Monthly Round-Up: May 2019

I can’t believe the year is flying by so quickly. It helps to have a lot of things on, I suppose: it means everything goes faster because there’s less time (no time!) to sit around going “What am I doing with my life?”

Nonetheless my brain is having an irritating day today where it’s doing that. I am not a fan of these days, the times when my brain just gives me a constant stream of “You have done NOTHING with your life what is the POINT you are AWFUL I HATE YOU” and I’m like “Stop talking bollocks” but it just carries on grumbling in the background.

It was quite helpful, therefore, that the day I’m writing this is the second-to-last day of the month, because it means it’s time for my monthly round-up, which demonstrates what I’ve been doing for the last thirty days and how it’s not nothing. Read more

Oslo’s Sculpture Park

I went to Oslo recently and it was lovely, although I barely had any time to explore. Luckily I took the BFF with me, and she managed to do pretty much everything that was available to be done in the city during the week, and then on my one day off she gave me a whistle-stop tour of the highlights.

The Vigelanda Sculpture Park was one such highlight; here are some of the photos I took while we were there. Read more

Star Ratings on Book Reviews

I haven’t done star ratings on my book reviews for years, mainly because I think it’s difficult to compare books against each other when you read as widely as I do. How can I compare a dense textbook on the philosophy of logics with a throwaway beach novel?

I can’t, of course. But there’s a certain rating each book hits within its own genre, and of course many books which span multiple genres. So I’ve decided to re-add star ratings, partly to make it easier to write my monthly review round-ups. Here’s how that’ll work. Read more

The Flat List #4

Apparently I haven’t posted one of these since October, mainly because I’ve barely done anything to the flat since then. However, in the interests of getting myself back up and running with the renovations, here is the state of things as it currently stands. Read more

The British Book Awards: Debut Book Of The Year Nominees

It’s that time of year again: The British Book Awards, aka the Nibbies. Usually I manage to get my post published before the winners are called, but this year I missed the delivery of books so had to go to the big post office, which was shut, and then I arranged a redelivery and missed that too, and so it went on for a couple of weeks, until finally last week I received all six nominees for Debut Book of the Year.

I read them over the weekend, and didn’t look at the winner until after I’d made my own judgements. Like every other year, I seem to be out of step with the judges, but never mind. Here’s what I thought of this year’s Debut nominees, from the one I liked least to the one I liked most. Read more