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October Reading

It has been an odd year for reading for me. My usual goal of reading 50 books - which I have managed for the past two years - is almost certainly out of reach. However, after months of not reading very much at all, I am looking forward to enjoying some books that befit this… Continue reading October Reading

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Five Things that Made Me Smile Today

Finishing marking a whole set of books;Harper's attempts to scam an extra meal out of Evelina;Rich's return home from London;Having a healthy debate with some Year 9 students about the value of English as a subject (and the meaning of life);Watching Evelina read the opening of one of my favourite books (/ book series) of… Continue reading Five Things that Made Me Smile Today

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18 for 2018

This year I have been enjoying the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast as well as Happier in Hollywood. Gretchen and Liz (her TV writer sister) are creating 18 for 2018 lists and since I have been missing my birthday lists, I thought I'd jump on board. I have made most of them finite things I can do… Continue reading 18 for 2018

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Favourite Reads of 2017

It has been such a long time since I have written book reviews for the books I am reading - I used to review every single book. I stopped because (amongst other things) I didn't really enjoy writing about a book straight after reading it. Either the books I read were powerful, in which case… Continue reading Favourite Reads of 2017

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2017 Reading Challenge

Despite a valiant last push at the end of 2016, I (YET AGAIN!) did not manage to reach my goal of 50 books in a year. I did manage to equal my personal best of 41 books so I'm pretty pleased about that because despite what some people might think, reading on maternity leave is… Continue reading 2017 Reading Challenge