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  • Personal Updates,  Random

    Life Lately: Fall and Reading

    How come it is November 2018 already? I can’t believe how far this year has gone by and the many, many changes it has brought along. I got my PhD, changed jobs, and revived an old dream of mine I put on hold for very wrong reasons almost a decade ago. With so much going on, you can imagine (and see in the lack of posts) that I haven’t been reading that much. The weather is a bit crazy in Spain right now, with snow falling mere days from sunshiny days. It is fall, but it does not really feel like it (yet). Meanwhile, I have all my sweaters on…

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    New Year, More Reading: A Personal Update

    It’s been a while since I posted a personal update as I have been focusing on reviewing all the fantastic books (seriously, 2018 is off to a fantastic start!) that I got for Christmas and from publishers as well. So, let’s just dive right in! First things first: The She Writes series have come to an end with Margaret Atwood’s interview last Friday and I have to say, I’m sad to see the series go. I started planning these interviews last summer, and week by week they came to life thanks to all the amazing writers who took some time off their busy schedules to answer my questions. The experience…

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    End of the Year Plans

    It’s been a long time since I last did a personal update. But yesterday I realised that 2017 is ALMOST done. How did that happen? If I want to do all the reading and writing that I had initially planned for this year I’d better get started! So here are some plans for what’s left of 2017: I have selected some books that I must read before the new year comes. I won’t share the list here, but I can tell you that most of them are crime fiction written by women (no surprise!), and I have been waiting a long time to read them. But is there a time…

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    Change Starts One Book at a Time: A Love Letter to the British Public Libraries

    The first thing that I did when I finally settled down in the UK was joining a public library. As I was only in the country for a few months, I didn’t bring any books with me, and I thought: What kind of life can one live without books? Not one worth living for me. So, I walked into the public library, asked a very lovely young woman – who would later become my friend – if I could join, and she gladly gave me my card. It must be said here that I didn’t get a regular card though. As I was a visitor, I could only borrow 3…

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    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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    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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    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…

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    January Books

    Hi, there! January has been a great month for books, mainly because Christmas in Spain last until the 6th of January and it was my birthday on the 27th. But I also got some very interesting review copies from publishers, so thank you! Gifted The Lake House by Kate Morton I asked the Three Wise Men for Kate Morton’s latest work knowing that I would love it, but it was even better than I expected. The Lake House (2015) is Morton’s best work til now, and the edition is to die for. Highly recommended for book lovers in general. Gloria Steinem’s WORKS The boyfriend bought me Gloria Steinem’s biography My…

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    October Book Haul

    Hi, everyone! It’s been a long time since I posted anything, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t bought any books – far from it! So, here are the recent additions to my already overpopulated shelves: Borrowed from the library: Shirley Jackson by the Library of America (LOA).I had planned on reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle for Halloween, but I didn’t. Because I don’t like reading plans except for my PhD (for which I cannot function but by setting weekly deadlines). However, I finished Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith last night and I’ve been listening to a Literary Disco podcast on Jackson, as recommended by Shannon, and…