Three picks | non-fiction February

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I’ve decided to begin doing a series where I pick three books of the same genre or theme I have on my shelves to read, and speak about each of them.

These might be a mixture of read books in the form of a mini wrap-up, or could be more of a to be read format.

For my first three picks, I thought I would start with three books that I’ve very recently picked up, with the first genre covering non-fiction.

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Reading wrap up | January 2019

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Hello! It is already February (HOW) and that means it’s time for me to wrap up all the books that I’ve read in the past month. Even if it is now the middle of the month and I’m a little late.

I set my target at 52 for the year which means I should be reading at least one book a week, or four a month, which I was a little bit worried about as I tend to go through phases of reading loads or reading nothing.

However, pleased to say that I smashed that four books goal this month. Despite how sad the above picture looks, in January, I read a total of eight books. Woohoo!

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The Reading Women Challenge TBR

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Hello! Another post, another reading challenge. I actually originally didn’t set out to do this one but I saw Jean at Jean Bookishthoughts doing a TBR video for it and thought it sounded like something I would quite like to get on board with. Obviously I was intent on attempting to destroy my procrastinating self with major challenges.

It’s created by Reading Women, who run a book podcast, and runs from January 1 to December 31 even though I’m starting it just under a month late.

There’s 24 prompts, as well as two extra ones if you want to read 26, and has a range of different ideas, which you can either read all of them, or just the ones you want to.

I am unfortunately not going for them all, but almost all, because there was a few that I knew I just wouldn’t be into (sports and science). The only other rule is that the books have to be either written by a female or about a female. I’ve only picked novels that were written by women, just to make my life harder, and I tried where I could to pick ones from my shelves, or ones I could get from the library. I’ll let you know where each comes from in the post.

Here’s a list of the prompts I’ve chosen to undertake, as well as the book I’ll be reading for each and a short synopsis on what it’s about and how it fits the prompt. It’s a long one, so get yourself some tea!

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New year, new reading challenge

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Hello! It’s not my first post of the year, but it’s (hopefully) the first post back after a bit of a hiatus from me. Everyone speaks about creating new year’s resolutions at this time of the year, and although it’s getting on a bit in January, it’s still kind of relevant.

The only resolution I ever make is to read a certain number of books, which this year is set at 52 – one for every week of the year. Will I achieve it? Who knows.

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2018 full reading wrap up

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Happy new year! It seems surreal to be writing this in January 2019, I’m still unsure where the time has gone.

Since it is January, that means it’s time to wrap up the books I got through in 2018.

As with the past few years, my reading goal was set at 50, which I’m proud to say I actually completed for once! I actually read 57 (and three quarters of another one), so let’s see some statistics. I didn’t count the 58th book, as I’ve still got a little bit to finish.

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Travel diaries: New York

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In March this year on my travels, I went back to New York for the third time.

As you can see from the above picture, the weather was…. interesting. I’ve been before at the end of November and in June but this trip it was pretty mild until it snowed consistently for pretty much a full 24 hours and shut everything. You could say a lot about Aberdeen, but it snows here and life goes on but everyone is late.

Unlike my other travel diaries posts, this is only going to be one day, as I didn’t do too many of the typical touristy things since I’ve done them twice before, and I also pretty much lost a day due to the snow.

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Currently reading: November 2018

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I used to spend ages carefully picking a range of different books off my bookshelf in the hope of inspiring myself to actually follow a plan of books for the month.

Obviously that didn’t work for me, since I pick everything on a whim and change my mind hundreds of time before I decide to stick with it.

So, I’ve decided not to bother anymore, and just to share the books I’m currently reading. Yeah, I’m one of THOSE people. The kind that read four books at once.

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Spotlight on: Trainspotting (1996) Soundtrack

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For the most recent instalment of ‘Spotlight on’ I thought I’d go with the soundtrack to one of my all-time favourite films- Trainspotting.

Its been a massively long time since I’ve actually compiled one of these posts, but I’ve been listening to a lot of the Trainspotting soundtrack recently so it’s definitely due.

But let’s be honest, I’m always listening to the Trainspotting soundtrack.

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Travel Diaries: Brussels part one

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Welcome to the first instalment of my travel diaries series! I’m hoping to be putting up a post a week for the next few months or so which focus on my various travels this year.

I actually visited Brussels way back in February, to celebrate my friend’s birthday. Although I’ve been to Belgium before, I’ve never actually been to Brussels.

For the past few years I’ve been keeping a list of places in Europe that I’d like to visit, and this trip checked another one off my list.

We were there for four nights and five days, so I thought I’d share some photographs and roughly what I got up to whilst away!

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