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Why I’m diving into Camp NaNoWriMo with zero preparation

Every year, I find myself wandering over to the NaNoWriMo website and getting really excited. Maybe this year is the year I'll get involved, I think to myself. And then, inevitably, I put it off. I don't have time to write 50,000 words in a month. I don't have an idea. I haven't done any… Continue reading Why I’m diving into Camp NaNoWriMo with zero preparation

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The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry – 3 minute review

I love the quote at the beginning of this book from Michel de Montaigne: If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I. It sums up the relationship between Cora Seaborne, a recently widowed woman from London, and William Ransome,… Continue reading The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry – 3 minute review

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Why have kids? 3 books that helped me solve “the baby dilemma”

I haven't always been enamoured with the idea of having kids and, to be honest, I'm still not sure I am! But when the topic came to the forefront, I did what I always do - I looked to books for guidance! I had a lot of concerns when my husband and I first had our… Continue reading Why have kids? 3 books that helped me solve “the baby dilemma”

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What I’m reading and why I’ve been away so long…

After two months of no blogging, I'm finally sitting down to write! One of my resolutions for this year was to write on this blog more regularly, and I fell flat on my face with this one for the last two months! I've barely read anything, and I certainly was in no mood to blog… Continue reading What I’m reading and why I’ve been away so long…

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Reading Challenges Update – Read Harder Challenge and #TakeControlThon

Mega-delayed update on how this year's reading challenges are going! Please let me know how yours are going too, and if there are any others I might like to take part in - I love hearing about how other readers are challenging themselves! Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge - two more books down! Life's been… Continue reading Reading Challenges Update – Read Harder Challenge and #TakeControlThon

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3 minute review – The Girls by Emma Cline

Having heard a lot about The Girls, I thought I would really love it, and not just because everybody else seems to love it. I'm English, I was born in the 80s and I'm therefore not particularly familiar with the events surrounding Charles Manson in the 60s. But it sounded fascinating - lots of potential… Continue reading 3 minute review – The Girls by Emma Cline

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Book club commitment-phobes – 5 other ways to engage with fellow book lovers

Just can't bring yourself to join a book club? There are other ways to connect with other bookish folks, it doesn't all have to be so formal! I'm kind of in love with the idea of book clubs - I envisage myself and a group of like-minded individuals, sitting in a cosy pub, drinking real… Continue reading Book club commitment-phobes – 5 other ways to engage with fellow book lovers

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Anxiety and stress: are books a help or a hindrance?

As someone who has suffered from anxiety in varying degrees for the past 4 years, I've been reflecting on the part books have played in changing my mental state - and it's brought me to some surprising realisations. For as long as I can remember, reading has always been a great comfort to me. I… Continue reading Anxiety and stress: are books a help or a hindrance?

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Read Harder Challenge 2017 – February update

  I'm two books down in the 2017 Read Harder Challenge, and I'm feeling pretty good about it so far... I've always loved this challenge, but have been notoriously bad at never finishing it - I'm hoping 2017 is the year I change that! I never plan my reading out as I have to be… Continue reading Read Harder Challenge 2017 – February update