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You chose… ‘Contested Will’ for February’s ‘Famous Figures’!


It’s fair to say that the fiction and poetry of many of the finest writers of the past century or so…have been deeply autobiographical. The link between the life and the work is one of the things we’re curious about and look for when we pick up the latest book by a favourite author.” – James Shapiro ‘Contested Will’

I’m happy to reveal that February’s ‘Famous Figures’ most voted material is James Shapiro’s 2010 ‘Contested Will’!

You voted over on Instagram that Shapiro’s explorative text should be reviewed over Lucy Worsley’s ‘Jane Austen At Home’.

Shaprio’s novel explores the many conspiracy theories and rumours surrounding of one of the most famous, and elusive, playwrights and poets of the 17th century. Not only does he explore never-before seen details surrounding ‘the bard’s’ life and career, but asks why so many other authors have been suggested to write the plays that are still so popular today.

My review will be uploaded sometime around mid-February so make sure you follow and keep posted in order to receive regular updates and information.

Are you disappointed with the choice? Submit your own suggestions for review in my ‘Contact’ page and let me know why I should take on your suggestion!

Happy reading,


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Morning Glory?

“Morning without you is a dwindled dawn” – Emily Dickinson


Finding time to read a little everyday in our busy months is like a little luxury. So why don’t why we take this time and treat it as such? When we try to squeeze in time to read it becomes a daunting process; an assigned and expected prescription forced in to our daily routine to better ourselves. But this creates a sudden self-tension and all of a sudden reading has become that which we hate the most; a daily chore that blends in or is faded into the background as a less important task for today.

But why is this? Reading can be pure joy, the mental equivalent of a spa-break for your head. So why do we continue to treat this important and necessary activity as of little importance than our daily workouts or even our beauty routines?

Some may argue that there isn’t simply enough time in the day, but this is merely an excuse. Instead of that glass of wine in front of the telly after a day of work, turn to one of your oldest, battered and forgotten novels and treat that as a time to unwind instead.

So here is a challenge for you ‘putter-offer’ readers; take half an hour everyday to just read. It could be a paper on the commute on the tube; a news article on your phone in your lunch break at the office; or even a quick short story in a magazine between school-runs, washing clothes and shopping trips because the benefits of reading (particularly in the morning) are endless.

Not only will reading more frequently keep your brain sharp, but frequent reading can be treated as equally beneficial brain exercises as puzzles, lowering mental decline that comes with age by 32% (Neurology). Frequent readers are also 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimers than those who engage more frequently in less stimulating activities, keeping your mind young and well-functioning as you begin to hit retirement (PNAS).

Reading in the morning is like a workout for your brain as much as exercise is for your body; it will wake you up, relieve your stress and stimulate early mental activity. Do whatever works for you; get up at 4am just to read for an extra half an hour before your daily ‘get ready’ routine, relax in your garden with a mug of tea and the chapter of a big book before you even begin to think of tidying your house. It will be difficult at first, but much like the other elements of your day, it will soon become an absorbed and truly healthy habit that can benefit your mental well-being throughout your life.

So, happy reading,



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In-Text Citation:

Neurology. “Life-span cognitive activity, neuropathologic burden, and cognitive aging.”

PNAS. “Patients with Alzheimer’s disease have reduced activities in midlife compared with healthy control-group members.”


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Dear Readers…

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“Reading brings us unknown friends.” – Honoré de Balzac

Dear Readers,

Happy (very) belated New Year and welcome to the newly developed That Book Blog!

I’m so sorry I haven’t been active on my site until now, but the past few months have been a whirlwind of university deadlines, moving houses and travelling! But now I’m back, so the critiquing can begin.

I’ve been debating for a while how to effectively manage my site in order to create consistently interesting content as well as engage in effective time management solutions but I think I’ve finally come up with a workable concept!

This is my plan:

Each month, a theme will be chosen and I will read a recently published (or soon to be published!) work of literature to fit around this theme. For example, in December I may choose the theme ‘Festive’ and so will read a novel that distinctly includes ideas centred around Christmas, snow, wintry settings etc. etc.

This theme could be chosen either by a random generator (if I feel a lack of inspiration), at recommendation, or even just because there’s a specific genre or style of work I’d like to read. However, this theme may also be related to certain novels being published at certain times. For example, in February there is normally a large amount of romance novels, poems etc. published in order to fit in with the consumer idea of Valentine’s Day so I may choose to review one of these. But don’t worry, I may choose something completely vague or out of the blue every once in a while to keep my readers interested!

With this concept, I’m hoping to publish two reviews at least twice a month; reviewing a ‘new’ or recently published work of literature as well as an unpublished or soon-to-be published piece of literature taken from sites such as NetGalley.

But PLEASE! If there are any other pieces you’d really love for me to review please leave a comment on my ‘Contact’ page and I will try my hardest to grab my hands on your suggested copy.

My reviews will be posted under ‘Daisy Reads’ on my menu where you can find and search all my new and past reviews!

I have extremely high hopes for this site and can’t wait to make my book blog ‘that’ book blog where all passionate readers can converge and converse on (see what I did there?).

February’s chosen theme will be revealed shortly! However, you can keep up to date with the blog and myself on Instagram where you can be truly part of the blog by voting in polls for what YOU want to see me read and review (and I will always do so truthfully…). Information can be found at my credentials down below.

Until February then!

Best wishes,

Daisy x

That Book Blog.

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