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  • Personal Updates,  Random

    Big Little News

    I am sure you may have noticed that I have been blogging on and off for the past weeks. There is no other reason that… I’m finally moving to the UK! As many of you know I live in Spain, but this blog is a testament of my love for British art and culture. As part of my PhD I have been offered to develop part of thesis in my favourite country in the world. And I’m in awe. So that is the reason why I have not had much time for reading and writing. A trip like this takes some planning (type A personality anyone?), and one of those…

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    Books That Built the Blogger

    This morning I have the honor of being part of Cathy Brown’s Books That Built the Blogger series  talking about my very early start on crime fiction at the age of 2, teenage reading blues, and my addiction to a good (fictional) morgue. You can check the whole post at Cathy’s 746 Books (link on the image):

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    Readings of Lately

    Before I posted my Dolores Redondo review last week I realised that it had been a month since I had last written anything for the blog. I realised that a few weeks had gone by pretty quickly, mostly reading and writing and trying to read and write a bit more for the blog. However, I just ended up reading lots, and writing lots… for my PhD. My reading patterns have been erratic to say the least, with Saturday afternoon binge-reading sessions, and less than 15 minutes devoted to reading from Monday to Friday. The fact that I love crime fiction but have decided to make a job of my passion…

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    A Little Personal Update (Winter is Here!)

    Winter is here! Which also means Christmas! And Christmas lights! And Christmas sweets! And time off to watch stupid and corny Christmas films! As you can see, my love for Christmas knows no boundaries. And that is what always helps me get through the fall semester. Now that I am the very proud owner of a feminist laptop, I have gone back to reading and writing 24/7. I have a few deadlines to meet, and I am also participating on the organisation of a conference on India studies. So, all is well as along as I am busy! This new routine has taken a toll on my reading, but I…

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    Halloween Reading

    Hi, everyone! As you know Halloween is just around the corner and although I had planned on joining the R.I.P Reading Challenge, life had other things in mind for me. I finally got a new computer, it’s purple and I’m in love with it. I am also quite pleased Windows 10 has nothing to do with my last experience with Windows 8, and it’s Apple-proof, meaning that if you’ ve been an Apple hardcore fan for the last 7 years like I was, you’re safe! Windows 10 is easy peasy. But, but! Going back to reading. This does not mean I will not be doing any scary readings this year.…

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    I’m Back!

    Hi, everyone! Just a very quick update to let you all know that I’m back from my little break having spent four wonderful days at the beach after finishing my teaching duties. Activity at Books & Reviews will resume this week, and meanwhile I will try to catch up with all your new posts and updates. I hope you are all having a nice and smooth return to school or work. See you soon! Elena x

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    A Little Break: Summer 2016

    Dear all, This summer has been exceptional in many ways. One of the reasons was that I got to keep researching during July to finish some very important work on my thesis that granted me an ‘Excellent’ grade from my university on my yearly plan. After that, I had planned on taking a few weeks off to read, review and recharge. But life had other plans and I was offered a part-time job that would pay for my university fees for the upcoming year. I also happen to love the job, and the two students that I get to tutor. However, this has meant staying in my hometown and working…

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    Happiness in a Suitcase! Cardiff Book Haul

    Remember when I went to the UK for a week and all I could tweet about was food and books? Well, there was a reason! The lovely Lucy – who you can already follow on Twitter for anything on children’s literature and crime fiction – took me second-hand book shopping in Cardiff the three days I was there. One day, we even went into Waterstones three times, much to my embarrassment, and much to Lucy’s delight. But, while I was there I thought: I can get the brand new books that I know about online in Spain, wouldn’t it be better if I used this precious time to browse second-hand…

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    Quick Personal Update: Summer is Here!

    For the last couple of weeks I have been trying to post a review per week and visit your blogs as frequently as I could. But it somehow felt cold and distant, because I usually share more than just reviews here. This week I also have a book to review, don’t worry,  but it’s June already and I have realised I had not posted a Personal Update since February. Isn’t it about time? The first thing I want to tell you is that I finished watching the first episode of Marcella last night and I am in love. I had heard wonderful things about both the TV show as a…

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    It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

    Hi, everyone! There have been barely no updates this past months because I have been sick – nothing serious – but after a second round of antibiotics for quite a case of tonsillitis I’m hopefully back on the mend after a second round of antibiotics. This means I haven’t read much, although I managed to finish reading The Woman Who Ran by Sam Baker and I will reviewing it soon. If you follow me on Twitter, you must have seen my doubts about my current read. Because of my PhD I decided to buy a few forensic crime fiction novels and give them a try. One that came highly recommended…