Tag: Reading

My Reading Recommendations: Historical Fiction

My Reading Recommendations: Historical Fiction

I’ve already posted my reading recommendations for my all time favourite genre – fantasy – so I thought it was about time I covered another of my favourite genres: historical fiction! I’ve always been something of a history nerd, so it really isn’t surprising that I love historical fiction, but I think there are so many great stories out there that you don’t even need to be overly interested in history to love historical fiction. Depending on the type of historical fiction you read they can be beautiful literary masterpieces, sweeping romances or epic tales of action and adventure. There’s… Read more »

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Life Lately #46

Life Lately #46

Last month’s Life Lately post was pretty doom-and-gloomy, what with the world having seemingly gone up in flames over the course of 2020, and this month the world is still much the same in that sense. But on a personal level, this has been a really amazing month! In fact, I have some pretty huge news: my boyfriend Jay and I got engaged! To be honest, we’ve been saying for a long time that we’re both basically in this for life, and have kind of known we would get married…but we’ve officially formalised it, just in time for our fifth… Read more »

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Life Lately #43

Life Lately #43

I don’t have a huge amount of things to report this month, since the UK is officially in lockdown, and so obviously I haven’t really done anything other than go to work, and then stay home. But needless to say, things are still crazy and scary in the world, and like so many others, I can’t wait for things to get back to normal (or whatever the new normal will be!). It’s horrible knowing that no one knows when that is going to be though, especially as I can’t see my family in person until then. But at least we… Read more »

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Life Lately #42

Life Lately #42

So this months Life Lately post is pretty late, but I have been so hopeless at blogging these past few months! And considering how crazy things have been and how the world seems to have randomly gone to hell this past month, I haven’t really been in the mood. On a personal note, I haven’t really done anything of note this past month. I’d say I’ve just been staying at home other than going to work because of all the panic, but to be honest I’ve always been pretty anti-social! In terms of how things are in the UK right… Read more »

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How My Reading Has Changed Over The Past Decade

How My Reading Has Changed Over The Past Decade

I know it’s been the new decade for nearly a month now, but I still wanted to discuss how the past decade saw a complete change in my reading life. I started out the 10s (is that what we’re calling them?) as a teenager who had lost their childhood love of reading somewhere along the way, and I’m ending it as an avid reader, who reads more widely than I ever would have thought. So here’s a bit of a timeline of my reading life over the past decade: 2010 – 2013 At the beginning of the decade, I was… Read more »

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Life Lately #40

Life Lately #40

January is here, and the festive season is all over and done with. Maybe it’s just me, but does anyone else find it all quite anticlimactic? I mean there’s such a huge build-up to Christmas and New Year, and then you get to January and just feel like…well, that’s over. And before you know it, everything is back to normal, and it feels like nothing ever happened. Don’t get me wrong, I had a really lovely Christmas. As per tradition, my boyfriend and I got up and opened presents, and then headed down to my parents’ house for a delicious… Read more »

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Life Lately #39

Life Lately #39

November seems to have just passed in a blur! It’s been such a busy month, yet super unproductive at the same time. Most of the month has been taken up with work, as I’ve been doing a fair bit of overtime in the run up to Christmas (I’m a postwoman, so as you can imagine, Christmas gets hectic, what with all those Christmas cards and parcels to deliver!). It’s all good, because I really do need the extra money so I can finally get my Christmas shopping underway (yes, it’s the 8th December and I have bought one thing so… Read more »

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The Benefits of Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

The Benefits of Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

I know for me, my reading comfort zone has always been fantasy. The dragons, the swords, the battles, the heroes (or even better: anti-heroes!), and devilish villains…I love all that stuff, and there’s a sense of coming home when I dig into a fantasy novel. And I think we all have that reading comfort zone, a genre or type of book that we return to over and over because it’s familiar. It’s reliably enjoyable, so why would we stray from it? Well, because there are in fact benefits to occasionally reading outside your comfort zone. I know, because I’ve really… Read more »

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5 Early Signs I’m Going To Love A Book

5 Early Signs I’m Going To Love A Book

Sometimes books can take a few chapters to get into, but other times, it’s love-at-first-page…and those books usually end up being some of my favourites! Yes, there’s been the odd slow-starter that I’ve ended up loving in the end (Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier, for example), but most of my favourite reads have started out strong. So here’s a few early signs that I’m probably going to love a book: I immediately click with the characters. Most of my favourite books are my favourites because I loved the characters so much (Harry Potter, Six of Crows etc.), so… Read more »

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How To Survive Reading A Long Book

How To Survive Reading A Long Book

I love long books, and getting lost in a sprawling, epic story that goes on and on…but I don’t read them all that often. In fact long books (let’s say books over 800 pages) are generally the ones on my TBR that I put off the longest, no matter how much I want to read them. And there’s a simple reason for that: they take so damn long to read! If I start reading a long book and find that I’m even slightly not in the mood to read it, it ends up taking me an eternity to get through…. Read more »

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