Today’s post, whilst still bookish, is a little bit different to what I normally write. I thought some people might find it interesting to read about what an average week in my job in academic publishing is like. I know when I was considering moving jobs I couldn’t really find much online in the way of an average day working in academic publishing, so I hope this might help anyone who is considering it, or maybe hasn’t considered it yet! It will be a long post and could very well be quite boring, but I felt there wasn’t much point in doing this if I wasn’t going to explain things fully. Otherwise, it would have been a bunch of acronyms and terms that wouldn’t make much sense to anyone outside of publishing!
Welcome to my first Friday’s Further Reading post! In these posts I’ll be sharing a handful of interesting reads I’ve come across in the past few weeks. These could be short stories, poems, posts from other bloggers, or news articles; bookish and otherwise.
We’re over two weeks into 2020 now and I’ve had time to think about what I want to achieve reading-wise this year. Having reflected on my 2019 goals, I want to continue with the same practices and hopefully have a great year of reading in 2020! Christmas also marked one year since going self-hosted, so I think it’s a good time to reflect on things I want to do with The Owlery Reader too. Finally, I have a few personal goals I’d like to set myself as well.
I hope you’re all having a relaxing break over the holidays! I’ve been so busy this month and so I’ve been slacking with my blogging a little, but I’m hoping the restorative vibe of January will help get my butt back into gear and get me blogging again. Anyway, have a wonderful day and enjoy …
It’s the last week of Non-Fiction November! The final prompt for the month comes from Rennie @ WhatsNonfiction and asks which non-fiction books recommended by fellow bloggers have made it on to your TBR following the past few weeks.
I’m reviewing something a little different today. This Thursday was my birthday (yay me!) and I had a lovely surprise present from my brother’s girlfriend in the form of tickets to see War Horse at The Troubadour theatre in London.
Week four of Non-Fiction November is hosted by Leann @ Shelf_Aware_ on Instagram! This week’s topic is non-fiction favourites, specifically what a non-fiction books needs in order to become a favourite.
It’s week three of Non-Fiction November! This week’s prompt is hosted by Katie @ DoingDewey and is Be the Expert / Ask the Expert / Become the Expert. There are three ways this prompt can be approached: You can Be the Expert by recommending three books you’ve read on a specific topic; you can put a call out, so Ask the Expert, for recommendations for books on a topic; or you can attempt to Become the Expert by creating a TBR for a topic you want to learn more about.
I came across this post by Sarah, who in turn was inspired by Charlotte’s series on her blog Tea Leaf Reads, and it looked like a really clever way of culling my TBR pile! The idea is to assign a book a rating based on various factors, so Charlotte rates her books by how motivated she is to read it and how interested she is in the premise, whilst Sarah adds a third factor; the average rating of her Goodreads friends. If a book gets a low rating, it’s out.
It’s time for the second instalment of Non-Fiction November, and this week is hosted by Sarah @ Sarah’s Book Shelves. For week two, we’re pairing up Fiction and Non-Fiction books. I found this prompt kind of hard actually – I didn’t realise how much the topics I read varies between fiction and non-fiction. I managed to find three pairings that I don’t think are too much of a stretch though, so let’s get into it!