Spring and Early Summer Reading – I Am An Island, Where The Crawdads Sing, Wintering & True North

It’s been some time since I shared a reading post on the blog, the result of a slowing-down of my motivation for putting finger to keyboard and sending words out into the blogosphere. In the background, I’ve been absorbing the words of other authors, and it’s rare for a day to pass without me picking…

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Lockdown and January Reading (*contains gifted item)

One positive of these last few months in lockdown (and I think we really do have to seek out the good now and then, don’t we?) has been the chance to devote more time to reading. Reading can be such an escape from the realities of our current situation (even if, like me, you occasionally…

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My Ten Favourite Books of 2020 – And What I’ve Been Reading Lately

At around this point in December, I usually like to round up my ten favourite books of the year, in no particular order, and with the caveat that the list refers to the year of reading rather than the year of publication. However, 2020 has been a year like no other, and between Covid, lockdown…

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Summer Reading 2020 (includes gifted items)

It’s been some time since I shared a reading update on here, between lockdown and taking a break for the school holidays. I’ve also found that (sob!) my bookish posts aren’t as popular as some of the other posts I write here – sadly there’s that effort-reward balance in terms of deciding how much time…

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Reading Lately – Looking for Alaska, A Monster Calls, The Wisdom of Wolves & Red, White and Royal Blue

Happy World Book Day book fans! And what better excuse to share my latest reading round up? A stormy month of weather here in Caithness meant that February was a perfect month for reading, and I spent many a wintry evening curled up with my nose in a library book (in truth, my very favourite…

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Reading Lately – The Art of Coorie, Monster Slayer, The Salt Path and Finding Mr Flood (* post contains one gifted item)

It’s been a while since I shared a reading update, mainly because December was spent deciding on my favourite books from the twelve months previous. Meanwhile, January just keeps going… and going… and going ☺️. One of my favourite things about the long winter is the excuse to curl up with my reading pile and…

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My Ten Favourite Books of 2019

It’s become customary at this point in December for me to share a round up of my ten favourite books of the year (usual caveats apply – in no particular order, year of reading as opposed to year of publication – if you’ve been following for a while you’ll know the story 🙂 ). It’s…

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Reading Lately – You, City of Girls, Jane Eyre and Book Week Scotland

* Please note this post contains a gifted item.* It’s been a while since I shared one of my reading posts, and with one thing and another I seem to have fallen out of the habit of posting monthly updates. Half term holidays and playing catch up means that this post covers my reading pile…

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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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