Bookish Fridays: Favourite Female Characters

Today I thought I would write about some of my favourite female characters! Lately, I’ve been reading books by women more than ever – just because those are the books that I’ve fancied reading – but I’ve also been reading posts on my Instagram where people talk about how they dislike reading books by male authors, primarily because the female characters feel very filtered by an unrealistic male gaze. I have to say, I haven’t really noticed that happening – although that’s probably a lot to do with the kind of books I like to read – but I wonder if it’s telling that most of the characters I’ve chosen at random to feature on this list are written by female authors? Hmm. Anyway, here are some female characters that have always stayed in my mind…

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Travel Tuesdays: the East Side of Manhattan

I skipped a travel post last week because I had to unexpectedly go down to London – which I’m sure I’ll write about soon! – so I’m resuming my New York travel series today. You can find the other posts here – New York, Greenwich Village, and Brooklyn. I’ve now been to Paris and London since I came back from New York, so the memories aren’t quite as fresh as they were. Today I’m focusing on our wanders around the East Side of Manhattan.

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June Wrap-Up

Hello! Who can believe it’s actually reached the end of June already? We are currently going through a crazy heatwave in Glasgow – and I’m sure it’s the same all over Britain too – and yesterday was the highest temperature on record at 32 degrees. Yes, I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but Scotland is not equipped to deal with this kind of heat… This gorgeous summery weather has made me enjoy June so much, even though I feel like I’ve been really busy. I was in Paris for a few days in the middle of June, I went on a whirlwind trip to London earlier this week – which is the reason why I didn’t post my usual travel update on Tuesday! – and on Sunday I have a day ticket to a local festival. So many exciting things!

Reading has been okay this month – I’ve actually read quite a lot of books that have inspired me in a myriad of different ways, some of which will probably go on to be my favourites of the year. But I haven’t really been in the mood for it; I’ve been writing so much that reading my typical favourites – thoughtful, introspective, great characters, gorgeous prose – is making me subconsciously analyse what works and what doesn’t, and I’m forever being struck with ideas and different ways to approach problems in my narrative. Although this is incredibly useful, it doesn’t always make for the most pleasurable reading experience. So I think I’m in the mood for books that are easy to read and don’t demand too much of my concentration, yet, alternatively, I think getting swept up in some really good non-fiction will also help! Thoughts from anyone who’s been in the same predicament?

But now to the books…

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Mid-Year Bookish Resolutions

Hello! If there’s one thing I love more than anything else, it’s making a list. And what are bookish resolutions if not wonderful long lists? Back in January and March, I outlined my bookish goals for the upcoming year, and I thought it would be fun to see where I am, and how I’m doing in my goal to expand my reading.

Bookish Resolution #1: read 100 books

Easy. I’ve already read 70 books – although I feel like a lot of them have been fairly small! – so I will definitely manage 100 by the end of the year. Conversely, I would actually like to slow down my reading a little – speeding through loads of books isn’t something I particularly enjoy, so I’m going to make an effort to read a little less and maybe binge on Netflix a little more. (I haven’t even started Kimmy Schmidt!!)

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Travel Tuesdays: Brooklyn

Here is the third part of my travel series focusing on my recent trip to New York! Check out the two previous instalments here if you haven’t had a look yet: New York City and Greenwich Village. Today I’m looking at Brooklyn, our only trip outside of the most famous NYC borough, Manhattan. I really liked Brooklyn – we went for a wander around Brooklyn Heights and we also visited Coney Island. Read on to find out more of my impressions…

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Me at Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Spring Book Haul

Hello everyone! I’ve never actually posted a book haul before, but publishers have been especially kind to me recently and I have accumulated a giant pile of books in the past few weeks. And where else can you post about your ridiculous amount of unread books if not in the book blogging community? Please feel free to send me commiserations about how my floor will shortly cave in because, believe me, I’m worried about that too. So here are some (yes, SOME) of the books I have acquired!

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