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Influencing Myself

Wow it’s been a while, hasn’t it?

Yes, I am still alive. Apologies for the lack of activity – the rest of my summer was taken up with writing and submitting my dissertation and finishing my Masters. Which, woo, is all done now. I passed with distinction (!!!) and graduated in December. So what’s new? Well, aside from no longer being a student, I finished up my work as a Learning Support Assistant at the end of last year and am now on a temporary contract as an admin/receptionist/resourcer which isn’t ideal but it’s money and experience and definitely better than nothing!

So where does all this leave the blog?

There’s been a lot going on in the world, and a lot I’d love to write about – from the shootings in America to the rape in Delhi, from feminism, sexism within the atheist community and wider world in general, travel bits and pieces etc etc. I even have about five posts started but hanging around the ‘draft’ graveyard unfinished due to a number of issues – times, motivation, focus, blah blah. And also due to a realisation that I simply don’t know enough about these topics in order to write an properly informed opinion.

So I’ve been educating myself and I thought I’d share with you guys a few of the blogs I read so you can see what I and my opinions are being influenced by.

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Reading Lists

One of the first things you should know about me is I’m an avid reader. I literally devour books. Ok, well not literally because that would be a waste of good reading material, but you know the phrase!

So I’ve decided this year to see just how many books I do manage to cram in. I’ve sort-of stolen the idea from  The Vintage Bookworm and have added a brand a new page (Books) where I can keep a record of all my reading (both academic and non-academic), for those interested 🙂

I primarily read fantasy but I’ve been known to branch out more than occasionally into other genres, and I’m always open to suggestions! I shall probably talk more about some of my favourites in more depth at a later date, but just know that they include Sir Terry Pratchett, Terry Goodkind, Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan.

You’ll notice I’ve got off to a good start this year with reading, but that’s because some were Christmas gifts and as I’ve been at home for the past couple of weeks I’ve had very little else to do but read (the curse of living in a tiny village in the middle of the English countryside!). Not that I mind the reading time of course! And as they say, only boring people get bored.