2019 – a year of reading and the Dust Lounge Awards

My round up of the books I’ve read in 2019 – including some of the year’s most hard-hitting book awards, such as “Best zombie kangaroo of the year” and “Smartest spiders of the year”.

5 dystopian fictions to brighten up your day

Trump in charge of America.


Boris Johnson looking after the UK’s foreign affairs.

A ‘loose woman’ won Celebrity Big Brother.

You’d be forgiven for thinking we don’t need any dystopian fictions to liven up our day to day wanderings – after watching the news perhaps we’re all bleaked out. But perhaps that’s exactly why we do need them.

On reading: The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp

Title: The Last Days of Jack Sparks

Author: Jason Arnopp

From the back: It was no secret that journalist Jack Sparks had been researching the occult for his new book. No stranger to controversy, he’d already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed.

Belated best reads of 2016

Belated posts and a quieter than intended Dust Lounge in part due to excitement over kittens, then tears over the sad loss of one of them. I won’t be dwelling on it here. Suffice to say there was much unexpected sadness over the festive season, and little Mole will be missed. Thankfully Diesel is doing really, very well, and he is such a warm heart in the home. So, on to cheerier things – it’s time to catch up on some of the bookish wordage I’ve been meaning to post about, and without further ado, welcome to the official belated…

On reading: The Sheriff by Simon Fairbanks

Title: The Sheriff

Author: Simon Fairbanks

From the back: The Sheriffs wander the clouds to keep peace across Nephos.

Sheriff Denebola is recruited by young Toby to help rid his village of a winged demon. The demon has tormented the people of Angel’s Keep every night for the past week so Denebola vows to capture the creature.

On reading: The Garden by James Kester

Title: The Garden

Author: James Kester

From the back: Throughout human history, the peddlers of certainty have reigned supreme. When Galileo first cast doubt about the place of the Earth within the cosmos, he was condemned . . . Either you believed that God’s Eden was the garden of all life, or you were a heretic.