Ballet Basics: The Books

Ballet has always been a pretty big part of my life, and I am posting pretty regularly about it now. I always try to include a good amount of background in my posts, but sometimes I forgot that some things that are second nature to me may be a foreign language to you (quite literally, in some cases…)! I’ve decided to do a series on ballet basics, and where to find more information and resources if you are interested in learning more. This post I’m going to be sharing my favourite ballet books, the next will be ballet documentaries, and the final post will be online performances that you can watch! I know that ballet can feel a bit high brow and overwhelming, but I promise that it is accessible and perfect for everyone, no matter what background you come from!

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Chick Lit Tag, 2017

I’ve decided it is time- time for a chick lit tag to inspire us fans to share our favourite books, discover new authors, and share the chick lit love that is lacking in the book world! Many will pooh-pooh at chick lit and dismiss it as pure fluff that doesn’t deserve any time or attention away from a vacation on a beach, but those of us who know the genre understand that it’s often easy-going and light-hearted nature is exactly what draws us to it. This is meant to be a fun tag to share our favourites and see who else feels the chick lit love!

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The 5 Audiobooks You Need to Listen To

Audiobooks are a fairly controversial topic in the world of books, possibly even as controversial as the raging debate over physical and ebooks. (You may think that I’m being dramatic, but these areĀ big issues that companies pour far too much money into promoting one side or the other.) Many people see listening to audiobooks as “cheating”, that if you keep track of the books you read for a yearly challenge or countdown, that it doesn’t “count” because you didn’t read it with your eyes. It’s okay if you are hearing impaired, otherwise it’s reading the traditional way or nothing. Well, I’m hear to say (pun INTENDED) that taking a book in through any venue is a worthwhile pursuit and good for your soul. These are my five favourite audiobooks that I think that everyone should listen to, and I hope you will give them a chance!

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3 Ways to Reduce Your To-Read List

Bookaholic, voracious reader, obsessed with books. All of these terms get tossed around when books and me come up in the same conversation. I will admit, I can’t say no to a good book. Or even a substandard book that I am willing to give a chance. What this means is that my to-read list on Goodreads is at a cool 1187 books, not to mention the few hundred ebooks and physical books that I have waiting for my attention as well. It starts to feel a little bit daunting when I think about just how many books are waiting, so I’m using this three steps to de-clutter my list!

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4 Reasons to Watch and Read Outlander

Outlander, the books that have been in the world for twenty plus years and the tv show that was twenty years in the making! Often called “Game of Thrones for women”, I firmly believe thatĀ Outlander is for everyone. I totally realise that as a historian who mainly studies the history of Ireland and the British Isles that I might be a tad biased, but maybe that also means that I can recommend it even more. The third season of the television show premiers September 10, and this is the perfect time to get caught up in books and on screen before it starts up again!

4 Reasons You Should be Reading and Watching Outlander

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3 Ways to Improve Your Reading Experience

If you are new to the blog or only read one area of the blog, I’m a big reader! I mean, I’m physically petite but I tear through books in no time. No matter what is happening, you can always cozy up with a good book and get lost for a few hours. Fiction, biography, mystery, history, suspense, even cooking books- grab a book and let yourself go! A new book that you’ve been waiting to read or an audiobook that has a fantastic narrator, there is a book out there for you right now. Today’s post is all about to improve your reading experience and make the most of your time to yourself!

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Chick Lit Recommendations for the Summer

I’m a bizarrely intense reader. I’ll read fiction, mysteries, history, fantasy, biographies, cozies, humour, you name it. A lot of people criticise and mock chick lit as a genre for being fluffy and flip. However, sometimes I want to read a book to escape from stress and work and don’t want to have to do mental gymnastics to make my way through a book. Summer is definitely a reading season for me! I love sitting outside or in the three season room for a few hours, especially with a fun piece of chick lit that helps me “get away”. These are my top recommendations for chick lit this summer!

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Summer Book Recs: Crazy Rich Asians!

While I do read more than most and am usually willing to try new books, sometimes it can take me a little while to jump on new books. Sometimes I will read a book solely because of its cover, and sometimes it doesn’t affect the decision at all. Today’s series started out as a sleeper for me, but turned out to be one of my favourites now! It’s perfect for entertainment, for relaxation, for an afternoon when you just want some fun- Crazy Rich Asians!

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How to Find Book Bargains

If you are a reader like me, you will go out of your way to find deals on books. It’s difficult to walk past a bookstore without buying something, but you also realise that space and money aren’t unlimited and you need to limit yourself a little. I have found some ways to save money and find book bargains, for both physical books and ebooks, that I’m going to share with you today.

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Books For… When You Want to Be a Kid Again!

If you were anything like me as a child, you were precocious, probably more than a little annoying, and you loved reading. Children’s books have really developed and expanded as a genre, including the whole tween and YA subgenre- I love that there is a never-ending stream of options for kids to find their reading fit! However, I still believe that the old classic series are where it’s at. There isn’t a ton of violence, they are classic mysteries, and there’s something different about getting lost in the past for a few hours at a time. Today’s post is all about my favourite books as a kid, so get ready for a blast from the past!

Books for... When You Want to Be a Kid Again

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