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The University Library & its Wisdom…

The university library is a magical place. It’s a place you’ll become very well acquainted with throughout your uni years. Its a place you’ll laugh with your friends and a place you’ll cry by yourself over the half finished essay in for two o’clock that day.

As well as a place that has a whole lotta learning taking place in it, it also has some pearls of wisdom to share of its own…

  1. We all have those coveted spaces that, like the habitual creature you are, you crave. However, learn to let go. A major lesson you will learn at uni is live and let live. The desk you have deemed ‘your space’ will just never look right with someone else sat at it and that table that has just the right amount of space will always make you sigh when there’s other people there, BUT…let it go, move on and adapt. You’ll find a new favourite spot.
  2. Always be prepared. In particular, bring food and LOTS of food to your study sessions. Yes you can always nip out and grab a coffee and your fifth chocolate bar of the day, but its so much easier if you do this before hand, no breaking your work flow, just study and munch away.
  3. Allow time for browsing for books. And then add another twenty minutes. This goes for many things in life, if your just about to leave the library and think, ‘ooh I’ll just have a quick look for some books on this subject on my way out’, trust me, it won’t be a quick look. You’ll get absorbed searching the hundreds of books they have on that subject looking for the specific thing you’re looking for. And then before you know it, you’re running late with an armful of books and you still have to check them out yet! *face palm*
  4. The bonds forged over hardship are the strongest. When you make eye contact with your fellow student who is also still in the quiet zone of the library at 3am you know you share each other’s pain.
  5. And finally, remember to smile and find the good. Whether that’s through pain and hardship or when you’re genuinely having a good time. I’ve had some real laughs with good friends in my library and you know what, it’s one of the places I’ll miss about uni, its underrated, its special, its the heartbeat of every university. Yeah, guess who’s the English student.

What do you love about your local library? Are you a hater of ‘those people’ in libraries? Have you learnt anything from your library?

Peace & Love

Lucy xxx

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Review: Evelyn Waugh’s A Handful of Dust

Hello friends!

This is my first book review on this site and the lucky book is Evelyn Waugh’s 1930’s novel A Handful of Dust.

Like many of the books I read at the moment, this one was on my reading list for uni which is not always good for the book, as it means sometimes I have to rush it and thus not thoroughly enjoy it. However, I really enjoyed THIS book!

It tells the tale of an affair between a married woman and a social parasitic mummy’s boy that doesn’t end well for either party. Although if you stand back from this novel it does seem all doom and gloom, it is a level of disillusionment that is laughable at times.

A Handful of Dust is nicely compact novel which is easy to get through and not overly taxing on the brain. It’s an interesting take on genteel, middle class society, post war, complete with their money and very little else! If you like satirical novels, you’ll certain like A Handful of Dust, it mixes tragedy and comedy excellently and the ending is successfully satisfying.

If you are interested in reading A Handful of Dust you can find it on Amazon here

If you’ve read A Handful of Dust, leave a comment and tell me what you liked/loved/hated about it!

Peace & Love

Lucy xx

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Welcome!

Here you are, congratulations! Welcome to my new author’s website!

I have started this website to keep whoever might be interested updated in my writing, whether that be at Uni or my novel. I plan to upload blog posts containing everything from book reviews to lifestyle posts, poems to writing hints and tips and maybe even some author trivia!

As audience builds (as I hope it will!) I will be starting a weekly newsletter which will allow the lucky ones to read sample chapters of my book, enter giveaways and give you insights into my life that otherwise would remain a secret! Sshh!

I hope you enjoy my website and don’t forget to follow me on twitter and instagram for even more updates!

Why don’t you start by checking out more about me here, or dive straight in to more blog posts!

Peace & Love

Lucy xxx