I was lucky to read a lot this summer. I love reading, I grew up surrounded by books and my Dad used to have a bookshop.

One of my favourites was the Outrun by Amy Liptrot. A really inspiring book, a powerful story of her journey from wild and sometimes challenging times in London to building a new life and gaining some peace in Orkney. It is unflinching and I highly recommend it.

Another book that I adored was The Lauras, by Sara Taylor, a roadtrip story with a twist. Great characterisation and one of the most horrific hitchhiking stories I have read in a while.

I have just finished My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, recommended by so many people. It was for ages recommended by loads of people. Really refreshing to read the honest chronicling of the inner conflicts of an intelligent woman. One of the most honest representations of female friendships I have ever read.

Now reading Helen Dunmore’s Exposure and that is my wild plan for this Friday night

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This is something I have thought about starting for a long time, tomorrow I am going to About Time Magazine learn how to blog brunch  which I am really looking forward to.

Last night I was really lucky to go to a talk by the extraordinary blogger The Londoner to learn how she does it. A really fun event by the jewellery brand, Pandora. Thank you for the great goody bag!

So I hope you enjoy reading this as much I do writing it!