23:07

Today it poured with rain all day in Edinburgh. Heavy, relentless rain. I decided not to go out for my usual walk/run as I would surely get soaked in the downpour. Instead I did some at home workouts, walked more around the house and did some chores to keep me active. I managed to stick to my daily 10k step count!

I recently started watching The Office (US) on Amazon Prime. I am using the free trial so am blazing through the episodes really quickly! I am on season 5 after less than a week, whoops… It is a show that is easy to leave on in the background while I do other things.

Yesterday I visited a charity bookstore which I have not been to since my student days. Recently I have been on the look out for children’s books as gifts, but also picked up a book for myself. I ended up starting and finishing the book within 24 hours! When the weather is dreary it is perfect for curling up with a good book. I love the sound of the pouring rain as I lay on my bed soaking in the atmosphere and words on the page. It has been a long time since I picked up a book from my collection, mostly because they are packed away in a box somewhere. It felt good to get back into reading again, and for it to transport me to a different world for a few hours. Revisiting old hobbies is a form of self care which is comforting and settling at the same time.

21:12

The latest book I finished reading was To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It is such a well-known book but I found myself not picking it up until my mid-twenties. I never studied it in high school like some of my fellow twenty-somethings did, nor did I hear much about the actual plot of the novel.

Reading it at my current ages has allowed me to appreciate the depth of the story and of the underlying teachings. I also think that reading this after two of Khaled Hosseini’s thought-provoking books enabled me to have a more open mind, and a broader perspective.

I have always considered To Kill A Mockingbird a ‘classic’ book. One of those books that the wider population has read (or at least heard of). A sticker on my copy states ‘over 30 million copies sold worldwide’, which is quite the feat. I am glad to be able to experience such rich culture and detailed lifestyles through the power of the written word. I am also glad that my knowledge of history and its stories has broadened.

02:17

I added 6 books to my ever-growing collection today! And while I do not usually post photos on this blog, I am a little proud of my wee hoard of books.

I read a variety of books in a variety of genres. My book taste ranges from fantasy/magical worlds to intense murder mysteries, to human behaviour studies to young adult themes. This academic year I will not really have time to read due to my dissertation work load, but I know that I will have my books to fall back on when I graduate and inevitably end up unemployed for at least a few months.

On the left are my university textbooks (which admittedly I rarely use) which currently serve as a makeshift book end. On the right are my novels in alphabetical order by author’s last names.

Most recurring authors: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock series) and John Green (various works).

Most recently purchased: American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.

Currently reading: The Bloody Chamber And Other Stories by Angela Carter.