The Danish art of hygge, or hominess, has gained a lot of attention in the past couple of years, but I only discovered it very recently, whilst reading The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell. I love the main principles of hygge: getting cosy under a blanket, lighting candles, drinking tea. But my favourite…… Continue reading Reading and Hygge
Spring is portrayed as a time of renewal, a time to reflect on the months that have passed and determine how the year ahead should look. I can assess the resolutions that I made in January, and feel satisfied that I am well on my way to meeting my goals, but that doesn’t mean that…… Continue reading Thoughts for Spring
When I started Passports & Paperbacks, I made a commitment to read more widely (you can read all about my goals for 2017 here). This meant delving into genres that I had either never read from before, or that I have sorely neglected over the past few years. When it comes to reading, I know…… Continue reading Expanding My Reading Horizons: An Update
This year, I’ve challenged myself to get started on my own novel, a historical fiction set in the Tudor period. The process has got me thinking about the importance of research when it comes to attempting this genre. Unlike say a fantasy or a romance, historical fiction is largely based in fact. As a reader,…… Continue reading How Important is Research in Historical Fiction?
I don’t necessarily believe in New Year’s resolutions but I do believe in the power of new beginnings, and what better time than January to embark on a fresh start, eh? If 2016 had been a book (12 chapters, 365 pages – you get the idea) in the series of my life, I’m not entirely…… Continue reading New Beginnings