FAQ

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When do you post?

I post anywhere between 2-8 times a month, depending on how busy my schedule is.

Twice a week

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What do you post?

Book recommendations, feature length articles and I also have a ‘Bastard of the Week’ series

Tuesday’s are for feature-length articles, and Thursday alternate between ‘Bastard of the Week’ and ‘Blind Date with a Book’.

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Why do you post?

I read English at University, so I’ve written a lot of essays, and journals, and weekly dissections. Which I absolutely loved. I’ve also written reviews for blogsites, acclaiming writers and recommending books, which I also really enjoyed. I’ve spent a lot of time writing, adhering to rules of what makes a ‘good essay’, or a ‘good review’.

I want to write something of my own. Something that sounds like me. Something that focuses on why I love books; because some things make me feel alive, some things make me feel like I’m not alone, some things help me to understand the weight of being human, and sometimes because characters really aggravate me and I want to talk about how crappy they are.

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What’s the title about?

‘Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin’ was the renowned catch-phrase on the BBC Radio programme Listen with Mother. Far before my time it ran from 1950 to 1982, but both my parents have fond memories of it. Bed-time reading and story telling was one of my favourite things as a kid, and since then I’ve had a soft spot for the intimacy of the opening. Just like books, even though I’m not speaking to you per se. I’m speaking to you.

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What’s the difference between the articles, the ‘Blind Date with a Book’, and the ‘Bastard of the Week’ sections?

Articles; longer, structured, sourced – books, their themes, and how they relate to our lives

Bastard of the Week; an array of horrid characters, actually children born out of wedlock – everything from bastards we’ve been taught are nice guys, and good guys that when you think about it are actually bastards, and characters that are born out of wedlock and how that went down for them

Blind Date with a Book; inspired from independent book stores that have a section set aside with wrapped books with a bio on the front of them (so that you literally can’t judge a book by its cover), I bring you a variety of recommendations.

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Where did the Bastard of the Week come from?

When my sister and I were still in school, she started to read Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. One afternoon, my sister was describing the heinous acts of pretty much every character in the whole novel, bar 2. A huge shock, of course, given the Disney version we were raised on. Despite the numerous contenders, my sister turned to me, utterly exasperated when I said that the glorious Phoebus, the dashing hero of Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame couldn’t be as bad as she was making out. She assured me that he would make Bastard of the Week.

Years later when I read it myself, I found out that she was 100% right.

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Why have you recommended the books that you have?

Books and stories can be a big part of who we are, how we develop and how we live. The right book at the right time can show you how the world can be, for better of for worse. The books that I’ll be recommending go from ones I read when I was just learning how to read right up to the present day.

I won’t give too much away about them, but I’ll always let you know the age-range suitability, what’s so worthy about them, and how they shaped my view of the world.

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As we’ve established – I love to read.

If you have any suggestions on books, please send them my way via feedback, comments, or even Facebook me.