Partly due to B returning from his stint abroad, and partly due to my lack of enthusiasm for social media at the moment, I have been returning to reading in a big way. Honestly, I don’t think there’s anything better for the sanity (apart from perhaps walking through woodland as the leaves fall like snowflakes around you… right autumn enthusiasts?!). Below I’ve shared a few … Continue reading On my bookshelf: Summer into autumn
As much as I love spending hours tapping stories on here, there’s something to be said for the ‘insta-blog’. I see these a lot on other websites; swift tales that are more like diary entries than fully-fledged articles. So I thought I might do something similar and start a series called short & sweet, which will basically be a place for my Friday night ramblings and wee life updates. … Continue reading Short and sweet: Happy weekend!
To me, there is nothing more self-indulgent and introspective than reading. It’s a selfish and complete escape. It has nothing to do with work, no bearing on my blog (which, really, is another form of work) nor does it involve other people and their unpredictable behaviour (I say this flippantly, of course). It’s just you, paper, words, and pure imagination. As we come into autumn, … Continue reading On my bookshelf: Three for dark nights
Do you ever go through periods where regular reading becomes a memory? A nice thing you used to do when you had a spare half hour in the evenings, or a quiet weekend? I’ve hit that paper wall. With work ramping up, Saturdays filled with events and precious time with the partner only just squashed in… well, there hasn’t been much time for words. I … Continue reading On my bookshelf: Spooky and self-help spring reads
If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I am utterly obsessed with books. The promise of an unopened story, the smell of a fresh page (yes, I’m a book sniffer) and the great weight of a serious tome (much more satisfying than a Kindle). In the past few months — since I’ve started a ‘real job’ — I’ve let my blog fester a … Continue reading On my bookshelf: February loves
Three things have happened since I left university. First, I’ve rediscovered my love of literature. Thriller, chick-lit, literary fiction… I don’t care what genre it is; if it’s good, I’ll devour it. There’s no lecturer looking over my shoulder in disdain at what tome is open on my lap. It’s utter book freedom, and it’s great. Second, I actually have the time to read. Now I’m … Continue reading On my bookshelf: New favourites
Here’s a little flashback to the books I adored during one of my final terms at Glasgow University. My focus that semester was American women’s writing and Occupation France, as you’ll see from the reading list below. If you’ve read any of these books, let me know what you thought of them in the comments below. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott – I have fond … Continue reading On my bookshelf: Winter reads