I started The Book and Biscuit in July 2010 to help me share my love of all things bookish with like-minded people. Updated erratically, The Book and Biscuit is less a blog and more a haphazard scrapbook of a life spent reading, with notes on books scribbled when I get time. 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.
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 tend to read less non-fiction because in my day job I work as an editor on academic books 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 try to 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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