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Welcome to Why I Really Like This Book, a podcast series about books that ought not to be forgotten. The podcasts were written, recorded and edited by me, Kate Macdonald, from 2011 to 2014 in a house in Brussels. I'm an English lecturer and an lifelong rummager in second-hand bookshops, and I write a lot about books, so podcasts was an enjoyable way to talk about what I was reading.

The intro music is by The Tribe Band, and the illustration is by Harriet Marsh.

In 2014 I stopped recording podcasts and moved to That's my personal site where I post information about my books and articles, the research I do, and where I post book reviews twice a week. Many of the reviews are the scripts for the podcasts, so I keep this excellent Libsyn site going so anyone passing by can listen to three or more years of podcasts. One day I may start recording again.

revisit these podcasts as blogs

Dec 26, 2014

I'm changing media, moving the podcasts into book blogs, so you can read what I think about the books that I really, really like on The beauty of a blogsite is that I can recycle the scripts from the podcasts, so look out for those too, part of the same blogroll, probably once a week. You can follow...

Dec 12, 2014

It's the last Harry Potter book, and what a finale. All ends tied up, nothing flapping loose, all deaths accounted for, grudges paid off, revenges taken, and people growing up. For readers who like to see the workings exposed and a story told well.

Nov 28, 2014

The gloom increases in Hary Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and there are devious dark doings in Voldemort's camp for us to worry about as well. Horcruxes become especially tricky. Ginny and Harry become an item. Bellatrix does a lot of shrieking stroppy. The tension gets strenuous.

Nov 14, 2014

It just gets gloomier as the Ministry of Magic gets more authoritarian. The Order of the Phoenix is part teenage angst festival, and part 1984 with wands. Everything that could go wrong when teenagers are left to sort the world out nearly does. For extra depression: the world's worst first kiss ever.  But the book is...

Oct 31, 2014

The biggest, the most dangerous, the emotionally tormenting so far, The Goblet of Fire is where Ron starts getting stroppy, Harry gets butterflies in his stomach, and Cedric doesn't do so well. It's a massive novel, and the subtext is very politically dark.