A few years ago I took out a subscription to The Good Book Guide, and that was money well spent because countless issues later I still find an enormous amount of good reading featured within its pages, and its reviews have led me to many excellent books. Some time later, I got the opportunity to write for the Guide; I continue to do so every month and I recently filed my 250th. review for the magazine.
As a reader, though, what I love about it is not just the range of books covered in every issue, although that is pleasingly wide, but the clear and concise nature of the reviews; they do what I try to do here, that is get to the heart of a book - its subject matter and what makes it worth reading - in just a few sentences. Tell me succinctly what a book is about and what's good about it, and I'll just as quickly decide whether it's one I want to read; it's that sort of essential summary I want from any literary publication, and the Guide, which in addition includes book extracts, author interviews and editor's choice features, provides it in stylish form.
The Guide has recently launched a new website and has taken to social media with both a Facebook page and a Twitter account. Do have a look, 'like' and follow should you wish to, and perhaps consider subscribing because even in these days of multitudinous book blogs and websites, The Good Book Guide is a very good guide to good books.