Sunsets [Monthly Reading Love]

I find it easy to forget how light it stays here in England late into the evening in the summer months. Sometimes you can even see the final glow of sunset still lingering on the horizon as late as 11pm. It startles me some nights, passing a window and out of the corner of my eye, seeing that spray of light peeking over the fence in my parents garden.

Still, the birds begin singing and settling down for sleep when it’s still light in the evening. Mikey has trouble with doing the same. It does leave room for going to the local park to practice riding his bike and play on the slide after dinner but he has very definite thoughts of his own about how it’s only bedtime when it’s dark outside.

I’ve been feeling a little under the weather this weekend, though. Mikey and I visited my old Primary School on Saturday for a little summer fair, him returning home very pleased with himself for having won two prizes in the games that he played and me returning home with a rather sniffly nose.

My sniffles got gradually worse as the day progressed and now I’m feeling a little lazy – in need of a warm blanket, a good book and copious amounts of tea.

I have been reading a little while we’ve been here, I find it harder to make the time to read while I’m home because there’s always something around the house that needs to be done. It’s something I should really try to get back into doing regularly because I do love it, and I thought perhaps instead of the weekly online reading round-ups that I began at the start of this year and then promptly forgot about, I might start doing a sort of monthly thing instead. So I’m going to share what I’ve been reading this month, both online and in book form.

So far I’ve finished off the third book of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Storm of Swords (that’s Game of Thrones to everyone else). We had been watching the TV show too before I came over to visit England and I’ll admit I’ve been geeking out on both the books and the show quite a bit. I’m trying to save the other books in the series until after I get back to Chicago, mostly so that I don’t have to buy them in England and have them weigh down my suitcase further on the trip home, but it’s difficult waiting.

I’m also about halfway through Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers by Kate Hopper which I am finding very inspiring and will likely have to begin reading again as soon as I’ve finished it to properly work through all of the exercises.

In my suitcase I packed a copy of The Children of Men by P.D. James, which I’ve yet to begin reading, but will likely start within the next week. So I suppose I can chat a little about that next time.

I’ve not been reading a whole lot online this week, mostly due to being on vacation and spending time with my family. I’ve been away from my computer a lot more than usual, leaving little time for online reading. A few things did catch my eye though:

The unraveling and these absolutely beautiful Thoughts on Being Human, from Tracey Clark for Roots of She.

The illusion of control and The Wisdom of Allowing Things to Happen from Leo Babauta at ZenHabits.

And finally, I’ve been devouring beautiful photos and pouring through day to day life at Still + Life

Now, I should spend the rest of the day nursing my sniffles and drinking tea, watching the clouds fly past and the rain spatter on the patio and living room windows.

Have you been reading anything that you’d like to share with me?



  1. Loving all the wide open space in your shots. How lovely!!
    I have only been reading photography books as of late, but I’m excited to check out your links here. Thanks for posting them.
    I hope you are feeling well soon!

  2. I actually just finished A Storm of Swords last week! It took a while to get going. I kept telling my husband (who’s read them all at least three times) that nothing was happening. But then CRAZY things started happening (like the Red Wedding). I haven’t seen any of the show yet, though. Mostly because we don’t have HBO but also because I don’t know how I feel about that much nudity on screen 🙂

    Have you read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? I read that a few months ago and liked it.

    Love the sunset shots!

    • I found that it took a while to get going too, but my goodness it did get crazy didn’t it? I’m so excited to read the next one!

      We don’t have HBO either, we watched the episodes on iTunes. There is quite a bit of nudity but that’s not something I mind in TV shows to be honest unless it’s gratuitous and doesn’t fit with the story (I think it’s quite fitting with the story when it’s done on Game of Thrones).

      I haven’t read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo yet actually, thank you for reminding me because I have been meaning to! We watched the film (The 2009 Danish one) and enjoyed it so I am sure I will like the books 🙂 Thank you!

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