Author Archives: Vic Books

Obsessions with the work of Prolific Authors

When I was growing up I often became fixated on the work of particular authors. After reading one book by them that I liked, I would go on to read every other book of theirs I could get my hands … Continue reading

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Why To Read Sad Books

  When I was a kid my first favourite book was Where the Red Fern Grows – a tragic tale about a boy and his two faithful dogs. I remember sobbing dramatically throughout the whole ending and from that moment I … Continue reading

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The To Be Read List

  Recently Book Riot brought to light the many possible definitions of TBR — the To Be Read list. While some people consider their TBR to be only comprised of actual physical books (such as the books on their nightstand or … Continue reading

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Silent Reading Parties — Why I Love This Idea

“The insane thing about a party where you’re not supposed to make small talk is that it makes you want to make small talk. You almost can’t not do it. (But what a relief to not have to!)” — Christopher … Continue reading

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Positive Relationships in Young Adult Fiction

Recently Flavorwire posted a list of 10 Toxic Relationships in Teen TV and YA Books and while I realise there are plenty of less than stellar examples of relationship health in media targeted to teen audiences (and Flavorwire hits on some biggies), … Continue reading

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Food, Book Pages and When the Two Meet

I came across this Anne Fadiman quote the other day on Beattie’s Book Blog and as soon as I saw it I thought “yes, that’s exactly right, especially the bit about the muffin crumbs!” Although for a few of my … Continue reading

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Spritz and Digital Reading – Why Faster isn’t Always Better

A new app called Spritz promises to help people read faster by displaying longer media (texts, e-mails, digital books) one word at a time. According to the company’s website, the key to Spritz lies in its identification of the Optimal … Continue reading

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Bookshelf Snooping

Book Riot contributor Wallace Yovetich’s recent post “Celebrity Bookshelf Snooping Wishlist” inspired me this week to think about whose bookshelves I most want to sneak a peek at. I always bookshelf snoop when I visit someone’s house for the first time … Continue reading

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Reading in Snippets

This week has been a particularly busy one, the kind of week where one struggles to find time to read. At the moment, I’m working my way through a comedy memoir that the author herself purports should only take two … Continue reading

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Thoughts on MIT’s “Sensory Fiction”

Felix Heibeck, Alexis Hope and Julie Legault of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s media lab have recently created a new prototype book which, through lighting, vibration, temperature change and chest constriction (actions produced partly by the book itself and partly … Continue reading

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