Vikki Patis is a writer and blogger at The Bandwagon, where she reviews books, interviews authors, and gives her opinions on a wide variety of topics, from feminism to fibromyalgia. She recently published a collection of short stories, Weltanschauung, and is talking to us today about the importance of being well read. As a book reviewer,… Read More Want to write? Then read.
I’ve recently rekindled my love affair with libraries. They are wonderful things and I don’t know why I’ve stayed away for so long. Starting out I’ve loved books all my life. My childhood bedroom featured a small white bookshelf packed with tattered, well-read copies of Ladybird Classics that I read and read and read until… Read More Rekindling my love of libraries
We all have different reading habits that dictate how much, where and what we read. Speedy or slow, high-brow or trashy, logical or random, we all choose and read books differently – it’s part of what makes reading so bloomin’ fantastic. From my experience as a reader and from knowing lots and lots and lots… Read More What type of reader are you?
Wintry reading nooks provide shelter from the icy chill of the worsening weather, and a great opportunity to progress with your TBR. Without the distraction of summery sunshine and outdoor activity, wintry reading nooks provide us with a six-month bookish hibernation during which we can catch up, restore and indulge our reading lives. Here are… Read More 5 of the best wintry reading nooks
Did you watch the BBC4 documentary about Virago last night? If not, do so immediately. You can find it here. The progamme, ‘The Virago Story’, outlined in six chapters the ways in which this imprint has changed the world. Now, many publishers and many books purport to have done just that without actually making a… Read More Virago and me
I’ve followed the Man Booker Prize for the last few months. It’s been a pretty special experience. Shadow judging You’ll know by now that the Book and Brew book club loves a literary prize and we jumped at the chance of working with The Reading Agency on this one. The Reading Agency asks reading groups… Read More The Man Booker and me
Well, what a month September has been on Book and Brew. The takeover gave us a wealth of fantastic articles from readers, writers and publishers, all talking about a fascinating range of issues that affect bookworms and authors every day. I also gave you some book reviews and general book chatter to get you through… Read More September round up
In today’s Book and Brew takeover, Catherine Hokin tells us about her journey to publication and what lies on the road to Authorland. *** Do you remember that scene in Bambi when our eponymous little hero first steps onto the snow with a wide-eyed grin and a confident bounce? He falls through the snow and… Read More Catherine Hokin on the road to Authorland
A new report, known as the Rest Test, has revealed that two-thirds of people feel they don’t get enough rest. In today’s hectic world, that doesn’t really surprise me. My day Here’s what I did today, an average Tuesday: 6am – 7am: Got up, watched the news headlines, made and ate my breakfast, checked emails… Read More Reading is the key to rest – even if you’re a book blogger
In today’s Book and Brew takeover, Grace Olivia Parry talks us through a day in the life of a book lover. It’s harder than you think. *** Most days, I never really know whether being a lover of books is a blessing or a curse. Don’t get me wrong, I love books and I always… Read More Grace Olivia Parry: a day in the life of a book lover