Category Personal

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2016-17

Does anyone reading this take part in the Goodreads annual reading challenge? It’s a personal challenge where you set the number of books you hope to have read by the end of the year, using your account and the data on Goodreads.

Water’s Body

Book Buying Habits – A Questionnaire

I found this over at The Terror of Knowing. It looks like an interesting set of questions. Hope you enjoy reading my answers!

Pembrokeshire, March 2017

A short piece on a recent visit to Pembrokeshire earlier this year.

William Peter Blatty (1928 – 2017)

I was sad to read of William Peter Blatty’s death on January 12, 2017. His 1971 novel The Exorcist and the subsequent 1973 movie adaption are two of the most remarkable, effective and important works of art I’ve ever encountered. Seeing the film and reading the book in my mid-teens changed my life, and that’s no exaggeration.

Reading Challenge and Abandoned Books 2016

I started this year by setting myself a reading goal of 65 books for 2017 (over at my Goodreads account – check it out here). Last year my target was 60, which I found quite challenging. I only just scraped the achievement by finishing my 60th on the evening of December 31.

2016 in Review

2016 has not been a good year. The passing of several much-loved and respected artists and musicians (starting as early as December 2015 with the death of Lemmy) seems to have to engendered a general sense of gloom and sadness for many. Additionally, the stressful and ultimately depressing preparations and results of both the UK EU Referendum and the US Presidential Election has meant that many now feel as though they are being suffocated with a sense of alienation, paranoia and anxiety. Continued reports of racial hate crime in both the UK and US, as well as the seemingly increasing frequency of worldwide terror attacks and the tragedies involved in Aleppo’s very recent recapture has made for an extremely turbulent year for humanity.