Reading Update: August

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September has already started so I’m a bit behind with posting my reading update for last month…sorry!  I’m currently back at home in London, visiting my family, and I’ve had plenty time for reading. My mum is also a big reader, so we spent many days in August sitting together on the couch and reading…pure bliss in my opinion 🙂 

So here’s what I managed to read last month…

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The Coypu

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I was in France recently, in the province of Alsace, visiting a dear friend. It was absolutely beautiful there: the mountains, the vineyards, the sun! During my visit, we went to a Reintroduction Centre. Alsace is known for their population of storks (they’re everywhere; roosting on churches, swooping over villages, chilling on the side of the road), but in the 60’s their numbers were dwindling until only two breeding pairs were left! The centre was set up in 1976 with the intention of breeding and reintroducing storks back into Alsace. And thus far, they have been very successful 🙂 (Check out their website here if you’re interested in learning more).

Anyway, at the centre I saw quite a few animals. Plenty of elegant storks (their chicks are really ugly though, in case you were wondering), playful otters, fast, fish catching cormorants, and a whole family of adorable coypus (aka river rats or nutrias).  Continue reading

Reading Update: June

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I’ve done it! I’ve completed my Master programme and I’ve handed in my Master thesis*, all 18,960 words and 43 pages of it! I’m rather proud of how hard I’ve worked this month and what I’ve managed to achieve. Now I just have to keep my fingers crossed that my thesis supervisor is just as impressed with my work as I am…

Even though I was busy writing away, I still managed to read a few things this month; a couple of comics, an essay collection, and four novels. I think it really helped that I read a mixture of different formats and genres; it ensured that I didn’t get bored and fall into a reading slump, and it also allowed me to wind down and take a break when my ‘thesis-ing’ (a new word that I’ve invented and have been using all month) got too much.

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Reading Update: May

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This month I managed to read quite a bit, whilst simultaneously working on my Masters thesis (yes, I’ve finally started! No, it’s not going too well). I decided to mix it up a bit and read a couple of graphic novels too. I had forgotten how much fun they are to read! So here’s my list of monthly reads.  Continue reading

Reading The World

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In May 2015, I wrote a blog post on my old blog, Me, My Books, and I, about reading world literature. In that post, I admitted to the fact that my reading adventures were typically confined to the Western canon, and I discussed the benefits of branching out and reading the world. At that point in my life, I felt like I had managed to read a fair few authors who were not British or American, especially when I compared myself to my peers.

Since a year has passed, I thought it would be apt to look back and see if I have improved upon my world reading journey.

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