As many of you already know, I work at my local public library, a job that I love just as much as I love writing. It was wonderful to combine these two sides of me for an article on Library Card Sign Up Month!
Stress-Free Book Blogging: 7 Personal Tips
I think we can all agree that before starting book blogging, we had no idea how time-consuming it would turn out to be! As well as actually reading books and writing posts, there are social media platforms to manage, photos to take, websites to design and emails demanding responses. It's no wonder that many bloggers (myself among them!) have found themselves getting overwhelmed. Over four years of book blogging, I've developed a number of strategies focussed on keeping me sane above making my blog uber-successful! I thought I would collect these tips together into an ultimate guide to stress-free book blogging...
10 Things I Learned from Studying Literature
Hi everyone - I'm back!!! I took a hiatus for the past few months as things got pretty intense while I was finishing my English Literature degree. I've now submitted my last assignments and I'm really looking forward to getting back into book blogging, and catching up on all of your lovely posts!
For the first post of my return, I wanted to share the 10 most important things I learnt from studying literature...
Book Awards: Love Them or Loathe Them? Join the Debate!
For our December meeting, my book club had the theme 'Best of 2020' and voted on an award-winning book to read. We ended up choosing Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams which won the British Book Award - I loved it and you can read my review here! However, the time I spent trawling through different book award shortlists to put our poll together got me thinking - do book awards really matter?
5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do at Your Local Library (from a library assistant!) Magazine Article
“And besides, libraries aren't just about books. They are one of the few public spaces we have left which don't like our wallets more than us.”
― Matt Haig, Notes on a Nervous Planet
Libraries are a much-loved haven for so many of us book bloggers, but they are about so much more than books as well. They offer key services and provide a vibrant space that everyone in the community is welcome to enjoy.
The best way you can support your local library is to use it! With that in mind, this articles gives you just a few ideas for how to make the most of the services on offer.
To DNF or Not to DNF? Join the Debate!
I actually can't remember the last time I DNFed a book. In fairness, a lot of the books I read are for my degree modules so kind of require me to power through, but even when reading for pleasure I tend to cling on until the bitter end.
Over the years since I started blogging, I have noticed that so many other book bloggers aren't afraid to call it a day if they're not hooked after x number of chapters. This has got me thinking - could becoming a more ruthless DNFer improve my reading life?
A Photographic Tribute to Old Books
On holiday with my family in the Lake District, we stayed in a wing of a beautiful old house. It boasted a reading room packed with antique books and furniture that took my breath away! Needless to say, my parents had a little trouble dragging me away to actually see the lakes. I couldn't resist sharing some of my most amazing finds with you...
Archive Nostalgia: Fulfil your Summer Reading Goals – Tailored Recommendations!
With many people embarking on summer reading challenges this year, such as the 20 Books of Summer hosted by Cathy @ 746 Books, I thought I would bring back this feature from the archives. If you're looking to reach some reading goals over summer, hopefully, this will provide you with some inspiration!
The weather is getting warmer, the evenings lighter, the trees are blossoming – summer is definitely on its way! I don’t know about you, but whether I’m on holiday or just relaxing in the garden, summer is the time when I get to read most out of any time of year. But have you thought about what you’re aiming to achieve with your reading this summer? Do you want to feel more well-read by perusing some classics, or do you fancy something a little lighter to help you relax on the beach? The tailored recommendations below will help you to fulfil your summer reading goals, whatever they may be!