really curious to know where people stand on this!

I am primarily a book-before-the-movie person. For me, it’s about experiencing the story in its original format – I want to embrace it the way the author imagined it, not the way the director interpreted it. I do love to see the adaptations afterwards but I prefer my first encounter to be with the words on the page.

When comparing the two versions, I find Continue reading

‘His Dark Materials’ by Philip Pullman

His Dark Materials, comprising the three books Northern Lights (also known as The Golden Compass), The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, is a trilogy which I have read many times over since I was a young teenager. It is a story about parallel universes and follows twelve-year-olds Lyra and Will who come from two similar-but-different Englands and find themselves caught up in a war which will affect all of the worlds.

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

There is no limit to Philip Pullman’s imagination and the books are populated with fantastic creations such as Continue reading