Author Archives: Vic Books

Relationship-based Reading

Recently a post by Book Riot contributor Rachel Manwill discussed her new way of choosing books for her To Be Read (TBR) list:  basing the choices on the books she associates with close individual friends and family members. Taking Rachel’s cue, here are the books … Continue reading

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Why I Re-read

  The first chapter book that I ever read twice was The BFG by Roald Dahl. Perhaps eight years old at the time, I remember I was captivated by the characters (the Giant in particular) and also by the concept of dreams … Continue reading

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Authors I’ve Only Read Once

I’m generally the type of reader who, when I find an author I like, will read several of their books in quick succession. It’s fairly unusual for me to enjoy a book and then never pick up another of that … Continue reading

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Judging a Book by its Spine

“Don’t judge a book by its cover” is one of the most commonly used phrases to derive from the world of literature. Yet covers are often what initially attracts browsers to a book and many a blog post has been … Continue reading

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Books are the Reason I’ll Never Be a Minimalist

Like many people in their twenties and thirties, my home is filled with a hodgepodge of items collected through impulse or happenstance over a number of years — the dresser left behind by a flatmate moving overseas, the bookcase found … Continue reading

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Favourite Sport Books or “How to engage with Sports without engaging in Sports”

I began my life, as many obsessive readers do, much more interested in books than sports. It wasn’t until I entered university that I joined a sports team with, perhaps unsurprisingly, my choice of sport (fencing) heavily influenced by my love … Continue reading

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Items to Pair with Winter Reading

With New Zealand’s winter beginning to set in, reading is one of my favourite ways to spend the chilly days and darker evenings.  A good book is the perfect thing to curl up with while wind and weather are battling … Continue reading

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Reading in the Author’s First Language

Although I consider myself fairly proficient with both written and spoken English, I’ve never been particularly good at learning other languages. Every time I’ve tried, I’ve seemed to develop a good ear for nouns, but little grasp of grammar beyond … Continue reading

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Reading Aloud to Adults

  Having a book read aloud to you is one of the great joys of childhood.  I have many fond memories of evenings spent in the company of Frog and Toad, George and Martha and Bilbo Baggins.  I’ve since enjoyed … Continue reading

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Music for Book Browsing

At one of the bookshops I worked for when I still lived in the US, I often found myself in charge of choosing the music.  I remember that on one occasion I put on an album of classical (thinking classical … Continue reading

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