Reading Lately – The Lido, Eleanor & Park and Drums of Autumn

Looming school holidays and a huge to-do list mean that this month’s reading update is going to be a quick one. Conveniently, the size of September’s reading pile – in common with this week’s blogging window – was small, due in part to my marathon reading efforts in finishing War and Peace and Les Miserables…

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Summer Reading – Les Misérables and War and Peace

This summer I set myself a little reading challenge: to read Les Misérables and War and Peace over the course of the holidays. Not quite your standard summer beach fare, more Gail vs almost 3000 pages of tightly woven text. I was determined to give both books a try after being mesmerised by the BBC…

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Reading Lately – June 2019

June has been a unusual month for me in that I’ve probably spent more time watching TV and movies than I have on reading. What sort of sacrilege is this?  you may well ask book lovers – in my defence, there has been some very good TV on offer lately (more on this in my next instalment of Little Loves, next week). I’ve also…

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Reading Lately – April and May 2019

* This post contains a gifted item. I didn’t do a reading round up last month, thanks to the time I spent enjoying a digital detox in April. That means I have a bumper load of books to get through this time, covering both April and May (and the tiniest little bit of June). People often…

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Reading Lately – March 2019

March is always a busy month for me as it plays host to both our kids’ birthdays, which means time spent making party plans, baking cakes and generally having a lovely time with family. It also means a little less time for reading, so my bookish pile this month is slightly lighter than the norm. We have the school holidays…

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Reading Lately – February 2019 (*contains gifted items)

February, hmm? Where did that month go? After the never-ending weeks that are January, the second month of the year always seems to disappear quite literally in a blink. A shorter month means a few less books than normal, but quality not quantity and all that, and my reading material for the month has been nothing short…

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Reading Lately – January 2019

January, eh? Possibly the longest month ever. Also a great excuse to hunker down with the books of an evening and close the door on the dark and wintry nights. A reformed winter-phobe myself, these days I love the opportunity to partake in all things cosy inside (good weather brings so much more pressure to be out…

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My Ten Favourite Books of 2018 *

*Ok, twelve – I’m indecisive. At this point in December, it’s become something of a tradition for me to share my ten favourite books from the year that’s about to leave us. I should really do it a little closer to the New Year, but to be honest, over the festive period, I like to…

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Reading Lately – November 2018

After October’s school holiday-fuelled reading binge, November has been a quieter month for me on the reading front. A combination of life, writing (and my library reservations slowing down a bit), has meant I haven’t got through nearly as many books as the last few months might have led you to expect. I’ve been dipping…

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The Book That Changed My Life

As it’s Book Week Scotland this week, I thought I’d devote a post to one of my all-time favourite novels. I first read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton in my early days of High School, and without getting too melodramatic here, I’d go so far as to say it completely changed my life. Although I’d…

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