Tag Archives: Reading

When reading was popular


Children of each generation will have their own totems from their childhood. You can date them by the toys and TV programmes they watched. Whereas my children had Barney and Teletubbies, I had Bill and Ben and the Herb Garden. … Continue reading

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Classics? Not in my book.


I have a guilty secret. I have never read a “classic” novel. We have many of them and my wife and daughter will happily read Jane Austen, the Brontes, and even Bram Stoker. My definition is probably that a classic … Continue reading

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Some Unpickupable books


I’ve covered the books I have read which I find unputdownable and I’ve given a list of putdownable books but I also have a category for aspirational books. For me reading is about impulse – picking the book off the … Continue reading

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Extreme Reading: Ashbourne


Originally posted on A Rat in the Book Pile:
(Sitting on a traffic island…) It’s a bit late to worry about it now, but what do you read when you are awaiting the arrival of the Olympic Torch? The only…

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Putdownable novels


I have a problem. I was brought up to never leave things. This meant I was taught politeness was a clean plate but unfortunately I’ve also interpreted this to mean when I start a book I have to finish it. … Continue reading

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How School and Margaret Atwood stopped me reading


I learned to read before I went to school in a household with no TV. Once I had the bug I was unstoppable – going on my own to the town library once a week to get three or four … Continue reading

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Originally posted on A Reading Life:
Of the many things I regret not having mastered in life, the ability to read and speak another language well is a major one. Sure I took German in high school and, don’t laugh,…

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