Reading Pile

I’ve not posted much book-related stuff for a while. Generally speaking my updates aren’t anywhere near as frequent as they used to be – mainly as I’m pouring my blogging energies into my whisky review site, which has just celebrated its third year. (On the whisky front, I ought to have an article published in Whisky Magazine next month, which is exciting.)

But suffice to say I am still writing (deadline this October, so there’ll be a bit of a gap in books from me for a few months). And I’m reading a fair bit – diverse as always, as the above shows. I’m about to start Ragtime, purely because Mad Men has begun the last season and that seems to make me want to read great American fiction.

I had a bit of a nostalgia-fest when I re-read The Fellowship of the Ring (again). I’m hoping to continue with The Two Towers in the summer. I’m embracing a lot of the fantasy I read when younger, so in the future I’ll probably be ploughing through a lot of 80s and 90s fantasy novels. I’ve got some David Gemmell books to go through at some point as well.

There’s a great feeling about those old novels: even the typography, and the slightly faded paper, just feels so comforting – though I’m not strictly reading for comfort. I find myself browsing old fantasy artwork as well. I think I’m trying to capture that thrill of reading from an earlier time.

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About Mark Newton

Born in 1981, live in the UK. I write about strange things.