Category Archives: Reading & Reviewing habits

Book Stats & Targets: 2015 in Numbers

Even if the results are not as varied as I might expect, each year I love analysing the stats of what I’ve read and potentially boring you with graphs. Thanks to my master spreadsheet that I’ve kept since 2007, I have all the data …  all the 2015 stats are correct as of Christmas Day! Last year I ended up… Read more »

Reading Routines

Annabel   15th September 2015   7 Comments on Reading Routines

Week two of a new academic year and life is yet to settle back into its normal rhythm. With a teenager in the house who likes her lie-ins whenever she gets a chance, the summer holiday has meant more time in bed for me reading every morning too. Luxury! If for any reason I woke up during the night, instead… Read more »

Reading habits: Male vs Female Authors

Elle wrote a thought-provoking post a few days ago titled Am I a Sexist Reviewer? about how she actually reads a fairly even split of female:male authors, but doesn’t blog about all the novels by men, as she finds more to talk about in general in novels by women. It got me thinking about the balance between the sexes in… Read more »

Weekend Bits and Bobs

I was in the middle of drafting a post setting out my own stall about where I get my books from etc after all the toing and froing on the subject lately. But, Simon Savidge’s impassioned post, (written after Gav and he got attacked on Twitter over where they got their books from), beat me to it, and I decided that… Read more »

My New Reading Chair

YIPPEE! My new reading chair arrived this afternoon (with matching sofa, from the sales at Furniture Village). It’s a ‘smuggler’ chair – one and a half seats wide, so plenty of room for feet and wriggling and cushions – and a cat when we get one.  Meanwhile my daughter is pleased with the sofa because it is longer than our… Read more »

Rewarding YA reading for Grown-ups! Let me persuade you…

I’m in my early fifties prime (!) and I’m not afraid to say that I love reading modern YA books now and then … but only good ones, naturally.  By using the term ‘YA’ here, I’m distinguishing them from those books we usually call ‘children’s classics’ (which still appeal to readers young and old alike).  I’m concentrating on contemporary novels specifically… Read more »

Midweek Musings …

Dear Readers, I am smitten!  No, not a new man in my life, but a book. Finally, inspired by Simon’s Guest post on Vulpes Libris, I dug out my copy of The Diary of a Provincial Lady, by E.M. Delafield.  By page two, I was lapping it up, and I shall be dipping into this book and its sequels over… Read more »

Scoring books, some musings on the subject

There are two definite camps in the book blogosphere: those who give/find useful star ratings, and those who don’t. I’ve always been in the former camp, but I do recognise that ratings are no more than a highly personal snapshot of opinion at time of publication. I started out giving whole stars out of five, then had to give half… Read more »

Annabel's Midweek Miscellany

It’s so long since I did a bits and pieces post – it’s only worth doing when you’ve the requisite bits to talk about though… Firstly, advance warning to local quiz fans – The Mostly Bookbrains Literary Quiznight is returning in April, Friday 19th to be precise.  No further details at the moment, but all the profits will be donated… Read more »

Falling in love again …

The Joys of Re-reading I don’t do much re-reading.  I have too many unread books to get through, both new shiny ones and more of those which have been languishing on the shelves for far too long. Once in a blue moon though, I will re-read a book – just a couple a year usually. It so happens that Ali at Heavenali is… Read more »