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#BookEnds2021: April

How did it go?HOW did I read so much and yet cover so little on the list? Book boxes, gifting and reviewing this month came back to bite me – in a good way, of course, because I loved what I read. Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters was a total highlight. I was given a […]

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Writing Inspiration: You Are What You Read

As most writers will know, you are what you read. Roger Robinson said it better than I can in his “Success is in you” manifesto for poets: The quality of poems you’re consuming will have an effect on the quality of poems you’re producing. What you put in is what you’ll get out. Roger Robinson, […]

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#BookEnds2021: March

How did it go?I sat down to write this, feeling pretty impressed with myself – I have only bought three books this year (Circe, The Galaxy and the Ground Within and Straight From the Horse’s Mouth – the last of which I wasn’t counting because it was for book group). And then I realised that […]

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#BookEnds2021: February

How did it go?Oh boy, I stumbled this month. I fell into the classic trap of overbooking myself this month and as such, have had little time (or focus) to sit down and read. I felt so energised about speeding through my bookshelves last month – I even got to speak about this project on […]

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#BookEnds2021: January

How did it go?At 7am my alarm clock goes off. I dropped my phone in the toilet a couple of weeks ago, so I’m blasted awake by a cheap IKEA trilling. This is useful because (a) no phone, no distraction and (b) this aggressive screaming alarm means I am definitely 100% awake. For the next […]

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Reading Project: #BookEnds2021

In 2021, I’ll be doing a wee project I’m calling #BookEnds where I try to finish all the unfinished books around my flat. There’s a few reasons I’ve acquired so many unread or unfinished books. Some were given as gifts, or are second hand – quite a few are from family or ex-flatmates having a […]

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Books: Favourites of 2020!

Before we move into a much more optimistic year (hopefully – I trust nothing) I thought I would reflect on the books I loved that helped me through it. Reading has always been a big part of my life, but this year I realised there was more to it. I need to read. It gives […]

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Books: What I Read in 2019

Hello all! It’s been a hot minute since I wrote a blog post. So to ease into 2020 I thought I’d do a list of all the books I read in 2019. For those of you who don’t know me, I love lists almost as much as I love books. Apps like Goodreads, Letterboxd and […]

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Spooky Bookys

Tonight, instead of fleeing home to blankets and re-watching old episodes of The Simpsons, I’m heading out to the launch of Kirsty Logan‘s new book: “Things We Say in the Dark”. Its a collection of feminist horror short stories and it says a lot about what I’m going to be reading this month. In case […]

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Books: What I’ve Read in Two Line Pitches

Hello! This is something completely different from normal – not a single Moomin in sight! – but a lot of people have mentioned that they like my book reviews on Instagram, or following the thread of all the books I read on my Twitter. So I thought I’d make a list of some of the […]