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Monthly Archives: March 2017

7 Video games story-lovers will go mad for

So I think it’s fair to say, in this day and age, that many of us are quite eclectic in our tastes. Particularly in the case of entertainment (with its many facets and media types.) For example, I am a fan of books (to state the obvious), films, music, board games, card games and all manner of outdoor and indoor activities (I learned to snowboard this winter and am pretty proud of myself.) One in particular – that we may, or may not, have in common – is video games. Video games are controversial, particularly when viewed through an educational lens. It doesn’t take much for them to be called out as the inspiration for bad…

5 Fabulous Fictional Mothers

So, Mother’s Day has just come to a close in the UK and, after celebrating the lives of mums of past and present and appreciating parents from all walks of life, I’ve decided it’s time to send some love in a literary direction. That is, I want to celebrate the fierce and fabulous Mothers existing between the pages. In particular (a little self indulgently) I will be listing my own favourite mother characters based on very little other than how much I liked reading about them. I’m very lucky, my mum is pretty awesome. Here’s a few other-mothers who also deserve some recognition this Spring season… [5] &#8211…

Aesop’s Fables: a quick introduction

So, this whole week of Folktale and Fables got me thinking: I don’t know an awful lot about them. If you’d asked me on Monday to name three I’m not sure I’d have been able to get there. Thankfully, since then, I’ve broadened my knowledge and expanded my folky-fabley-fairy-taley education and have three wonderful tales to share with you! So far I’ve mostly been looking at a particular group known as ‘Aesop’s fables’. Aesop’s fables were originally shared by word-of-mouth without being written down until approximately 300 years after the death of Aesop himself. Aesop was a…

Beauty and the Beast – folklore and origins

We’re over half-way through the lovely month of March and I bet a lot of you didn’t know that it was, is, and will continue to be national peanut month. Weird, right? You might also not know that from yesterday (19th) to the 25th of March it’s going to be World Folktales and Fables week around the world. It’s not surprising then that the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast hit cinemas just a few days ago. Now, I don’t know about you but I do find this marginally more interesting than the celebration of peanuts and it’s for that reason that this post is…

The Book/Life balance – 8 tips to help maximise your reading time

So I’m going to be working full-time again starting on Monday and it’s got me thinking: how am I going to keep up with all my reading goals? So I’ve had a think, consulted the elders and compiled (for your convenience) some super awesome book boosting tips to keep yourself from losing touch with your inner bookworm when life gets busy. (1) Set Targets In order to achieve anything you’ve got to know what it is you want to achieve. This starts with setting targets for your reading. Is there a series you want to finish? A new release you’re dying to talk about or just want to learn…

Budget books – a thrift shop book haul

Second-hand books, as I’m sure you’ve heard me say before, are (in my opinion) a truly marvellous thing; they deftly combine two of my all-time favourite things: books and bargains. On one hand, it’s really sad that a flawless copy of ‘The Life of Pi’ or ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ can sell for less than $0.99 these days and that books are treasured by less and less people every year. On the other hand, who doesn’t like a good bargain?  Plus, the sheer availability of of books at almost no cost is such a valuable thing. Never has so much knowledge and enjoyment…

#FebBookstagram/ #MarchBookstagram

The season’s slowly changing and Spring’s on its way. As the February bookstagram challenge draws to a close it seems like a good time to reflect on its successes and get some insight on this month’s anticipated Instagram challenges. #FebBookstagram Reading summary: February was a bad month for reading for me as I only managed to get through ONE book (Gemina) – it was a quick read too I just found myself very distracted for one reason or another. However since the 1st i’ve already outdone last month’s total and have lots of books to talk about in the weeks to come. Favourite Challenges: 8. Favourite Couple – I chose…