I startedThe Book and Biscuit in July 2010 to help me share my love of all things bookish with like-minded people. Now two years in, The Book and Biscuit is a scrapbook of a life improved by reading. I firmly believe that there is a book for all occasions, and that the experience can be enhanced with the addition of a biscuit and a nice cup of tea.
Though I wouldn’t describe myself as a book snob, I do have a few rules for reading. Feel free to break them though, it’s all about experimentation.
1. No celebrity biographies- they rot the soul
2. You wouldn’t live on a diet of porridge, so don’t consume only Jane Austen
3. Rehome read books- don’t leave them lonely on the shelf
4. Keep a book in your bag and read whenever you get a chance
5. Be warned- some characters will stay with you for life, some scenes will make you cry in public
6. If you’re a late night reader, book lights save relationships
7. Read the books that appeal to you, not the accepted literary cannon
8. When you read a great book, don’t keep it to yourself
9. Understand that it’s okay to hate the director and actors who ruined your favourite book
10. Try everything once- only then can you slate Chris Ryan with complete authority.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “A man is known by the books he reads”. Amongst other things, anyway. What does that say about me? Well, I read everywhere I go. I always have a book tucked in my bag just waiting to break free. Sometimes people think I’m easily distracted, I’m not, I’m just concentrating on the people in the book I was reading earlier.
My tastes are eclectic, though they mainly focus on fiction and poetry. I read less non-fiction because in my day job I work as an editor on a great academic series so spend a lot of time reading non-fiction manuscripts. That said, I do stray into non-fiction for fun occasionally and I often enjoy it.
I am open-minded, I will read almost anything once and don’t let literary snobbery get in my way. I find it exciting when I read a book that others have lambasted, and feel let down when I read a classic which leaves me feeling cold.
When I start a book, I finish it, even if I don’t enjoy it at first because I am convinced it will get better. Sometimes I’m disappointed. The only book I’ve ever given up on never to return to was James Joyce’s Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man. I might yet finish it one day, though in all honesty, probably not.
I hope you enjoy browsing and look forward to seeing more of you at The Book and Biscuit.
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I am 28 and I live in Oxfordshire, UK. After studying for an undergraduate degree in English and Welsh, I trained as an English teacher and taught English to 11-18 year olds for two years before joining an academic publishing company where I am currently an editor. In my spare time, which is, when I’m not working, reading or writing about reading, I do some freelance writing, travel and eat lovely foods.