Weekly round-up: agony aunts and problem pages

I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I feel like I’ve seen a rise in the number of ‘agony aunt’ style content in recent months - maybe I just more tuned in to it since we all went into varying degrees of ‘lockdown’ amidst a global crisis, or perhaps there actually has been an increase in people asking for advice and people willing to give it. Here are some of the best problem solvers and advice givers I’ve found online recently - if you’re ever in need of sage or comforting words, I hope these writers can give you some in abundance.

Weekly round-up: A boxset and a brilliant new book…

I've really enjoyed snuggling up with my book this week (*even more than usual) - the weather's turned a bit grim here in the UK and everything feels better when you're in bed with a cup of tea, a brilliant novel and the sound of rain outside. I've also been chowing through TV recommendations that… Continue reading Weekly round-up: A boxset and a brilliant new book…

Weekly round-up: Independent Bookshop Week

This week is Independent Bookshop Week. Obviously, the last few months have been tough on bookshops in general, but especially those small and perfectly formed gorgeous little bookshops we all love. A while before lockdown, I visited City Books- a treasure trove of literature with delicately balanced stacks of books and overflowing shelves. Browsing City Books is a very happy memory I’ve fixed upon during lockdown...needless to say, I can wait to visit an independent bookshelf again when it’s safe for everyone.

What’s on my bookshelf?

I don’t normally plan out exactly what I’ll be reading, or when I’ll be reading it. My bookshelf is always a little chaotic, overflowing with books still to be read and packed tight with titles I can’t bear to let go. Right now, here are the *most likely* books I’ll be delving into during the second half of the month.

Weekly round-up: podcasts and poets

It’s the end of another week. It's been a week of chaos and, while I often try to keep these posts light hearted, the world's heart is heavy right now and it would be wrong to ignore that. As ever, here are a few things that I’ve been absorbed in over the past five days. I… Continue reading Weekly round-up: podcasts and poets

10 ways reading can support mental health

This week is mental health awareness week - a campaign that aims to raise awareness of how important good mental wellbeing is for us all. With this year’s theme of “kindness” in mind, I thought I’d share some bookish recommendations and chat about why (for me at least) reading is a great support for my mental health. Of course, it’s not a quick fix or a speedy solution, but I hope it helps in some small way.