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The Joys of Old Sci-Fi Books (& Covers)

The Joys of Old Sci-Fi Books (& Covers)

In which I show off a slightly haphazard collection of old Pan C.S. Lewis and Penguin John Wyndham sci-fi, and try to justify their purchase as an exercise in learning about humanity through the writings of old sci-fi writers, rather than just because I like the wonderfully trashy covers.

What? I never said I had fancy tastes.

 

 

What about you? Do you like old sci-fi, or old books in general? What’s your weakness when it comes to books? (Other than just, well, books…)

 

The Phantom Tollbooth & Why I Read Past the First Chapter

The Phantom Tollbooth & Why I Read Past the First Chapter

In which I talk about a book that I can’t actually remember very well, but that I know I loved as a kid. I also blame it for why I have guilt over DNF (did not finish) books.

Well, not really. I actually thank it for teaching me to always give a book a reasonable chance, but the other way sounds more interesting.

 

 

Do you put books down unfinished? Why or why not? And what’s something that a book’s taught you? Let me know in the comments!

 

Science-y Books for Non-Science-y People

Science-y Books for Non-Science-y People

In which I admit that although I own two copies of Cosmos, I haven’t read either, but have read other Carl Sagan books that I don’t own.

And I talk about other science-y books that are a good fit for my fairly un-science-y brain, and get a little over-excited by the fact that the universe is just generally pretty amazing.

 

 

Do you read science books (-y or otherwise)? Have you read any of these? Let me know your thoughts and recommendations in the comments!

 

James Joyce, A Cat, & The Devil

James Joyce, A Cat, & The Devil

In which I somehow turn book review time into storytime, featuring an absolutely brilliant little picture book written by James Joyce.

Well, I imagine he needed a break after Ulysses.

 

 

Do you have any strange and unusual finds you’ve come across in your bookshop travels? Books by unexpected authors? Let me know in the comments!

 

Zen & the Art of Making Mistakes

Zen & the Art of Making Mistakes

In which I show you the books that inspire me to keep writing, in the hopes that all their good thoughts will rub off on all of us. Plus a reminder that mistakes are good, failures are just works in progress, and to always hug your writing buddies, virtually or in real life.

I hope 2018 is a fabulously creative year for you, and that, most importantly, you have fun in what you’re doing, whether that’s writing, rewriting, editing, or something else entirely. Because if we’re not having fun, then we might as well be cleaning the loo, right? And no one wants that.

 

 

Do you have any favourite books you turn to when you need a little lift, in writing or life? Let me know in the comments!

 

Christmas Reading, Zombies & Penguins

Christmas Reading, Zombies & Penguins

In which I reveal that my tastes in movies are rather similar to my tastes in books, and talk about the Christmas books I didn’t read, as well as the not-very-Christmassy one I did.

I also forget to wish you Happy New Year, after spending all of last week’s video trying not to.

So, umm, Happy New Year?

 

 

What did you read and watch over Christmas? Do you have any books or movies you go back to every year? Let me know in the comments!

 

Talking Thank Yous & Fighting Over Cheese

Talking Thank Yous & Fighting Over Cheese

It being very nearly Christmas, this chat is, of course, partly to wish you happy holidays (very clumsily, as apparently I’m still having issues speaking. I should have got the little furry muse to help me out again). It’s also to say that I hope you’re looking after yourself this December, and have set some time and space away from the madness to do so.

The other part is to say thank you so much, lovely readers. You are completely and utterly wonderful, and have been the best cheerleaders anyone could hope for. Every comment, like and share has, without exaggeration, made my day. So thank you so much – and watch on!

 

 

How are you spending your December? How are you taking care of yourself? Let me know in the comments, and please know you can always message me if you need an ear.

 

 

Bookshelves, a Book Haul, & a Grumpy Cat

Bookshelves, a Book Haul, & a Grumpy Cat

I recorded this video the day after we got back from Denmark, and just before I started packing, which explains the needy cat and the general disorganisation of the whole thing.

Or that’s my excuse, anyway.

Anyhow, watch on to see me mourn the fact that I’m going to have to have to downsize my bookshelves, show off a very small bookhaul, and deal with a needy cat.

 

 

Do you go bookshop hunting when you’re travelling? What was your latest bookhaul? Let me know below!