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Yearly Reading Diary 2016

January 4th, 2017 · No Comments · Admin, Reading Related

Every year I publish an Annual Reading Diary.  It’s a utility and a discipline. It creates a place that I can return to years later to track down the half-remembered books I’ve read when the need arises, as well as encouraging me to stay on track with my aim to read a book a week. It’s […]

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Annual Reading Diary 2015

January 4th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Admin, Reading Related

Every year I publish an Annual Reading Diary to create a place where I can put my hands on things I half remember reading in the past and to encourage me to stay on track with my aim to read one book a week. 2015 was a bit of a down year reading wise – the process […]

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Annual Reading Diary 2013

January 13th, 2014 · 5 Comments · Admin, Reading Related

For a number of years now I’ve been publishing an Annual Reading Diary as a discipline to my resolution to read at least one book a week every year. Disappointingly, this has been the first year since I made my resolution that I didn’t hit my target. In my defence, reading is a domestic activity and a […]

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Annual Reading Diary 2012

December 20th, 2012 · No Comments · Admin, Reading Related

For a number of years now I’ve been publishing an Annual Reading Diary in conjunction with my resolution to read at least one book a week every week of the year. So without further ado, here’s the list for 2012: “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, Maya Angelou. Autobiography African-American poet and writer. Tackles strong themes […]

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Like Being Inside a Sock – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 28th, 2012 · No Comments · Description, Reading Related, Writing

My room is hot and small, overrun by books. You never wanted to be in here (it’s like being inside a sock, you said) and anytime the boys were away we slept in the living room, out on the rug.

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“A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

November 2nd, 2012 · No Comments · Description, Reading Related, Writing

We would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright.

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A Great Treasure You Could Take With You – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 31st, 2012 · No Comments · Literature, Reading Related

To have come on all this new world of writing (Tolstoy, Chekov, Dostoyevsky, Gogol & Turgenev), with time to read in a city like Paris where there was a way of living well and working, no matter how poor you were, was like having a great treasure given to you. You could take with you […]

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You Should Only Read What is Truly Good or is Frankly Bad – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 29th, 2012 · No Comments · Culture, Elitism, Reading Related

‘Huxley is a dead man,’ Miss Stein said. ‘Why do you want to read a dead man? Can’t you see he is dead?’ I could not see, then, that he was a dead man and I said that his books amused me and kept me from thinking. ‘You should only read what is truly good […]

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Lazy Reading – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr 

May 6th, 2012 · No Comments · Culture, Politics, Reading Related

Still, for many years my own reading was lazy – too much biography, current affairs and ephemeral political economy. Why didn’t I tackle War and Peace? Or reread James Joyce, first explored at University? Why didn’t I start reading Dostoyevsky in my forties? The answer is I was scared of being bored. There were no […]

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Only Great Literature Grows in the Imagination – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman

April 3rd, 2012 · No Comments · Reading Related, Writing

From Linda Grant’s Introduction: Novels fade, your immersion in their world turns into a faint dream, and then is forgotten. Only great literature grows in the imagination.

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