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13 feminist reads for International Women’s Day 2019

13 feminist reads for International Women’s Day 2019

For a long time, women didn’t write books. Well, that’s almost certainly not true, but women didn’t write books that were widely published or preserved for the future until very recently, in the grand scheme of things. It wasn’t until a few hundred years ago that women started regularly publishing books that we still know of today, often under male pseudonyms. But recently, as in the last hundred years recently, women have published lots and lots of books – and…

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What I read in: February 2019

What I read in: February 2019

February was a good month for reading. I read Sapiens, Homodeus and Utopia for Realists one after another and it sent me into a tailspin of existential crises about what really matters, what we can change and what I should do with my life. It’s been a lot. But this is, primarily, why I read so many books: to make me think. I can’t really complain when a few great books make me do just that! I read nine books…

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What I read in: January 2019

What I read in: January 2019

I’m giving writing about books another go. I want to be good at reviewing books via the written word rather than relying on verbal ramblings and flailing hand gestures. What better way than to write a monthly post reviewing all the books I read that month? In January I read seven books, all of which I enjoyed. It was a good month for reading. I’m starting next month with Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, a book about a million people…

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2018 goals review and 2019 plans

2018 goals review and 2019 plans

It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I am type-A. I am a planner. I am the organiser. I like lists and goals and ticking things off. This organisation tends not to extend to the management of my home – I am still only prompted to do my washing when I run out of underwear – but, in general, I like to keep my life and plans under control. If you met my parents, you’d…

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I read 104 books in 2018. Here are the best ones.

I read 104 books in 2018. Here are the best ones.

I have learned something new in 2019 already. Writing about books is really hard. Writing about books you read months ago with no intention of reviewing them publicly is harder still. I tried to write a blog post about the best books I read in 2018. I picked my favourites, wrote a short summary and offered my opinion. But it wasn’t interesting. It all felt too stuffy and formal and didn’t flow properly. The blog didn’t feel like the best…

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