Is There Value in Scheduling Reading Time?

There are several types of people in the world, but with reading I feel like you’re either a spontaneous reader or a person who has their set ritual. I flip-flop between the two often, depending upon the various demands upon my time. When I do schedule my reading, I find that it’s a great method…

A Great and Terrible Beauty: A Review

Welcome to the heyday of colonial England: entering countries, taking their resources, and that’s about it. But I digress. Let us discuss A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. *spoilers!* We begin by meeting Gemma Doyle and her mother in India, where they have lived many years. Gemma witnesses her mother’s death, and is shipped back…

Etching Yourself into a Book

Growing up, books were treated as sacred objects, not to be touched with anything but our hands and to be left unblemished. Lending out some of my books to my friends, they were returned with writing inside indicating to which parts they had read, some phrases underlined. I was quite upset and erased the pencil…

Book Hangovers: What Do You Experience?

An oh-so-brief google search of the term “Book Hangover” uncovers several articles along with many, many memes. They all referred to the sensation of remaining in the world which you have just finished/ left; in the case of the EpicRead.com glossary it also includes staying up too late to remain a functioning human being. I’m…

Reading Nooks: Summer Edition

Summer is in full swing in the northern hemisphere, calling for a revamp in reading nooks. With the high temperatures, snuggling up with a blanket or a cup of tea just seems out of the question. So I went on a quest to find a nicer way to read during the oppressively warm days. During…

Quiet Neighbours: A Review

They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but lately I’ve just been picking books up at random based on whether or not I enjoy their covers. It’s not been too poor of a method as Foxlowe was a result of this experiment. This time it is Quiet Neighbours by Catriona McPherson, a very intriguing…

Sometimes Shorter Books Aren’t Always Better… For Me At Least

There are so many modes of reading: poetry, short stories, articles, novelas, novels, graphic novels. The options are unending, and it has turned into another onerous task in deciding what to read. Poetry rarely captivates me. I find it to be too short and not the medium suited to me in order to convey a…

The Curated Closet: All the Flowing Clothes (Part 2)

Turns out the process of revamping your wardrobe and curating a personal clothing style takes a lot of time and effort. Who knew! I’ve been working on discovering the shapes and cuts that I like, as well as the types of materials and accessories that I enjoy. Thankfully, one of my best friends is down…

1 Month Down, How Many More to Go?

When I started this blog, I didn’t think I’d keep it up for more than a couple of weeks. It had been an idea that percolated for many, many years yet I never followed through. Should I do a radio show at my uni? Should I send it out like a newsletter? Lo and behold,…

When I Was Just a Little Girl #2

Fantasy. Mystery. Detectives. Annoying best friends. What more do you need to know? Well, clearly more otherwise I would have no reason to write this blog post! Onwards! *as with most of my posts, spoilers ahead!* 1) The Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series by Carolyn Keene and Franklyn W. Dixon I love the 60s/70s…

The Jane Austen Project: A Review

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that 1 in 3 people are wholly enamoured by all things Jane Austen.* Her works delve into the realities of life facing those in the Regency period with wit and grace. Women and their roles within various spheres are shown, and for individuals who clearly didn’t grow up in…

Can I No Longer Read Children’s Books?

In a previous post, I discussed a couple of books that helped shape me in my childhood (oops! need to write a follow up!). But this got me thinking, when do we start to think that children and young adult books should no longer be read by adults? For me the answer is never. When…