Up until a few years ago I was one of those people who always said ‘I love reading but I can never find the time.’ And now I’m one of those people who is constantly asked ‘how do you find the time to read?’ Firstly I made reading a priority. There are lots of things I like doing but I LOVE reading so it was time to make time, instead of being too busy. Now I read every single day, sometimes it’s a few pages but when I have a full free day I’ll often devour a whole book with…

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This year my reading goal was 52 books, which I managed to smash by mid-November (Woo go me!). I absolutely love non-fiction books and I’ve got so many I could choose to write about for this year’s round-up. However I’ve picked my five favourites of this year. The Time in Between: A Memoir of Hunger and Hope I read this book earlier in the year as the basis for an essay on the lived experience of mental health. I read the book through once and then went over and over it analysing it for my essay, and I can honestly…

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I could sum up this post in a word and simply say ‘no’, but that wouldn’t make for a very good blog post, would it? So instead I’m going to draw it out and say no in a much more convoluted fashion. If you don’t already know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it takes place in November each year. You win by writing 50,000 words towards a novel or any other creative writing project during the month. This month I planned a little in advance. I had characters, a setting, a general plot and I was feeling…

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My recent reads have been very much thriller based, which probably isn’t a surprise to anyway, seeing as it’s always my favourite genre. Good Me, Bad Me | Ali Land This book was going to end up in my hands before I’d even read the blurb. I first read that Ali Land was previously a mental health nurse so I knew I had to give the novel a whirl and I was so not disappointed. Good Me, Bad Me is a compelling read about Annie, a young girl whose mother is a serial killer. Given a new name and moving…

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For every three or four books I read, I usually write a Recent Reads post (check out my latest, here) but sometimes a book just captivates me so much that it deserves a whole post to itself. ‘Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.’ The girls of the Roanoke family – beautiful, rich, mysterious – seem to have it all. But there’s a dark truth about them that’s never spoken. Lane is one of the lucky ones. When she was fifteen, over one long, hot summer at her grandparents’ estate in…

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The Travelling Bag | Susan Hill I’ve always loved short stories. Roald Dahl’s “Tales of the Unexpected” has long been a firm favourite of mine and more recently I enjoyed Hilary Mantel’s “The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher.” So when I saw that Susan Hill was bringing out a new collection of ghost stories I was thrilled.┬áStrange Meeting was one of the few books I loved during A-Level English and I later went on to read a few other of her novels. The Travelling Bag features 4 short stories which you will fall in love with if you’re a ghost story…

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