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All Change

All Change.  So the last year or so has been a bit of a detour here on One Empty Shelf. I’ve been thinking about where I wanted to take the blog, and in doing so ended up taking it basically everywhere. I wanted somewhere to share everything, but in hindsight, I feel everything has become… Read More All Change

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3 books, 3 points: May 2021

3 books, 3 points: May 2021  A day late but I’m not sure time means anything any more! Without further ado, here are three reads well-worth picking up this month 🙂 How to Save a Life by Eva Carter** Publication date: 27th May 2021 -One night Joel’s heart stops. Standing on the sidelines of the… Read More 3 books, 3 points: May 2021

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Shops, coffee and almost spring

Shops, coffee and almost spring  With great fanfare, the shops re-opened again here in England last week, along with pubs and cafes – those that have outside space, at least. I must admit I’ve enjoyed a quiet pint and a waterside coffee, and that was enough for me, for now. I feel like the more… Read More Shops, coffee and almost spring

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6 books, 3 points! Bumper Saturday Book Review

3 books, 3 points Bumper Six-Book Edition! haha Welcome back to Three Books, Three Points… with six books this month! A bumper edition 🙂 I’ve been really behind with my book reviews so here is a catch-up post with some fab books published in the last few months, and one, ‘The Revelations’ out last week.… Read More 6 books, 3 points! Bumper Saturday Book Review

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Morning Brew, 7.4.21

Morning Brew, 7.4.21. Well, good morning, It’s been a long time since I wrote a Morning Brew and I missed the whole stream-of-consciousness typing thing, so here I am! Today’s brew is an instant coffee (shocker) in a huge mug, steaming away beside the computer. My morning lecture was cancelled so I spent the time… Read More Morning Brew, 7.4.21

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Walking forwards

Walking forwards.  The flip over into March seems to be awakening a sort of restlessness in me. I can’t stop tidying, clearing out, organising things. I feel an impatience for the heat of summer, but also for something I can’t quite put my finger on. A need to be ‘doing’ after months of stasis. A… Read More Walking forwards

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Deep breaths and self-belief

Deep breaths and self-belief. With the melting of the snow comes a spark of life. As ice recedes and the hardened ground begins to thaw, I too sense a shift after the stillness of past weeks. It’s like the little ideas I planted back in October are beginning to grow along with the bulbs and… Read More Deep breaths and self-belief

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Observe

Observe. A teeny, tiny crocus has reared its head in the garden under the birch tree. Poking through the snow, adjacent to a singular snowdrop, the bright yellow bud looks almost fluorescent in the palate of ice whites, muted greys and browns that accompany bad weather here in the UK. It’s as if my eyes… Read More Observe

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Whole

Whole. There are so many apps to spread ourselves over. Apps to track and record, to log and motivate. Apps to predict, organise and plan. An app to compare ourselves to others who are also comparing themselves to us. We uncomplainingly deliver little bits of ourselves to app companies, compartmentalising every aspect of our personalities,… Read More Whole

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Things in the post

Things in the post. The post thumped through the letterbox with a satisfying clunk this morning, which meant there was something intriguing and unexpected in there. I love the little thrill of anticipation when post arrives and you don’t know (or can’t remember) what it is. Last week a lovely book turned up that I’d… Read More Things in the post