Can you believe 2017 is here? It feel strange even writing the words but I am excited to see what the new year holds. In terms of reading, I had a great 2016. I challenged myself to broaden my horizons when it came to choosing new books and I fell in love with some new authors and genres I would never have gravitated towards otherwise. That’s why I want to take a moment to set down my reading goals for 2017. I am keen to keep expanding my reading material and fall in love with lots of new (and old) books! Read more
I think we can all agree 2016 was a strange kind of year. Although good and bad things have happened, at times it’s been tempting for all of us to let the negatives outweigh the positives. But sometimes it’s nice to reflect on the moments that bring us joy, happiness and self-discovery. Especially when it seems like a lot of bad things have happened. So, although I’m quite happy to wave goodbye to last year I also want to take a moment to acknowledge the best things that happened to me in 2016… Read more
Christmas is just around the corner and I’m really excited. I love baking festive treats, watching cheesy films and buying the people I love presents. But for many Christmas is a stressful, lonely and sad time. It doesn’t have to be that way, which is why I have created a list of 20 ways to give back this Christmas. Read more
There is something magical about finding a brilliant book. The one that makes you fall in love with reading again. You know, the kind of book you just. can’t. put. down The one that keeps you up all night reading and absorbs most of your thoughts the next day. For any reader this kind of book is the holy grail. Each book in this list will entertain, inspire and stay with you long after you finish. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started… Read more
The clocks have turned back which means the nights are starting to get longer and the weather is getting colder. It’s officially autumn. For a pumpkin spice fuelled few, autumn and winter are magical seasons. But for others the long stretch of time between September and March can be hard. However this year, the Danes might just have a way to beat the Winter Blues. ‘Hygge’ is the word on everyone’s lips. It may defy a direct translation, but many are saying it’s the reason the Danes are the happiest nation on earth! Let’s look at how hygge can help you be happier this winter.
When I was perusing the longlist for this year’s booker prize, His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet immediately jumped out at me. Like a sixth sense, I knew that I was going to enjoy this book. The title intrigued me as did the cover. I felt like I need to know more, because this book had to be about more than a murder in a crofting community in Scotland if it was award worth…right? Read more