Literary Life: February & March in Review

I’ve taken a break from blogging, that I’ve broken due to a delightfully rejuvenating week off, and will probably reinstate until I’ve moved at the end of April. It was becoming something I felt I had to do, rather than something I was enjoying. I’m hoping once I’m settled in my new place I’ll be able to get back into the groove.

February and March were full of dinners and brunches, but not much in the way of adventures. I’m saving myself for Summer.

Currently Reading:

The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan



I’ve Read:

  1. The Heart Goes Last – Margaret Atwood
  2. Dear Amy – Helen Callaghan
  3. The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher
  4. Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig
  5. Panic – Lauren Oliver
  6. A Long Way Home – Saroo Brierley
  7. The Witchfinder’s Sister – Beth Underdown
  8. The True Deceiver – Tove Jansson
  9. The Neverending Story – Michael Ende
  10. Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

The True Deceiver & The Witchfinder’s Sister were the best books of the two months. Panic proved to be a disappointment, fabulous premise though.

How has your reading been?

Listening to podcasts

My Favourite Podcasts [culture, clothes, politics, music & murder]

I fall in and out of podcast binges, being away from the gym for a few months I’m not as up to date as I once was. They, like reading, hold my attention in a way images don’t (colour, lights, movement, distraction) I think my head prefers to dictate what things look like rather than a screen making it easy.

The following podcasts are my favourites, the ones that don’t drop off the list but will forever entertain me. Some are less intense than others, but all of them are entertaining with a lovely dose of intelligence.

Get It On – Dawn O’Porter

Get it on is a weekly podcast from the awesome, Dawn O’Porter. Dawn talks to her friends about their life in clothes and the clothes they love. It’s a fashion podcast that you anyone can enjoy, it lacks all pretence. Clothes+emotion = Get it On.

Ctrl Alt Delete – Emma Gannon

In Emma’s own words, Ctrl, Alt, Delete is “conversations with brilliant interesting guests who all have very unique stories to tell.” She interviews a wide range of fantastic people, and mostly people I wasn’t even aware of.

West Wing Weekly – Hrishikesh Hirway and Josh Malina

Josh and Hrishi talk through episodes of the show, talking with cast and crew and people who were or are in the political sphere. It’s not just an episode recap, its geeky intelligence at its best.

They also sell a lapel pin and if it weren’t for shipping and customers I would make one mine.

What’s next?

My Favourite Murder – Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

I find true crime very interesting and terrifying, and I’ve always been told to face my fears. I get the feeling Kilgariff and Hardstark (what a fantastic surname!) are the same. At least, none of us have expressed a desire to kill, to my knowledge, so this isn’t about needing some tips.
“Each episode the girls tell each other their favorite tales of murder, and hear hometown crime stories from friends and fans. Check your anxiety at the door, ’cause Karen & Georgia are dying to discuss death.”

Desert Island Discs – Kirsty Young

Does this even need to be explained?

If you haven’t listened to Hugh Laurie’s 1988 DID you must, the man is adorable (listening to this was like looking in a mirror and seeing a talented male version of myself).


What podcasts do you love?


my personality in books

Literary Life: January in Review

Since my book-binge, at the end of December, I’ve found a desire to read returnĀ or at least balance with the need to switch off my mind. I’ve finished the last of Sarah Moss’ fiction I had left to read (and now I’m mildly bereft) and the Emily Next series by L. M. Montgomery (which I adored).

I got two extra ear piercings in my left ear lobe, bring the count to 8 ear piercings now. Some do adventures, some dye their hair, some do tattoos, I pierce my ears when I feel a strong desire for change.

Next step, move out.

Currently Reading:

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood



I’ve Read:

  1. Take Courage: Anne Bronte and the Art of Life – Samantha Ellis
  2. Dune – Frank Herbert
  3. Signs for Lost Children – Sarah Moss
  4. Emily Climbs – L. M. Montgomery
  5. Emily’s Quest – L. M. Montgomery
  6. Stay With Me – Ayobami Adebayo
  7. Idaho – Emily Ruskovich

Hard to pick a favourite from this lot, each one made me feel different in an incomparable way.

How was your January?