An Afternoon at the Library & My January Reading List

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I found my monthly reading lists really helpful last year to help myself put aside time to read. When I was younger I never needed to set aside the time, I devoured books at such a rate my mother used to limit how many I was allowed to check out at the time. The limit tended to be what I could carry on my own and despite my over-enthusiasm I never ended up with a library fine! Like a lot of young bookish girls I was quite concerned about blemishes on my "permanent record" so a late book fine seemed nearly as scary as detention or dragons (because like a lot of young bookish girls I also read a lot of books about dragons). Anyway, in the last few years my book-reading has largely fallen by the wayside. But small, achievable monthly goals are handy to get me back into the swing of reading. Sometimes you need a little nudge to return to favorite habits--I could also use a nudge to set some healthy exercise goals for myself, but well, that is a story for another day! Last year I re-read Anne of Green Gables and quickly chased it with the rest of the series (Anne's House of Dreams actually made me tear up but it was beautiful), so I decided to start January on a similar note tackling as much of the Emily of New Moon series by L.M. Montgomery that I can. She's no Anne-girl, but I think I could spend a whole year just read L.M. Montgomery's books and be incandescently happy. Her descriptions of the world and nature, her balance of realism and romanticism is so lovely. Reading her novels is like finding words for things you felt but didn't know how to describe. Even her term for that, kindred spirits, feels without compare. What are you reading lately?  aclotheshorse library visitaclotheshorse library visit aclotheshorse library visit
headband, old shirt & tweed dress, Miss Royal Vintage heels
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Off the topic of books and more on to brogues--this dress has been wallowing in my closet for ages. I don't wear a lot of brown (or at least I haven't in the past) so I was really struggling with what to pair it with. A tweed dress calls for a cozier look, but what shirt pairs under a sleeveless but collared dress? Black tights seemed to clash with the dark brown collar so even finding tights or shoes to pair with it were a struggle. Finally I stumbled across these two-tone oxfords by Miss Royal Vintage and the rest of the outfit fell into place--although I'd still like to find a dark brown pair of tights to make this look even cozier. Sheer tights are not ideal in January weather! I got away with it on this day though since I only spent a short period of time outside quick-stepping to the Robinson Library in Armagh. It's a perfect outfit for the library, but really it's also just an outfit I'm finally glad to be able to wear any day at all! aclotheshorse library visit aclotheshorse library visit aclotheshorse library visit aclotheshorse library visit aclotheshorse library visit
headband, old shirt & tweed dress, Miss Royal Vintage heels

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16 comments:

  1. I rarely see you with your hair down, and you look absolutely gorgeous like this!! Would love to see more hair tutorials from you!! ❤️❤️

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  2. I loved the Emily of New Moon series growing up. Recently reread it and loved it all over again, though I realized that Montgomery is so good at creating moody, even melancholy feelings that I really have to be care and monitor how I was feeing reading it, so that the mood didn't leak over into my real life.

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  3. What a beautiful place to take photos! I love your outfit too!
    xo
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  4. I love your dress, and that library looks simply lovely!

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  5. Whoa that is the most beautifully magical library!

    Rachael | www.roseandpixel.com

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  6. Have you read the Betsy Tacy books? I'm in my 50's and I still read a few of them every year. So sweet. Reading is really the best hobby.

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  7. Like you, I used to devour books when I was younger. I also wrote a lot, so looking back I feel I did spend my time in between pages - either reading or writing. Right now I have been reading a lot on Arthurian legends, fictional as well as biographical, because I'm researching for my own fictional take on those stories. As for pleasure reading, I am on the last stretch of "Bonded in Blood" by Lee Ann, and have read "The Manningtree Account" by Becky Wright, which I did found great, it's atmosphere really hit the spot where it comes to horror.

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  8. I can't believe I've lived in Armagh most of my life and have never visited this wee gem! I'm reading The God of Small Things at the moment. It's a little different to what I'm used to reading but I'm loving the descriptions of the rich Indian landscape x

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  9. I love Emily of New Moon although Anne would be an easier friend I think. If you haven’t read Montgomery’s The Blue Castle then it’s a lovely book!

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  10. I'm finally just now reading The Alchemist and I can't get enough! Gorgeous photos!

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  11. i love anne of green gables, but have actually never read emily and have been meaning to do so! maybe 2018 is the year. and i used to read loads like you when i was younger and really do have to set aside time to get books read these days which is a shame. also, this library looks beautiful! xx

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  12. Had you read The Blue Castle, by Montgomery too?
    I love Anne, but The Blue Castle is my favorite book by her. Love Valency
    Emily is great too, but I like more the charming personality of Anne and her magical way to see the world

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  13. I'm reading a new series called Geek Girl =)

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  14. The Emily books were my favourite Montgomerys! It probably helped that we shared a name. :-) And yes, much of the rest of my childhood was spent reading about dragons, for whom I still have a soft spot.

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  15. I'm reading "I Capture the Castle" by Dodie Smith (upon your favorite books recommendation) and finishing up "Ayoade on Ayoade," which is so hilarious I sound like a crazy person when I read it in public! Happy reading :)

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  16. Such a cute outfit!
    I recently read the first two books of The Kingkiller Chronicle (there are only two so far). Just today I finished the first book from Philip Pullman's new trilogy (The Book of Dust). It's the only one published so far, but I also recommend his first trilogy (His Dark Materials).

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