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9 Ways to Read More Books

You want to read more? Perfect. So, how exactly do you do it? Make it a habit. As with any habit you wish to pursue, you should schedule time for reading.

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Blackberry and Wild Rose by Sonia Velton

Author: Sonia Velton Published: January 2019 Pages: 416 Rating: 5 stars Historical fiction wins my heart once again. The cover art for this alone was enough to make me fall head over heels in love with this book.  Blackberry and Wild Rose is an atmospheric novel set in Spitalfields, a…

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Outside by Sarah Ann Juckes

Outside follows the story of Ele, who is held captive in a small room by a man known as ‘Him’. Ele is determined to prove there is a world Outside. And when she finds a hole in the wall, the proof starts leaking in.

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The 10 Best Books I Read This Year

Aside from my lack of non-fiction reads, I read an array of genres across 2018. So, although it was difficult whittling them down I thought I’d share the 10 best books I read this year.

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Autumn Wrap-Up: What I’ve Read Recently

Like everyone else, I’m baffled as to how quick this year has gone. As we approach the end of the year, I’m looking back on a few of my new year’s resolutions. Despite having failed to achieve most (guess I’ll try to learn Japanese next year), one of my resolutions…

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Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

I was actually going to save this review for an overall ‘what I’ve been reading lately’ styled post, sharing a brief overview of a few books I’ve read recently. However, after the story captivating me from the beginning with its whimsical story-telling and its compelling characters, I had to dedicate…

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Odd One Out by Nic Stone

Author: Nic Stone          Published: 2018           Pages: 304           Rating: 5 stars   Odd One Out is a coming-of-age story which explores friendship, love and self-discovery. Through her telling of the story, Nic Stone triumphs with her representation of race and sexuality, the complex nature…

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September Wrap-Up

My first couple of weeks in Madrid have been a whirlwind: moving into a 16 person flat, starting my teaching job, winding up lost in the Spanish streets. I won’t ramble on, but feel free to read more about my first week here. Shameless plug aside, I’ve finally found some…

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The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

“We’re going to survive–our songs, our stories. They’ll never be able to forget us. Decades after the last man who fought at Troy is dead, their sons will remember the songs their Trojan mothers sang to them. We’ll be in their dreams–and in their worst nightmares too.” Author: Pat Barker…

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August Wrap-Up

September 1st marks the first day of meteorological Autumn meaning the jumpers are out, the rain is pouring and we might finally stop seeing middle-aged men take to the streets topless as soon as they catch a glimpse of some British sunshine. Although to be honest, as someone who is…

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