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 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

Books of the Month: Mainly Novels

March was an extremely busy month, so in the interests of preserving my own sanity I took a hiatus for a while. Now I’m back, and I’ll probably keep doing my weekly book posts, but I might move the general round-ups to monthly rather than weekly.

In March I barely read anything until the final week, when I read a bunch of novels. Reviews below. Read more

Books of the Week: NOLA and a Novel

One entire strand of my life at the moment could be summed up by the phrase ‘NOLA and a novel’, but that’s a post for another time…

In the meantime, here are a couple of the books I read last week. I read three in total, but the third has its own separate post coming tomorrow, because it was sent to me by the publisher for review. The books in today’s posts were bought directly (Nine Lives) and loaned to me by a friend (Less).  Read more

Books of the Week: Psychotherapy, Writing, And Voodoo

This year’s reading list is mostly things I need to read for the various strands of my life, and this week’s pile was no exception. That’s not to say it’s no fun: these books are things I’d have chosen to read anyway, and sometimes it’s nice to have a bit of direction. This week’s list consisted of one book for uni, and three books that counted as research for the novel I’m writing.  Read more