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url 2017-04-10 03:29
BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime - The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry


Moving between Essex and London, myth and modernity, Cora Seaborne's spirited search for the Essex Serpent encourages all around her to test their allegiance to faith or reason in an age of rapid scientific advancement...



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url 2017-02-24 22:48
BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime - The Underground Railroad


Listen Here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08ff18j


Clarke Peters (The Wire, Treme) reads The Underground Railroad, the new novel by Colson Whitehead. This brilliant and at times brutal novel about the history of slavery and racism in America won the US National Book Award for Fiction in 2016.


"What if the underground railroad was a literal railroad? And what if each state, as a runaway slave was going north, was a different state of American possibility, an alternative America?"


Whitehead's inventive novel follows Cora and Caesar as they escape from a Georgia slave plantation and run north in pursuit of freedom, aided by the stationmasters and conductors of the Underground Railroad.


Produced by Mair Bosworth
Abridged by Sara Davies
Read by Clarke Peters.

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url 2017-01-12 00:23
Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon


Voted "Best Scottish Book of All Time" and widely regarded as one of the most important Scottish novels of the 20th century, if not the most important.


Gerda Stevenson's dramatisation of the 1932 novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, set in north-east Scotland before and during the First World War.


Listen now on BBC Radio 4: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00j2j2g



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url 2017-01-02 01:13
2016 Top Reads, Honourable Mentions, and Looking Ahead to 2017


For some reason, I feel like I didn't have a great reading year this year. I didn't read as much as I would have liked to have read and the majority of my reading time in 2016 was spent reading books send to me by publishers, authors, or via Netgalley. I have so many books I want to get to that have been getting neglected due to other reading obligations. So, I am planning on changing my reading habits for the year ahead.


I plan in 2017 to read more of the physical books that I have on my shelves. I will still be reading books I receive for review, but I will be more strict with what I accept for review, and more strict with myself to make sure I make a point of reading my own books alongside them. I do try to accept books for review that I know I will enjoy, but I seem to have been a bit less successful on that front in 2016. At one point during the year, I felt myself getting into a bit of a reading slump and I realised that I wasn't enjoying reading as much as I usually do. It had started to feel more like a chore rather than my favourite pastime. I want to make sure I avoid that in 2017, so fingers crossed I will have a more successful year ahead.

Now that my blethering is done, let's get to my top reads...Click here to go to full post

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url 2016-01-09 04:55
How could I read more books?



Agatha Christie read 200 books every year, while Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gets through a book a fortnight. President Theodore Roosevelt read a book a day, and increased this to two or three when he had a quiet night. But how can mere mortals get through more?





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