Hello!! Do you have any tips on how to integrate more reading time during your day? I want to get back into the habit of reading more, I tend to do it at night but I always end up just watching YouTube/ Netflix instead 😅
here’s a big post I made on reading more
I’ve been thinking about doing a video on this, because I am asked soooo often—watch this space
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Minimal uniform lately (so minimal I don’t even have an iron apparently 🥲)
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My latest book video is out! Chatting about 18C Polish (or really, French) frame tales, the horror of whiteness, and e-library loans. Other than briefly forgetting the word “child” (was I ever a child?) I manage to keep awkward pauses to a happier minimum. Hope you enjoy 💌
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What are you favourite or go-to places in london?
my apartment of course 🤠
seriously—I love going down the pub with friends, or for coffee at their flats, with their kitchens, their little dining tables, their flatmates, pets, lovers, their gardens or front steps, their books. I love second-hand bookshops, like skoob, or judd, and my local library, and the 24 hour library in new cross, and the british library. I love the free museums, like the tate, or the national gallery, or the v&a, or the migrants museum in lewisham.
I love how green london is. I love running, cycling or walking along the thames. I love the parks, especially greenwich, I love to walk the few minutes to the observatory and stand in the arbitrarily chosen centre of time which happens to cross my front door. I love hilly fields. I love peckham at night. I love deptford always but especially the market on a saturday. I love the greasy spoon opposite my old uni. I love the jamaican cafe by the station. I love coffee shops – nearly one on every corner in london, all different and all safe havens.
this doesn't really answer the question, it's just the same as what everyone likes about where they live: the people, the community, the art, the pub. just normal life
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favourite coffee shops in london for socialising? and favourite coffee shops in london for work/studying?
you can try some of the cafes on my map: click here
I like to work at the british library cafe, the poetry society cafe, the london review of books cafe or the v&a museum cafe... :)
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Spending the weekend at dreamy museums 🤍🕊
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The heart of The Queen’s House in Greenwich. This room is a perfect 12m cube, with pleasing symmetry across the doors, windows, the pattern of the marble floor, the panelled ceiling.
The building was designed by Inigo Jones and built 1616–38, it represents a significant break from traditional Tudor architecture. It is the very first example of classical architecture in Britain, which would later inspire English Palladianism.
With this around the corner from our flat now I feel like I’m going to end up spending a lot of time here, beautiful scenes 🤍
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Who They Was, Gabriel Krauze
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hallo! i hope you're keeping well. was wondering how many books you read a year?
probably on average 1 per week, but it depends. during my first degree it was as high as 4 per week, sometimes I read longer texts so it's more like .5 per week. I don't have quantity goals, I just read what I want when I want :)
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one more picture from the gorgeous free library in shrewsbury, originally built in the 1500s. this room, the old school room, is the oldest part of the building
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isn’t this public library a little bit stunning! sometimes my favourite thing about travelling is visiting libraries
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little update for my patreon subscribers! this morning patrons got their early-access delivery of the latest instalment of “books”, a video series where I talk about some books I’ve been reading lately.
not only do patrons get early access, they get to decide what my next video will be about too! I’m filming the latest vlog on the topic of their choice this weekend 🥰✨
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I follow you on Instagram and I noticed you post about your best friend visiting. I don’t think anyone considers me their ‘best’ friend which bums me out sometimes and I was curious about your story?
I am fortunate to have had a wonderful "found family" over the years, and there's not much terminology for talking about that kind of love... platonic, or friendship-based, or admiring, respecting, or whatever. So I am very very liberal with my use of the term 'best friend' and I don't have only one at all! Love is not a limited resource, you get more and more the more you need or want.
I have best friends from different times in my life – for example, I have this one group of friends, we have known each other since we were 4 and we still have a gc and meet up. I miss them all the time, we all live far from each other. Particularly there's one person in that group who is like a sister to me – we still speak nearly every week on the phone, I would do anything for them. Definitely my best friend.
Then there's some I think of as "past" best friends, like in high school I was briefly in a trio and we all wore long black coats and went to rock concerts and pretended to be different genders and tried strange scary things and took ourselves waaaay too seriously (we thought we were so arty lol)... I haven't seen them in years, but when I think about them I'm so full of love! Best friends forever in my heart.
And at uni, well, I had a lot of random relationships and friendships – it can be like that – but I've been fortunate to study with, laugh with, cry with, live with, some really amazing people. Some of them are still my best friends. And it doesn't matter if we speak every week or just sometimes. They'll always be best friends to me, they can always call or drop by unannounced or ask for help or send a meme.
I'm also best friends with my partner, like in a ‘I can spend 24-hours-a-day with you’ way. And that's different from some of the other kinds of best friends but it's not more or less important. It's just another kind of best friendship.
I'm sure that you have many close friendships and they may not use the term 'best friend' but I bet they would consider you as one. To be honest it's a bit of a childish phrase really, but it's silly to waste time worrying about whether it's cool to call someone your best friend and there just aren't enough words to adequately describe different types of love so I'm using what I've got. If someone’s important to you, be their best friend and let them be yours and don’t worry about labelling it or being the only one.
ramble over, love hard bc life's short !
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do you have any recommendations for poetry anthologies?
I do, click here !
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Scenes from the weekend: the neon pink light from a 24 hour grocery store against lanterns hanging over chinatown at around 3am, a tiny candlelit bar where everyone is laughing, sun on a window flecked with rain, long wet yellow grass around our ankles as we wade through the park, lying on the sofa in a sunset light, endless coffee, just talking
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thoughts on audiobooks? :-)
yeah they’re super great, don’t often listen to them myself because I like to read visually but big fan of the concept
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