Payday!! 

Hi guys,

This will be a very brief post so I will get straight to the point.

It’s Finally payday! My final pay before Christmas and I know I must use this wage to spoil the boyf and family over the holidays but I am determined to treat myself too. I’m going to buy myself some new books and this is where you come in.
I would love some recommendations. Whether they’re new or old, I want to know what your favourite and current reads are. What do you think should I read before Christmas?

I’m opening it up to you! Comment on this post, message me on twitter or even ask for my email and send me a huge list. I don’t mind. It would be great to have the input of others.

Lucy xx

(P.S HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I’ll be thinking of all of you over in the US as you stuff  yourselves full of turkey and pie. Sending all my love!)

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Is it just me?

Hi guys,

So as of late I have had to commute to work by train. Usually, I would moan about having to get out of bed earlier than normal, especially with the dark, cold mornings that we’ve been experiencing lately. However, the opportunity to read for at least an extra hour and a half a day makes catching the train totally acceptable. That and the Starbucks I can pick up as I leave the train station. (Red cup season is the best! I love my eggnog lattes.)

Today I started my commute to work with a new book. It’s a book that has been recommended to me by a friend. She adores the story so much she wrote her undergrad dissertation on it.

I have always believed that starting a new book is a magical experience. Being swept away on a new adventure with enthralling characters is one of the reasons I love reading so much, and it is those first few chapters that help a person invest themselves into the story.

Every so often, instances arise where I start a new book and I find it extremely difficult to get into the story. I won’t be able to relate to the characters or I won’t be able to concentrate on the new journey that the author is taking us on. Sadly, when this happens, I find that my mind wanders and I begin to think about real life problems. For example, I create a weekend to do list that is as long as my arm and all the jobs need completing before I return to work the following Monday. This also helps me avoid picking the book back up.

It is these occurrences that stir up sever feelings of guilt. I feel guilty towards both the person who has recommended the book to me and the author for not experiencing their adventure the way they wanted. Most often than not, I will attempt to complete the book. However, while attempting to read the new book today I came to the conclusion that I’m really going to struggle completing this story.

It has been a while since I have been in this situation. I believe the last time I felt I was unable to complete a book was during my master’s degree. I was studying James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ and the book was placed on my bookshelf as soon as I had completed the assignment. I’m pretty sure I chose a topic to discuss that would allow me to stop reading the book three quarters of the way through. (I regret nothing; my brain shuts of completely when Joyce’s work is thrust in my direction).

Today, on my journey home from work, while I attempted to read the novel my mind drifted to me creating this post. I began to think of how guilty I feel when I cannot complete a book. So, I was wondering how many others experience the same feelings.

Do you feel guilty if you cannot totally invest yourself into a new story? Do your feelings strengthen if it has been recommended to you by a close friend who loves the story? Do you experience any other emotions if you are unable to complete a book?

I’m super intrigued!

Let me know how you feel in this situation.

 

Lucy xx

 

What am I reading 21/11/16

Hi Guys,

During my teacher training year I struggled profusely with finding the time to read for enjoyment. My reading list was as long as my bedroom wall and all of the books and articles I had to read were about how to create the perfect lesson plan or how to include equality and diversity into my lessons. It is safe to say I didn’t get to read many books of my choosing.

It is now the middle of November and after several month of rereading some of my favourite classics, ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘Northanger Abbey’ and ‘1984’ to name but I few, I’ve decide now is the time to start reading books that I have not yet read.

A close friend of mine thrust the classic ‘Rebecca’ by Dame Daphne du Maurie in my hand several months ago demanding that I read it. It is her favourite book and she was extremely determined to get me to read it before the year is out. She will be pleased to find out that I finally picked up the book yesterday to read. Fingers crossed I enjoy it as much as she did.

I’m also jumping on the ‘Red Queen’ bandwagon. Yes, I am aware that the hype revolving around Victoria Aveyard’s series was a long time ago and I’m extremely late to the party but like I’ve previously stated, over the past or so I’ve been super busy.  Everyone I have spoken to about this book read it as soon as it was released and have nothing but good things to say about it. It’s one series I am looking forward to starting in the upcoming days.

If anyone has any books in mind that they think I should read, feel free to let me know and I will see what I can do.

Lucy xx

My first post

Hi guys,

For my first post, I wanted to share my reasons for starting a book blog and why it has taken me so long to decide now is the perfect time to begin. 

I have always wanted to write a blog; it is something I’ve wanted to do since I started studying English in college. However, during my time at college and university I would have struggled to maintain a blog with the lack of free time I had. I’ve studied and worked constantly since 2010 and after finally graduating for the third time this July (2016) I am happy to say a lot of time had been freed up. I believe that now is the perfect time to begin a book blog. 

I love to read, it’s my most favourite thing to do and I read anything and everything from historical romances to a war stories set in a dystopian universe. I adore the way a story can take you to a new world and help you take a break from a stressful reality. Moreover, to be able to chat with fellow book lovers about the characters I have fallen in love with or the new worlds I wish I could experience is yet another perk to being a reader. There is nothing better than falling in love with a story that has affected others the way it has affected you. Starting this blog is allowing me to share my feelings and opinions of the books I read with others.

I hope you will follow me on my new blogging adventure.

Lucy xx