It’s been a while since the blog got any attention, and that has been because I have been reading, real pleasure reading, and taking simple enjoyment in the written word whenever I got a moment with a book. And it’s been glorious!
It’s been good to take the time out and avoid getting bogged down in the love/hate relationship with time and trying to get things written down topost, as well as trying to make inroads into the book pile.
Combatting this has taken the form of a mix of bestsellers – strange for me, I know – and some quality Asian literature in the form of, Ahmed Ali’s Twilight in Delhi, and the wonderfully titled The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima. The latter wasn’t because it was trendy to be reading Japanese literature last month, but rather thanks to getting the book as a Christmas present.
As a bonus, whilst walking around the streets between snowfalls, we came across a bag hung on the gate of a house inviting the passerby to take books, so I ended up with two Stephen king hardbacks, Desperation, and Full Dark, No Stars. Enthusiasm now renewed, and notebook filled, Febuary on WP can finally start for me.
After my Charles Dickens birthday binge chronicled in the last post, a bit more variety was needed in my reading collection, and what better place to turn to for inspiration than book bloggers. After hunting around for a short time I came up with three books that would add depth to my collection.
First port of call was Claire over at Word By Word, for those of you who haven’t discovered this blog yet please be warned you will end up wanting to spend all your money on a variety of books, all of which are wonderfully reviewed. Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat caught my eye with short stories of a Haitian flavour.
Next up was Asha’s recommendation for Twilight in Delhi which sounds like an atmospheric historical fiction novel that will captivate the senses. Ever since finishing A Suitable Boy, I have hankered for an Indian novel to read, although I have Rohinton Mistry’s A FIne Balance still to read, I had to have this book too. Continue reading “Literature Binge”
Finally getting a few moments to write up some notes for the books that I have been reading this year, two completed so far, a notification popped up with the news that this is my twelfth year on WordPress, making this the tenth year of Book to the Future.
An unexpected milestone for sure, not that there was ever a thought of the blog carrying on this long. When conceived, this space was created with the soul aim of talking about books and making friends, those expectations have been far surpassed in the most surprising way.
From making friends in many different countries as well as meeting blog friends on two other continents, working with Penguin/Random House, meeting my wife, and being an ocassional proofreader and editor with a couple of small publishing companies.
Not too mention all the free books that authors have been kind enough to send, as well as the reviews that have inspired me to read widely and have bulked up my to read list. My writing has improved a bit too, so as always a huge thanks to the people who make this all viable, you wonderful readers, especially my regulars.
More book reviews will be coming shortly, they are like a dam waiting to burst.
Although predictable, this type of post is an easy way to get the blogging ball rolling for the year, with the added bonus of not having to put much effort into it.
Looking back at the things I aimed to do last year, I clearly and consistently failed to achieve a single goal so this time around I will only focus on two things in the vain hope that I will be able to achieve them.
Firstly, carry on with the blog, be a bit more consistent and get all those book reviews and ideas written up. There is so much half written stuff that I have knocking around, on a variety of topics. I also want to take the blog a bit wider than just books but retaining the literature feel, although now I read that back I have no idea if that will make sense. Continue reading “Obligatory New Year’s Post”
It’s Christmas! And here’s a gift you never asked for. Namely my good self popping up to ruin Asha’s latest book vlog.
If you fancy some Christmas book recommendations, and also wish to see me trying to do my bit to camera with a harassed look as Amelia faintly cries just out of shot, not to mention completely forgetting all the points I was going to make before hand, then watch on.
This book is a debut poetry collection that centers on life in three parts – love, loss, and healing. It looks at love in its many different elements; nature, family, motherhood, sex, self-love, and more. Then shifts focus to the inevitable aspects of loss, grief, heartbreaks, disappointments, abuse, and more. Finally, it lends itself to life’s possibilities of rebirth. Here it touches on healing in various forms; kindness, forgiveness, joy, forward thinking, meditation, and faith.
With an introduction that shows the author’s intent, fellow bloggerBoomie Bol seeks to make a connection with each reader, and have her poems infuse into the reader’s life and hopefully be remembered at a time that they are required.
At its core, Paper Heart is a celebration of women, and also women of colour. Boomie’s poems are unapologietic and unashamed, she lays out her innermost feelings and this reader found himself appreciative for the insight into the author’s world and mind and thought process. Continue reading “Paper Heart – Boomie Bol”
My gorgeous husband and I share many things in common but we have totally opposite views on books. While I sit surrounded by piles of books I am sure I will one day read, Stephen on the other hand has a handful of beloved titles that he has read many times and so knows with great depth and understanding.
One of his favourite annual traditions is to read Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Sometimes it is just to himself. Sometimes it is a special treat for me to hear him read out loud while I sit knitting.
This year he has taken things to a new level. Stephen is an expert YouTuber and so has a range of high-quality recording and editing equipment. This has enabled him to produce a podcast version of A Christmas Carol which I am delighted to be able to share with you. This is…
The days are flying by of late, what with now working fifty hours a week, it’s been hard to get a chance to blog, (and I am aware I need to answer comments but that will be done at a later date) so it came as a bit of a surprise when Crissy told me we were nearing our six hundredth subscriber on our YouTube channel.
When you read this we will be at that specific number and so can announce that we already have our plans to pay forward all the kindness that has come our way – especially over the past year and a half – by donating to a charity chosen by our winner. We will also be sharing some other prizes out for other lucky entrants, see our Facebook page for that, link below.
Here is your chance to win in The Johnsons’ Road to 1,000 Subscribers! Milestone Giveaways and Raffle! Join in these 4 easy steps:
3) Share your favourite The Johnsons’ YouTube video on your Facebook timeline and story with a witty caption and tag your chosen loved one, following with #TheJohnsonsPayItForward.
4) Send the screenshots of steps 1 to 3 to the Johnsons’ Facebook page and the link of your chosen charity. Wait for the confirmation of your raffle entry.
Raffle draw will be done once we reach 1,000 subscribers.