Six No-Guilt Novels for Valentine’s Day

Romance novels get a bad rap, and it is entirely possible to find good, heart-warming stories that aren’t poorly written or saccharine sweet. However with Fifty Shades and its brethren being the most often donated texts to charity bookshops, you might assume that the reading public are looking for something with a bit more substance (and a bit less bite?).

Last year the QI Elves reported that one Oxfam shop had received so many copies of E. L. James’ work, that they had constructed a creepy book fort:

50-shades-fort

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So here is a list of six much better books for you to check out on Valentine’s Day- and if you’ve got someone for whom you need to buy a last minute present, don’t say I haven’t given you plenty of great ideas.

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“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” Five recipes inspired by literary favourites – the winter edition.

That quote is from Oscar Wilde by the way, a man after my own bitter introverted heart. If you’re cooking for a crowd, for yourself or bringing something to a party then why not try one of these literary-inspired recipes inspired by wintery tomes.

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The 12 Books of Christmas – part two

It’s difficult to find the time to sit down with a good book during the holidays, but if you’ve doled out your cards and crossed off all your lists, then why not unwind with a holiday-themed read from this list?

I’ve already uploaded part one, with books 1-6, here.

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5 books that make really good gifts

Every year I get a pile of books for Birthdays and Christmases, and it’s always really exciting to wade through and pick out what to read first. However, if somebody doesn’t know you very well or they’re a bit uninspired, then you’ll probably get a recent celebrity autobiography, a cookbook, or a Christmas annual. If you don’t want to become that friend, then try out the list below, guaranteed to charm all your favourite bibliophiles. Pick the genre that they’re most likely to read from, and there’s a gift idea for you. Just make sure to give them until a few days before you go in with the spoilers.

As this is an ongoing series of posts, I’ll let you know that today I’ve listed ‘Fashion,’ ‘Fairytales and Magic,’ ‘Cookbooks,’ ‘Historical Fiction,’ and ‘Hipster.’
Look out for the next post- why not suggest a genre in the comments?

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Five for Friday … November 4th

This is the first Friday post in the new format of the blog, so I’m going to give you a quick explanation- ‘Five for Friday’ is a little list of five things you can watch, do, hear, eat or otherwise engage with over the coming weekend: it’ll be bookish, but this is categorically not a reading list. Instead there will be things to help you relax, enjoy the weekend, and generally bask in the things you enjoy the most.

This coming weekend will be Guy Fawkes’ Day, or Bonfire Night in lots of other parts of the UK. It’s also the first weekend since the clocks went forward, so it really feels like winter is here and it’s time to be cosy-warm and prepare for hibernation. As such, here are five things for you to do this weekend, since it gets too dark to read by four o’clock anyway.

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