The Art of Everyday Photography Round Two!

Just a quick little post from me this morning to let you know that registration for The Art of Everyday Photography, my online photography course, is open again.  We will be starting on 17th November for five weeks (this course is only £40 for the five weeks’ lessons).  You can pop some of your photos into a private Facebook group and get to know your fellow class members there too if you would like to, and you will get all the lessons at the end of the course in ebook form.

I’d love to see some of you in class – pop over to Saltmarsh and Samphire for more information and to sign up!

The Art of Everyday Photography

Organdie. x

My TBR Challenge

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This is a new resolution for me (I say new, I kind of make the same kind of resolution every year, but now I MEAN IT!).  I am going to read every single paper book I own before I buy new books.  This may sound extreme – and I think it is, will I actually be able to do this?! – and I have already found a little way to cheat (more on that later).  My details have come off Amazon – no more buying!  I have been through my books and culled the ones that really didn’t appeal to me any more – some of these books had been on my shelf for years without being read which just seems daft to me.

So after that little cull, I still have far too many books on my TBR pile, plus a handful or two I would like to re-read and remember a little better, so I had better get cracking with some reading!

My self imposed rules:

1) I will only read from my own shelves from now on – until they are all read (or abandoned – more on that below).

2) I can borrow titles that I might need for research purposes from the library in this time – but not just books I fancy reading for the sake of it.

3) My little caveat/cheat (Yippee!) If I read a book that forms part of a series (I have a few books which are number one in different series) and it is so amazing that I cannot wait for the next installment I will allow myself to borrow or buy that ONE book (this is not an excuse for a book buying binge!).

4)  I am going to give myself a 50-80 page rule, if something really isn’t grabbing me by then I can put it to one side to try again later or simply give it away the first time around.  If it doesn’t appeal the second time, it definitely needs to find a new home.

I am aware that this is a non problem really, but I thought I would share it on here if only to remind myself that I have set this challenge and not to cheat on it – I have witnesses on here! I think that the ease with which I can buy books on a whim from Amazon is making me less of a reader and more of a shopper and I don’t like this in the slightest.

So there we go  – anyone else up for the challenge?

Organdie. x

The Year in Books :: October

So September seemed to be a much more productive month for my reading – three books read!  Almost unheard of for me lately!

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You Can Buy Happiness and it’s Cheap by Tammy Strobel was an inspiring read (one that I really would like in its paper counterpart at some point – I underlined a lot in the Kindle version, but it doesn’t feel quite the same as being able to flick through the pages to see my highlights) and has added some fuel to my minimalism and tiny house fire.  Lots of doable ideas and suggestions for me to try and declutter and move on.

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The Distant Hours by Kate Morton was a little bit of a monster book, but even at nearly 700 pages it didn’t feel like too much of a slog.  I didn’t enjoy it as much as some of her other books, but it has put me in my ‘autumnal reading’ mood nicely – I am now craving more huge gothic-y doorstop books to devour as the nights get longer.  Does anyone else change their reading habits with the seasons?  My reading changes a lot depending on the light levels!

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One Day by David Nicholls was a nice easy read.  It was a funny, heart wrenching and ultimately uplifting book.  I thought the way that the story unfolded through the same day over the years was really interesting.  I have read Starter for Ten by Nicholls too and seem to remember enjoying that one too (it was a long long time ago!).  Perhaps I will reserve his new one at the library if I can too.

I am still working my way slowly through The Paper Garden, I am finding it a little dense – but enjoyable – and I am taking it slowly!

I have got The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters from the library (I think I timed it well with my reservation there, I have noticed the list is now at 70 something!) to read in October – another gothic-y read I am hoping.  I like Sarah Waters a lot from what I have read of hers. (My only issue here will be the library time restraints – sometimes I take ages to get into a book and I don’t have long with this one at all.)

I also have a copy of The Vet’s Daughter by Barbara Comyns, picked up for the princely sum of 20p on my travels last week.  I know nothing about this one – only that that cover looked pretty and I have had Our Spoons Came from Woolworths on my reading horizon for ages – but I am looking forward to seeing what this one is all about.

I will also probably be reading some more business and photography books this month too, so another busy month ahead!

I hope you have some lovely things on your reading horizons too – I’d love to know what you have lined up.

Organdie. x