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My Favourite Summer Reading Spot

Today’s post is one that is close to my heart, and although it may not seem like much of a big deal to start with, by the end I hope you will have a feel for its importance to me and for me. This post is dedicated to my favourite spots to read, focusing on one in particular…

Now that it is Summer here in Aus, it is also time for the Christmas holidays, my favourite time of the year. This is partly because it means it is the end of the School year and I get six glorious weeks off, to read and blog and watch tv shows to binge-worthy standards. But it also means I get to spend my time reading outside in my favourite spot. I also get to read inside in my favourite spots as well. But there is something magical about reading outside on a warm summers day.

I know us as readers are creatures of habit when it comes to our ‘spots’ for reading. I always tend to frequent the same places in my house, on my bed, on the far left end of the couch, at my desk in my candle dungeon. Always the same spots. But now the weather has warmed up, it opens up so many new possibilities! And one in particular I am super excited for!

And here it is, my ultimate favourite outdoor reading spot.

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Now let me tell you why it is my favourite place!

Other than it being rather picturesque, it just feels like home. I remember when we planted the apple tree, with my mum, pop and gran, we all dug the dirt, watered the tree, tended to it and now it is established, I still feel that family connection. I think that connection is what draws me to it each summer.

I love laying down on the soft, clover filled grass. Feeling the breeze on my skin, the warm sun on my shoulders and losing myself in the pages of a good book.

When the day gets too hot, I move into the shade of the apple tree and roll onto my back, looking up through the foliage and glimpse the bright blue of the summer sky, between page turns.

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The sounds of birds calling, the horses walking through the paddocks and the sound of cattle grazing on the hill. The leaves gently brushing against one another as a slow breeze blows through the garden.

If I look to my left, I can see the rest of my garden, the tomato plants starting to produce fruit, the raspberry canes in full bloom, with buzzing honey bees collecting and distributing pollen to the flowers. The potatoes with their deep green leaves quietly doing their thing away from prying eyes.

If I look to my right, I can see the gate that my pop made for me to go out into the horse paddock. I can see the yearlings playing in the long summer grass, their neighs to each other echoing around the hills. I see my pop’s house up on the hill, surrounded by his garden that he and my gran made from clay filled soil into a booming native filled oasis, with birds of every kind calling from the trees.

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Yes, this is my ultimate favourite place to read. It is not only doing something that I love, but it is doing something that I love, in a place that makes me feel entirely grounded, entirely at peace with the world. It is somewhere that will always feel like home.

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I want to hear about your favourite place in the whole entire world, that you like to read.

Comment below or write your own blog post, but make sure to use the tag #BookishIntoxicationWrites so that I can see it! I want to hear all about your reading spots and hopefully see them too!

As always,

Thank you for reading!

 

Julie xx

 

 

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Top 5: Childhood Fiction Favourites

I see everyone doing top-5 somethings, but a lot of them feel rather over-done, that being said, here I am doing a top-5 something, and I will probably do more 🙂

Childhood reading is truly something to behold, I find, I have stuck to the genres I enjoyed growing up, the authors I loved as a teenager are now my auto-buy authors and I find myself constantly going back and re-reading the books that I loved. So without further adieu, here are my Top 5, Childhood Fiction Favourites!

 

#1 – Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling – is this even a list without HP?

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I remember being around age 10 and having my mum read the first book to me, it was such a special part of my growing up, she loved the story as much as I did, and by the end of book 1, we were hooked. Book 2, we took turns reading to each other, and by this stage, I was more than able to fluently read out loud (thanks reading obsession from an early age). The rest I remember as getting two copies, so mum and I could read along together and compare notes, reading them to my younger cousin and bringing her into the magical world. Even today, I go back to Hogwarts and I still get those same feelings I got, when I heard it for the first time 16 years ago!

 

#2 – The Phantom Stallion Series by Terri Farley

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What 12 year old girl wasn’t obsessed with horses? I was definitely no exception, but what surprises me, is that this series is so unknown, and here in Australia, it was near on impossible to get my hands on, we had to order it in from America through big bookstores (Dymocks, here’s cheers to you!). This series was everything to me, I wrote my own fan-fiction, used to act it out in the paddocks at home, and I was still reading it when I turned 16, when I started to fall for Jake and have my first book crush. Through the books (all 24 of them), we follow a young girl, ‘Samantha’ through her life living on a ranch in America, we see her have family troubles, love troubles, bank troubles and most importantly horse troubles, with the wild horses living around the family ranch.  Thinking about it now, it sort of sounds like a younger version of ‘Heartland’…  This series is one that sits on the shelf, beckoning me to return to it, and maybe when I get my TBR under control, I’ll finally be able to!

 

#3 Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld

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This series was my first real taste of dystopia and sci-fi all rolled into one. And boy, did I devour it. I was lost in this world where no one was happy with the way the looked and if you didn’t have some form of plastic surgery or tattoos you were considered ‘Bogus’ when really everyone wanted to be ‘Bubbly’. This series is all about self love and self realisation, it was perfect for me when I read it, and just like the Phantom Stallion series, it stares longingly at me, wanting to be re-read.                                                                              I remember being completely obsessed with the world that this series is set in, and the technologies that were available. The protagonist ‘Tally’ spends her days travelling by hover-board!?

 

#4 Anything written by Meg Cabot

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I found Meg Cabot when I was in high school, grade 8-ish I think, so around 15-17. These were funny, easy to read and promoted body positivity in a way that I really needed at that age. What made them more fun, was that my best friend at the time, was also reading them, so it felt like we had something special to share together, to talk about and compare to our world and society. Also, how can you go past titles like that? Especially today, when most of Australia’s population is a 12-14 dress size. It makes it easier to accept you for you, and to embrace who you are. That your dress size doesn’t define you, or who you are or who you are meant to be… I think this message is important, no matter how old or young you are.

 

#5 Horse Head Soup by Rory Barnes

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Now this one, is my favourite, from Primary School, it is about mad scientists travelling back in time and in this book, forward into the future, only to discover that they are exhibits in a Year 2000 theme park; they are living pieces of history! Now to a 8 year old, this was fascinating stuff, not to mention the funny title! I can’t remember exactly why this book has stuck with me since Primary School, I don’t have a copy of it, nor do I remember exactly what happens, but when I think about childhood favourites, this one is definitely up there!

 

So that wraps up my top 5 childhood fiction favourites! As I was saying at the top of the post, what I read in my teenage years, genre wise, is still very much, what I am into now, I read a lot of dystopian novels, a lot of sci-fi and sometimes for a change of pace, I’ll pick up a general or women’s (as they call it now) fiction novel.

Have you read any of these books? Other than Harry Potter of course!

 

Thanks

Julie

P.S Feel free to do your Top 5 Childhood Fiction Favourites and tag me using bookishintoxicationwrites so I can see your top 5 favourites!