Summer is over, and it’s natural to feel a bit sad at the departure of balmy days and evenings that stay light and warm till late. But autumn brings its own delights – the glorious colours of the turning leaves, the crisp sunny days, and of course, for you inveterate readers, the shortening days bringing long cosy evenings curled up with a book. And where better to start planning those delightfully indulgent times than with a browse of what our Shiny reviewers have recommended for your pleasure.
As always, the largest section in this 12th issue is Fiction, and there’s lots here to enjoy. But one of our strengths, we like to think, is our other three sections, and in this issue Non-Fiction and Reprints are particularly full and varied. And then of course there’s BookBuzz, our pride and joy, allowing for a full exploration of everything from publishing to Q&As to personal views of books and reading.
And in case you need encouraging (which of course you don’t) here’s what Norah Ephron said about reading:
Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.
Enjoy Shiny 12, and enjoy the books!
Happy Reading from the Shiny Eds
Harriet, Annabel, Victoria, and Simon