All posts tagged: Dear Reader

Top Ten Tuesday: My last 10 five-star reads

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is to post about our last 10 five-star reads (or something similar along those lines). I’ve been less free with my five-starring this year, so some of these date all the way back to the end of last year. I read three ‘Harry Potter’ books during this time, but I decided not to count those and just went with new to me books rather than rereads. Here they are, counting down from ten to one, starting with the most recently read. 10. Watchmen by  Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. What didn’t I like about this? The art was fantastic, the writing was fantastic, and really that’s all you need in a graphic novel. There’s a reason this has been as popular for as long as it has and if you’ve been thinking about reading it for a while, stop thinking and start doing. If you want to watch the film you should do that too, but just as it gets towards the big reveal of …

Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10 New Releases of 2015

The New Year is looming just on the horizon, signalling a close to a fantastic year of reading for me. As of this post, I’ve read 93 books this year – completely smashing my Goodreads Challenge goal of 52. As I’m taking part in The 12 Books of Christmas reading challenge, hosted by Shaina over at Shaina Reads, by the end of December I hope to have read 100 books. But before I say hello to a new year of books and reading in 2016, I’d like to say goodbye to the reading of 2015 and reflect on my favourite new releases from this year (to December 14). So I’ve carefully curated a list of My Top 10 New Releases of 2015. It’s quite mixed – there’s some hard-hitting literary fiction, a couple of fun reads, a book of poetry, and a revamped favourite. Here they are, counting down from 10 to 1 – who knows, maybe you’ll get some ideas for some last minute Christmas requests! 10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling, …

Book Review – ‘Dear Reader’

Title: Dear Reader Author: Paul Fournel Genre: Literary Fiction Release Date: November 3, 2015 Rating: ★★★★★ “Old-school publisher meets e-reader: chaos ensues. There’s a lot of good to be said about publishing, mainly about the food. The books, though – Robert Dubois feels as if he’s read the books, but still they keep coming back to him, the same old books just by new authors. Maybe he’s ready to settle into the end of his career, like it’s a tipsy afternoon after a working lunch. But then he is confronted with a gift: a piece of technology, a gizmo, a reader… Dear Reader takes a wry, affectionate look at the world of publishing, books and authors, and is a very funny, moving story about the passing of the old and the excitement of the new.” (Pushkin Press) Books about books and reading are probably my favourite kind of book. I think they’re a favourite of just about any voracious reader, perhaps because these particular books speak directly to the book nerd within us and we can see …

October on Bitsnbooks

I’m not even going to attempt to recap September because it was a complete haze. I actually felt like there was a fog in my mind for most of it, and I didn’t even realise October was basically here until I had to write this post. I did get an OK amount of reading done though, including: The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley, which turned out to be really great in the end. House of Thieves by Charles Belfoure. An OK read, but nothing to set the literary world alight. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff – stop reading this post now and check out my review of Fates and Furies and then go get yourself a copy of the book IMMEDIATELY. It was amazing. The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg. After reading this I’ve decided I want to be friends with Bill Murray. Tristano Dies by Antonio Tabucchi. A book that probably contributed to my foggy mindset – to be honest I don’t really know what I read. Undermajordomo Minor by …