Portal to the Pages

A quick glimpse into my thoughts on various fiction

Should You Read More?

I came across a blog post recently on How to Read More and the title intrigued me. Upon reading the post, it set me thinking about my reading habits.

I would consider myself an avid reader; I am rarely not in the middle of one book or another. However, I found myself disagreeing with a lot of the points made in the above article. The author suggests that reading is something that everyone should do (no arguments here), that you should crack open a book at every possibility (what if I get interrupted?) and that you should keep all your books for re-reading and reference (sounds a bit overwhelming!). Read the rest of this entry »

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Into the Darkest Corner – Elizabeth Haynes

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Into the Darkest Corner

Into the Darkest Corner is a dark, intricate, psychological thriller that will give you more than just pause for thought. It deals with a number of weighty topics such as domestic violence, mental illness, and the concept of justice. For that reason it’s probably not a lightweight holiday read, but a fantastic read nonetheless. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fat Girl Fairy Boy – Carol McConkie

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Fat Girl Fairy Boy

I didn’t know anything about Fat Girl Fairy Boy before I read it, but I felt like I had been reading a lot of sci-fi and fantasy books lately and wanted something set in our world for a change. This really helped to remind me that a good book doesn’t necessarily have to be in a fantastical setting for me to enjoy it!
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Killing Floor – Lee Child

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Killing Floor

Having previously gone to see Jack Reacher in the cinema, and enjoyed it, I was interested in checking out the books that the movie was based upon. After waiting for the hype to die down (the books had numerous reservations against them in my library), I finally got my hands on the first book in the series (which I should point out is not the story that was portrayed in the movie). Read the rest of this entry »

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The Cat’s Table – Michael Ondaatje

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The Cat’s Table

This is a book that I was quite looking forward to reading as it had received a lot of strong, positive feedback from numerous credible sources. It was also a present from my dad and, as I’ve mentioned before, he rarely steers me wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

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Timeline – Michael Crichton

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Timeline

I recently went on a short break and decided the night before my flight left that I wanted to bring a new book with me to read. A quick glance at my library’s eBook collection resulted in my selection of Timeline by Michael Crichton, on the basis that he had written Jurassic Park and, as far as I could remember, I liked that so I’d probably like this too. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Secret Child – Marti Healy

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The Secret Child

The Secret Child is quite a short book, coming in at only 196 pages, however it should not be dismissed as lacking in content. This was another one of those books where I had never heard of the author or the book beforehand, so it was a little bit of a risk but I am so glad I took a chance on it! Read the rest of this entry »

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Men at Arms – Terry Pratchett

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Men at Arms

Before I discuss Men at Arms in any detail, I must first point out that this is a Discworld novel. For those of you unfamiliar with the series, it is a series populated by numerous unrelated stories, all set in the same world. There are often recurring places and characters, such as the character of Death who is always brilliant. When you pick up a Discworld novel, you should expect some of the same themes to occur; self-referential humour, the existence of numerous non-human species (trolls, dwarfs, etc.), magic and all-in-all entertaining characters. Read the rest of this entry »

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On the Topic of eBooks

First of all, I would like to start by pointing out that this is not a review of any particular book. I have come to the conclusion that I have to make a decision between either posting regularly or posting only book reviews. With the time constraints of college, I’m not reading as quickly or as much as I would like so it’s not realistic for me to continue to post a review a week. Therefore, I have decided that I will start including some posts about related topics, the first of which is about my opinion of eBooks. Read the rest of this entry »

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Retrospective: The Night Watch – Sergei Lukyanenko

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The Night Watch

I originally read The Night Watch about five or six years ago, but I never got around to reading the full series. My brother recently gave me the final book in the series, which prompted me to start from the beginning and reread The Night Watch before checking out any of the other books. Read the rest of this entry »

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