Top Ten Tuesday – Characters I'd Follow on Social Media

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana @thatartsyreadergirl. This week’s theme is characters I’d follow on social media.

I’ve been so excited about this week’s theme and have really enjoyed putting this post together! Me and Joe spent an enjoyable hour discussing what different characters would post on their social media and what platform they would choose. I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with!

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Musings on Music #1: Bombay Bicycle Club, The Big Moon & Gig Review

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I originally started this blog so that I had a space to write about the things I love, particularly books and music. Now, it is safe to say that I have definitely spent more time talking about reading than I have about listening. Despite this, music has always been a huge part of my life. From growing up with a music-obsessed Dad to spending the wages from my first job on concert and festival tickets, Joe and I now live in a house where records have taken the place of a television. I decided it was finally time to give the music I’ve been listening to the space that it deserves. February seemed a better place than ever to start as I went to my first gig in over a year and one of my favourite bands released a new album.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana @thatartsyreadergirl. This week’s theme is characters I’d follow on social media.

Happy Tuesday everyone! Hope your week is going well and you’ve managed to find some time to sit down, relax and read. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is ‘books that have given you a book hangover’. We all know that feeling when you put down a great book and suddenly nothing else compares. A mixture of melancholy, nostalgia and disappointment that its over, a book hangover can usually only be cured with a page-turner or an old favourite. If I’m honest I do tend to have quite high standards when it comes to books, with only a handful receiving five stars each year. It takes a lot for a book to give me a book hangover and so this list isn’t a full ten, rather a select few that I can honestly say left me wishing I could read them for the first time all over again.

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February Mid-Month Catch-Up!

It isn’t quite the middle of the month yet, but as we are sneaking up on the half-way point I decided to write a little mid-month wrap-up all about what has been going on. February has been an exciting month thus far with a first birthday party for Ruairi and the arrival of another special little nephew called Lukas! This has meant me and Joe have spent a lot of time in Liverpool, visiting family and generally having a lovely time.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Love: Chatting to My Boyfriend About Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana @thatartsyreadergirl. This week’s theme is characters I’d follow on social media.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is a freebie based around the topic of ‘Love’. Our household is definitely a bookish one, and as we don’t own a TV we spend a lot of our evenings reading on the couch. I therefore decided that for this week’s theme I would ask my boyfriend, Joe, ten bookish questions about the books and characters that he loves. This is what he came up with…

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The Novels That Shaped Our World #MyReadingLife

Last year BBC Arts asked a panel of leading writers, curators and critics to come together and create a list of 100 books that impacted their lives, kicking off a year long programme of events in libraries across the UK. Marking the anniversary of the landmark publication of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe in 1719, the programme aims to celebrate the English language novel and the ways in which it has shaped our world. Divided into ten categories, the 100-title list is diverse and wide-ranging, although arguably eurocentric in its exclusion of translated literature. Encouraging readers across the country to join the conversation using the hashtag #MyReadingLife, BBC Arts aims to start a discussion about how books influence our thinking. You can find the full list of titles chosen by the panel here.

This is a blog post that I have been meaning to write ever since watching the BBC Arts launch last year, but couldn’t decide on a list that I felt truly reflected the novels that have shaped my world. After much deliberation, I eventually came up with the following ten books…

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