When blogging for BOOKMARK I usually read and review books by each of the authors attending that year’s festival. And these are always books I would never think of picking out for myself!
I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but I often find that I do. Choosing a book this way usually works very well for me. However, I realise this is definitely because I tend to pick novels that fall within my two favourite genres; Sci-Fi and Fantasy. It’s the literary equivalent of going out to a coffee shop with the intention of trying something new but settling for the same old cappuccino that you always get.
For a long time, I have maintained the ‘fact’ that I am not a fan of any other genre outside of Sci-Fi and Fantasy. BUT (and this is a big but) every time I have been given books to read and review for BOOKMARK I have been proven wrong. I like to think I’m not a crime fiction fan and yet I thoroughly enjoyed reading Alex Gray’s novel Keep the Midnight Out and more recently, Douglas Skelton’s Thunder Bay. I would never have even heard of Geoff Hill’s motorcycling adventure Way To Go had it not been for BOOKMARK and boy would I have missed out. I definitely recommend you go and find yourselves a copy!
BOOKMARK’s theme this year is ‘Go With the Flow’ and when it comes to choosing a book to read, this couldn’t be a more appropriate motto. Often, the books that have surprised me the most, the stories that have stayed with me the longest, are the ones that took me outside of my literary comfort zone. Going with the flow is about trying new things. If you’re recommended a book you’re unsure about, just read it! Chances are you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Why not apply ‘Go with the Flow’ to the author talks this year at BOOKMARK? You could try sitting in on a talk by an author you know nothing about and end up discovering a new favourite. Better yet, why not join me and have a go at reading a novel by each author attending BOOKMARK 2019, even if they aren’t books you would normally choose for yourself.
‘Go With the Flow’ means discovering new things. It means not settling for that same old cappuccino you usually get. Go on. Try something new.
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