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Guest Blog: Books &… My Daily Commute

Over the next few months we’re going to ask friends and family to write some guest blogs for us. These posts are just for fun really and maybe to give you a different slant on the world of books and words. This first blog has been written by my (Janet here) ‘slightly’ younger sister Suzanne…

Before I start let me introduce myself. My name is Suzanne and I’m Janet’s sister, Janet asked me to write a guest post for the blog. I’m …

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Books &…Phone Free Sunday

Towards the end of last year I did a lot of reflecting over our family time, and the quality of the time we do have together. Both my husband and I have pretty intense jobs, we can spend a lot of time distracted checking in on emails and feeling the pressure to be ‘online and available’ to work pretty much all the time. I also co-founded About Time Planners last year, which I LOVE doing, but we have social media accounts that need to be kept on top of as well as shipping orders etc etc etc, you don’t realise how much time you …

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Books &… Eleanor Oliphant

So, I’ve slightly upped the ante on my book reading (on the basis I barely get through a book in 6 months and it’s probably a kids book at that…) and was recommended Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman as my holiday read. The main problem is that on holiday I managed to read 24 pages. So it actually became my bedtime reading and I pretty quickly got hooked and finished it within a week, which for me is the equivalent of winning a 100m gold medal! It’s the debut novel of Gail Honeyman and it’s a dream. Now Janet has also read …

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Books &… Utrecht

 

Less than 12 hours in Utrecht. This is the reason we’re in Amsterdam – to see Glen Hansard at The Tivoli Theatre. We arrive early and are immediately wowed by this gorgeous place; with canals, a market (where we sample some food), coffee shops, bars, restaurants, history – it really is more than worth a visit. Ireland are playing Italy in the Six Nations and we find ourselves once again in an Irish bar, just for a few… We squeeze ourselves onto a small table in the busy pub and watch Ireland win. The Dutch couple next to us don’t seem so happy, but …

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Books &… Being Online

This is a post that we’re going to add to and take recommendations for. Although we’re both lovers of ‘real’ books, we love the feel, the smell – the way they look on a bookshelf… we both have had kindles, or accessed books online. Sometimes if I can’t (and this is rare) squeeze a big book I’m reading into a work or travel bag, I’ll sneak in my kindle. Sometimes we’ll both download to an ipad.

Whilst we also love a good bookshop or wonderful library – spending time amongst the stacks and coveting the covers, we do also look online for suggestions or to …

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Books &… Motherhood

I’ve been in what feels like a blur of baby & toddler trauma bliss for just over 3 years now. My relationship with reading has, kinda like my figure, been through the ringer!

Over the last 6 months I’ve genuinely reignited my love for reading being just for me rather than for the girls. I’ll still read at nighttime as I go to bed albeit I manage a chapter at best before I pass out, but now I will try to pick up a book during the day if I hit lucky on nap time, or when I’m at the hairdressers which …

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Books &… Amsterdam

The rain is ice cold, we are drenched, bleary and completely lost… Our phones are dead and the warren of streets near The Red Light District all look the same. As the ‘experienced’ Amsterdam visitor I feel responsible.

My fourth time to Amsterdam and Patrick’s first. It’s February, cold with an almost bitter wind and patches of warming sunshine. But, I discover an Amsterdam I never did before. Getting lost is sometimes the best way to discover a City and putting Patrick in charge means that getting lost happens repeatedly over the weekend.

Getting to the hotel from the airport is easier than I imagined, …

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Books &… Flying

Books and Flying, The Bold Type

I always have a book on me, you know just in case… I’m about to go to the hairdresser and it’s one of those long appointments so I have to consider whether there is enough left in my book to see me through a colour, cut and a lot of waiting…

The size of my bag depends on what book I’m bringing wherever I’m going. Football in the pub with my boyfriend, and yep there’s a book in my bag.

‘So’ says the middle sister ‘write a blog on Books and Planes…’ Well isn’t that a brilliant idea, of course the middle sister would come …

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Top 10 books to read

Autumn 2018

The following are the top ten books we’re going to read in autumn 2018. We’ve gone through reviews and recommendations to filter through what’s out there for this season and to use as a catch up from previous seasons… We’ve included all genres. We’re also looking forward to suggestions from you! No rules!

The list is in no particular order…

1. Help Me by Marianne Power Sometimes autumn feels like the start of the year – tying in with the academic calendar (Ok so I’ve kind of stolen this theory from Stylist’s Lucy Mangan, or did she steal it from me..?) – and …

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Where we buy books

This series of posts will over the next few months, years and until we have our own bookstore (the dream) – tell you some fab places to buy books.

Feel free to post some ideas and tips to us!

Ok, so let’s start with the honest part of the post. Not every book we buy is from an independent bookseller or taken from a library. For Lou, a trip to the library is an outing for the family! For me, it’s a rarity – although I do sometimes take a ramble around Manchester Central library, never miss a chance to visit New York Public Library …

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